Getting to Ripon

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Use our journey planner above to get specific info on reaching Ripon from wherever you are. Below are some general details:

By road: -

  • from Newcastle and the North - follow the A1(M) south to Junction 50 then take the A61 (about 70 mins from Newcastle)
  • from Leeds and the South - follow the A1(M) north to Junction 48 then take the A168 northwards to the junction with the B6265 (about 45 mins from Leeds)
  • from Harrogate - follow the A61 north (about 25 mins)
  • from Masham - follow the A6108 south (about 20 mins)
  • from Pateley Bridge - take the B6265 (about 30 mins)
  • from York - follow the A59 west, then A168 north, then take the B6265 (about 35 mins)

Parking for cars and coaches is situated conveniently near to the museums in the main city car parks next to the bus station.

By public transport: -

The '36' bus runs up to every 20 minutes between Leeds, Harrogate and Ripon. Telephone 01423 566061 or visit for further information.

The 'Ripon Roweller' local bus service provides a link from the outlying villages into Ripon bus station. For more details telephone: 01423 526655 or 01609 785668.

National Express provide daily coach services to Ripon from the following locations: Birmingham (320); Sheffield (320); Chester (383); Liverpool (060); Leeds (383); Newcastle (383); Edinburgh (383); London (425 & 561). For further details telephone 08705 808080 or visit

By boat: -

Ripon is one of the most northerly points on the English canal system. From the River Ouse navigate the River Ure to join the Ripon Canal at Oxclose Lock.

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