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Ripon

The little city that packs a big punch, Ripon is a cathedral city steeped in history and home to distinctive 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 be discovered.

With a thriving marketplace and a magnificent cathedral this busy little city will earn a place in any visitor’s heart.  There are always great things to do in Ripon.  As well as the heritage within the city limits, Ripon also boasts an outstanding racecourse, a glorious stately home, a magnificent abbey and popular theme park. 

Introducing Ripon

This city’s history is intertwined with the history of the church, with an impressive cathedral building, and the nearby historical powerhouse of Fountains Abbey which owned much of the surrounding land. 

The growth of the city through trade and manufacturing led to a canal being built to link it to the navigable parts of the River Ure and provide coal to this growing trading centre. 

Today this makes for a delightful city to explore, filled with historical intrigue and spoiled for riverside and canal-side walks.

Yorkshire’s Big Little Secret

There is a curious collection of events in Ripon 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 enjoy.  A budding grass roots arts scene sees exhibitions throughout the year and musical events are regular occurrences at the cathedral.

The weekly market has the best local fruit and veg, and the shops around the market square offer great produce and value all week.

Ripon has long been thought of as one of the major inspirations for Lewis Carols Alice in Wonderland, the author spent a great deal of time with family in the city, exploring the animal carvings in the cathedral which are thought to have inspired the novel.

Getting there.

The city is just a few miles from the A1.  Junction 48 Northbound, Junction 49 Southbound and is connected to Harrogate by the A61.

City Centre Car Parks:

There is also a regular bus service from Harrogate and Leeds – the Number 36 runs every 15 minutes through the day.

Travel Times:
20 Minutes from Masham & Pateley Bridge & Boroughbridge
30 minutes from Harrogate, Knaresborough

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