Ripon Ghost Walks


Explore the darker side of the historic city of Ripon on this ghost walk, hearing tales of ghouls and ghostly goings on around every corner!

Dates for 2021 will be released in spring.

Price: £3 adults / £1 under 16s

The walk will last around 1 hour 30 minutes, finishing back at the Market Square in time to see the Ripon Hornblower at 9pm.

About the walks

Ghost Walk

Explore the darker side of Ripon’s history from the macabre to the mysterious. Discover ancient burial sites, curious bone finds and characters who lived and died hundreds of years ago but who some say still linger.

Halloween and Christmas Walks

Following the same route as the normal Ghost Walk but with some extra themed spooky stories added in - feel free to dress up in Halloween costume or put your Santa hats on!


Do I need to book?

There's no need to book - just turn up! However, if you're coming in a group of more than 10, some advanced warning would be appreciated! Get in touch to let us know by contacting Tony Hirst on 01765 607028 or via [email protected]

What can I expect?

There's no audience participation on the ghost walks required, just fascinating stories and spooky tales to be heard as you explore the most haunted spots of Ripon.

Of course, any questions and comments you may have are welcome along the way, and if you've ever seen a ghost in Ripon, we'd love to hear about it!

Is it suitable for children?

The Ghost Walk is suitable for anyone who wants to hear about the ghostly goings on in Ripon, past and present. They are aimed at adults and family groups with children 7-16.

Can I bring my dog along?

Friendly dogs are more than welcome. They'll need to be kept on a lead and won't be able to enter the musuems on any museum specials. All we ask is that you're mindful of any children (or adults) on the walk who may be scared of dogs, and take action if your dog does get a little excited and people cannot hear the guide.

Is it pushchair or wheelchair friendly?

The route is suitable for pushchairs with the negotiation of a few steps and alleyways. Our guides are happy to adapt the route for wheelchair users but would prefer advance notice in order to ensure the best route on the night.

More route info please!

We don't want to give too much away, but you will be doing some walking - about 1 mile - mainly along pavements but with some steps and cobbles too.

Do you offer private bookings?

Yes! If you have a group of 10 or more and are interested in a Ghost Walk just for your group, get in touch. Our volunteer guides are busy folk so they may not be available but will do their best to accommodate you.

Meet the guides

Moira or David A will be your guides along with ghostmaster Tony. Moira used to be secretary of the Ripon Civic Society and has always had a passion for local history and all things spooky.

David A is a wonderful actor who brings the ghoulish accounts to life.

Tony is a Ripon Ambassador and will welcome you, sell you your ticket and make sure everyone is keeping up and happy - and if you're lucky, he might tell a ghostly tale or two himself.

On some nights, you might even be lucky enough to meet Richard at the Workhouse Museum - he'll be in character though so won't answer to Richard on the night.

The Ripon Ghost Walk is run through Ripon Museums and supported by Review Ripon as a great thing to do in Ripon. All guides provide their time free of charge with all proceeds donated to the Ripon Museums Trust.