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

This city’s rich cultural 1300 year history is a natural draw for many visitors keen to experience the serenity and beauty of Ripon Cathedral – its tiny chapel is the oldest surviving Anglo-Saxon crypt in England – and its surrounding narrow atmospheric streets.

This city’s rich cultural 1300 year history is a natural draw for many visitors keen to experience the serenity and beauty of Ripon Cathedral – its tiny chapel is the oldest surviving Anglo-Saxon crypt in England – and its surrounding narrow atmospheric streets.

The beautifully preserved and restored Yorkshire Law and Order Museums offer a unique insight into the workings of the Victorian court, prison and workhouse system – allowing a hands-on and sobering experience of what life was like for the many families unlucky enough to be touched by it.

For those who like a flutter – or just to experience the thrill of magnificent thoroughbreds competing to outpace each other – Ripon Racecourse (often known as the Garden Racecourse) is hugely popular with committed race-goers and occasional visitors alike.

Your day out  in Ripon

Three Graces Spa
Spa & Relaxation
Ripon
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Three Graces Spa

Three Graces Spa and ELITE Luxury Gym and Executive Wellness at Grantley Hall offer an award-winning combination of spa...

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
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Ripon
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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

Surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site has a lot to offer for a thoroughly enjoyable...

Ripon Cathedral
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Ripon
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Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral is marking an incredible milestone, celebrating 1350 years since its consecration by St Wilfrid in 672AD. Remarkably...

Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park
Family Attractions
Ripon
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Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park

With over 30 rides and attractions, Lightwater Valley in Ripon, North Yorkshire, is bursting with fun and adventures for...

Ripon Racecourse
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Ripon
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Ripon Racecourse

Horse racing in Ripon, North Yorkshire takes place at what is affectionately termed Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse - Ripon Racecourse...

Ripon Workhouse & Garden Museum
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Ripon
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Ripon Workhouse & Garden Museum

Follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through our three museums. Desperation often led the poor to a...

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For thrill-seekers, there is Lightwater Valley Theme Park just a short drive from the city.  Home to Europe’s longest rollercoaster – the Ultimate – as well as 40 other hair-raising rides, Lightwater Valley is guaranteed to delight the young and the young at heart in your family.

If you fancy a spot of retail therapy – the city offers a delightful range of independent shops a million miles away from the typical high street!

Perfect for browsing for an unusual gift for that special someone – and don’t forget that Lightwater Valley Shopping Village has an unparalleled range of fashion, soft furnishings, home décor, toys, cards, crafts, cookware and foodie treats.

Ripon boasts its own World Heritage Site in Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – a truly magnificent National Trust site comprising a 12thcentury Cistercian abbey within the extraordinary Georgian Water Garden of Studley Royal and Deer Park – be as stunned by the drama and surprises of the landscape as the first visitors were by John Aislabie’s meticulous 18th century design.

Get the most from your  visit to Ripon

The Himalayan Garden &...
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The Himalayan Garden &...

Markenfield Hall
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Markenfield Hall

Ripon Rowel Walk
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Ripon Rowel Walk

Ripon City Wetlands Nature...
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Ripon City Wetlands Nature...

Ripon Spa Gardens
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Ripon Spa Gardens

Ripon Walled Garden
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Ripon Walled Garden

Ripon & Fountains Abbey Walk
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Ripon & Fountains Abbey Walk

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The landed gentry loved the beauty of North Yorkshire and many chose to build homes here, commissioning the finest designers and craftspeople of their day – visit Newby Hall and Gardens and Beningbrough Hall to experience the grandeur and beauty of how the other half lived!

And for those keen to get out and blow away the cobwebs – there is no shortage of stunning walks – from a gentle stroll to something altogether more challenging – pull on your boots and get inspired!

And after all this activity has worked up an appetite for lunch or dinner, we have plenty to tempt your taste buds, whether you fancy afternoon tea with light as air scones in a cosy tearoom or a hearty feast in one of our many wonderful pubs or restaurants.

There are so many great things to do in Ripon we know you will wish you were staying longer.

Events in  Ripon

Summer Jaguar Festival
14th Aug 2022

Summer Jaguar Festival

Pride and Prejudice at Ripon...
20th Aug 2022

Pride and Prejudice at Ripon...

Little Bird Artisan Market...
27th Aug 2022

Little Bird Artisan Market...

Pop up party at Ripon Spa...
27th Aug 2022

Pop up party at Ripon Spa...

Annual Photography Exhibition
10th Sep 2022

Annual Photography Exhibition

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show
16th Sep 2022

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

For the Love of Musicals
24th Sep 2022

For the Love of Musicals

Peter Donohoe Plays...
8th Oct 2022

Peter Donohoe Plays...

Peter Donohoe Plays...
9th Oct 2022

Peter Donohoe Plays...

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Blogs in  Ripon

A place to feel good:...
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Rain or shine…

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Giant Snow Globe Brings...

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Christmas Shopping, Markets...

District of illuminations

District of illuminations

Picture perfect Fountains...
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Picture perfect Fountains...

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Harrogate shopping just won't...

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All the Fun of the Fair at...

A weekend of Gardens in and...
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A weekend of Gardens in and...

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