Ripon Cathedral

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01765 602072

Address

Minster Road Ripon North Yorkshire HG4 1QT

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Ripon Cathedral is marking an incredible milestone, celebrating 1350 years since its consecration by St Wilfrid in 672AD. Remarkably, the Anglo-Saxon crypt remains from Wilfrid’s original basilica church. This sacred space is the oldest building of any English cathedral, and it is still in use today.

Everyone is welcome to come and explore this amazing building and entrance is free. We are host to a whole programme of events, from sound and light installations to bespoke art exhibitions.

Ripon Cathedral is open to visitors every day from 8:30am to 6pm, Sundays from 12 noon with visitors welcome to explore this breath-taking building.

Not to be missed are the medieval choir stalls that inspired Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland. You can also follow in the footsteps of Wilfred Owen, the war poet as he recuperated here during WW1 and wrote many of his famous poems, before returning to the front to die. The first stone church was founded by St Wilfrid and dedicated in 672. The crypt remains from this time and is a highlight of any visit.

The cathedral holds several services a day and a series of musical concerts - open to all who may be interested. Whether you are coming to enjoy some special music, explore the ancient crypt, light a candle or simply enjoy the atmosphere of this holy building, you are most welcome.

Guides and Welcomers are on duty in the cathedral daily between 10am and 4.30pm and pride themselves on giving a warm Yorkshire welcome and answering any questions that you may have.

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