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Shopping in Ripon

Shopping in Ripon

Going shopping in Ripon is a great way to discover Ripon. As well as the traditional market square with...

Things to do around Ripon

Things to do around Ripon

Ripon is perfectly placed for easy access to a wealth of attractions and experiences so we can guarantee there’s...

Places to Eat in Ripon

Places to Eat in Ripon

In the streets of Ripon you find a spread of cafés, restaurants and pubs. In distinctive cosy tearooms, you...

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The little city that packs a big punch. Ripon is a cathedral city steeped in history and home to magnificent historical buildings and long observed traditions. You will find a trio of award winning museums and a gothic cathedral that dates back to the 7th century that are waiting to feed enquiring minds

With a thriving market place and a magnificent cathedral, this busy little city will earn a place in any visitor’s heart. Reaching out from the market square are small streets and snickets that are home to the eclectic and specialist shops for which Ripon is so loved. Amongst them are cafes and pubs, offering refreshment and home cooked food throughout the day.

This city’s history is entwined with the church, both due to the cathedral in Ripon city centre and its proximity to the nearby Fountains Abbey.

Ripon also boasts an outstanding racecourse, a glorious stately home, a magnificent abbey and popular theme park. There are always great things to do in Ripon.

The growth of the city through trade and manufacturing led to the building of a canal to link it to the navigable parts of the River Ure. Today this makes Ripon a delightful city to explore, with riverside and canal side walks that reach into the countryside and buildings that span the last thousand years.

Places to Stay in Ripon

Places to Stay in Ripon

There is far too much to do in and around Ripon for just one day; stay awhile amidst its ancient charms and you will be spoilt for choice. Whether you plan a short break or are lucky enough to be able to stay for a week or more, we have the perfect accommodation for you! Immerse yourself in 1300 years of heritage and stay in and amongst the ancient buildings which are steeped in history...

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Yorkshire’s Big Little Secret

Ripon has a curious collection of events that always delight visitors, from the nightly setting of the watch by the Hornblower, to the annual Boxing Day pilgrimage – the character of this city is bursting out to be enjoyed. A budding grass roots arts scene sees regular exhibitions throughout the year and musical events are a regular feature at the cathedral.

Ripon has long been thought of as one of the major inspirations for Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The author spent a great deal of time with family in the city exploring the animal carvings in the cathedral. It is quite likely that the gypsum sinkholes found in the surrounding countryside were the inspiration for the beginning of Alice’s mysterious

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Ripon Businesses

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Ripon Events

Wedding Gown Show at Ripon Cathedral
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Ripon
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Wedding Gown Show at Ripon Cathedral

On July 29 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the wedding of HRH Prince Charles to the late Princess...

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Come and join us at our Halloween Market in Ripon. Little Bird Artisan Markets take place at a variety...

Ripon Workhouse and Orphanage Ghost Hunt Friday 12th November 2021
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Ripon Workhouse and Orphanage Ghost Hunt Friday 12th November 2021

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We’re welcoming Chapter House Theatre Company to Ripon Spa Gardens to give you a stunning performance of ‘Alice in...

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Eucharist for St Stephen’s Day and Pilgrimage to Fountains Abbey, retracing the steps of the abbey’s founders centuries ago...

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Ripon Blogs

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Picture perfect Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey, Ripon is one of the National Trust’s most Instagrammed locations.  This summer has seen many of us enjoying...

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What's new at the Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park
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Here in the beautiful countryside between Masham and Ripon, the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park at Grewelthorpe is a...

Something amazing is happening at Ripon Cathedral this summer
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Something amazing is happening at Ripon Cathedral this summer

Something amazing is happing at Ripon Cathedral this summer Thousands of beautiful, white, paper angels are being created and...

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We set up a giant snow globe outside Ripon Cathedral to bring some fun to people out doing their shopping...

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In normal times, Ripon Museums will hold several exhibitions a year across three sites: the Workhouse Museum, Prison &...

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