A day in and around Ripon 



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

Introducing Ripon

With a thriving marketplace 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.


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 adventure.

Getting There.

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