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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.

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.

For thrill seekers, there is Lightwater Valley Theme Park just a short drive from the city.


Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
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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 Racecourse
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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 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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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.


Newby Hall & Gardens
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Newby Hall & Gardens

Newby Hall & Gardens is the the perfect spot for a day out that the whole family can enjoy...

Markenfield Hall
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Markenfield Hall

Markenfield Hall – tucked privately away along a mile-long winding drive, just three miles south of Ripon, has been...

Hackfall Woods
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Hackfall Woods

Hackfall is a stunning woodland site near Masham, with lakes, waterfalls, follies and an intricate network of paths to...

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Ripon boasts its own World Heritage Site in Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – a truly magnificent National Trust site comprising a 12th century 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.

The landed gentry have always 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!


Ripon Prison and Police Museum
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Ripon Prison and Police Museum

Follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through the three Ripon Museums. The Prison & Police Museum is...

Ripon Cathedral
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Ripon Cathedral

Everyone is welcome to come and explore this amazing building and entrance is free. The cathedral has offered an...

Lightwater Valley Theme Park
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Lightwater Valley Theme Park

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

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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.

Ripon Spa Gardens
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Ripon Spa Gardens

This beautiful floral park in the heart of Ripon offers space for walking, play and taking a few minutes...

The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park
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The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

The award winning Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park is open from the 2nd of April to the 31st of...

Ripon City Wetlands Nature Reserve
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Ripon City Wetlands Nature Reserve

The Ripon City Wetlands, just south of Ripon is a ‘must visit’ site for nature lovers and those seeking...

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Ripon Courthouse Museum
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Ripon Courthouse Museum

Follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through the three Ripon Museums. The Liberty Courthouse remains virtually unchanged...

Ripon Walled Garden
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Ripon Walled Garden

Once part of the Bishop’s Palace, Ripon Walled Garden is now home to the Ripon Community Link Charity. This...

Ripon Spa Baths
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Ripon Spa Baths

Situated to the west of the Market City of Ripon, The Spa baths are a short 5 minute walk...

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