Visiting Ripon

Courthouse Museum

Ripon is a cathedral city located in North Yorkshire, within easy travelling distance of Harrogate and York.

Visitors can easily walk around the picturesque streets at the centre of Ripon, enjoying a range of independent cafes, restaurants and shops.

You’ll also find plenty of other visitor attractions and accommodation in the area, if you’re planning to stay for a few days.


Things to do in and around Ripon


Ripon Cathedral

This stunning cathedral is in the centre of Ripon and was founded by St. Wilfrid in 672AD. Entry is free.

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Run by the National Trust, this World Heritage Site is located a short distance outside Ripon. Visitors can explore the ruins of Fountains Abbey, which was founded in 1132, and wander the Studley Royal water gardens and deer park.

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Newby Hall and Gardens

This elegant Georgian House is surrounded by beautiful gardens, along with an adventure playground and sculpture park.

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Lightwater Valley

This theme park is aimed at families, with rides and attractions for the under 12s.

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Markenfield Hall

This historic house, complete with moat and Medieval courtyard, can be found three miles south of Ripon, tucked away among beautiful countryside.

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