Ripon Heritage 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 2022 walks are listed below. So that we can manage group numbers, we ask you to book your tickets in advance online.

  • Thursday 21 April – book here
  • Thursday 2 June – book here
  • Friday 24 June – In collaboration with the Ripon Theatre Festival – book here
  • Thursday 28 July 
  • Thursday 11 August 
  • Thursday 25 August
  • Thursday 27 October 
  • Monday 31 October: Halloween Special
  • Tuesday 27 December: Christmas Special 


£5 adults / £3 under 16s

Starting point:

Meet at 7.15pm 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!


Due to COVID-19, we ask you to book your tickets online in advance. 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.

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.

Meet the guides

Tony, our Ripon Ambassador, will welcome you in the Market Square and introduce you to either Mark or David, our ghost walk leaders who have a penchant for the macabre.

On some nights, you might even be lucky enough to see Richard or Joel at the Workhouse Museum, but it’s best not to interact with them, just in case.

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 Ripon Museum Trust.

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