Ripon Ghost Walks

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With such a long history, it’s no wonder the streets of Ripon are filled with stories.

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.

Dates for our 2023 walks are listed below. So that we can manage group numbers, we ask you to book your tickets in advance online.

  • Thursday 27 July 2023 Book here
  • Thursday 10 August 2023 Book here
  • Thursday 24 August 2023 Book here
  • Friday 27 October 2023 at 16:45 (Children’s Halloween Special) Book here
  • Tuesday 31 October 2o23 (Halloween Special) Book here
  • Wednesday 27 December 2023 (Christmas Special) Book here


£6 adults / £4 under 16s

Starting point:

Meet at 7.15pm unless otherwise stated by the red telephone boxes in the Market Place. The walk will last around 1 hour 30 minutes, finishing back at the Market Square in time to see the Ripon Hornblower at 9pm.

Halloween and Christmas specials:

Follow 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!


We ask that you book your tickets in advance as walk ups may not be able to be accommodated if the group is already full. You can select the event you’d like to book via the links above.

No audience participation is required, just fascinating stories and spooky tales to be heard as you explore the most haunted spots of Ripon.

Of course, feel free to ask us questions along the way, and if you’ve ever seen a ghost in Ripon, we’d love to hear about it!

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 years old.

We occasionally host special Children’s Ghost Walks which are tailored specifically for children, with an earlier start time of 4.45pm. 

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.

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.

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

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. Email [email protected] with your enquiry.

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