The Victoria Clock Tower in Ripon was built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.It was officially opened at a ceremony attended by the Mayor,Local Dignitaries,a Brass Band and a large crowd of Ripon's citizens in 1898.The building of the Clock Tower was entirely funded by two sisters,the Misses Cross.
The History of Policing is traced through displays of uniforms and artefacts from the trusts extensive collections of police and prison memorabilia.The complex of buildings in St.Marygate served Ripon as the house of correction for Vagrants(1686-1816),Liberty Prison(1816-1878) and Police Station(1887-1956).The Museum,first opened in 1984,reopened in 2004 following a complete refurbishment.The Museum is housed in a building which formed part of the former house of correction and Liberty Gaol and which is now an integral part of the overall attraction of the museum.On the first floor visitors will see an empty cell and can experience what its like to be in that cell with just a wooden bed and a bucket in the corner,other displays illustrate the punitive exercises which were used in prisons,types of punishment that were given out,transportation,and the establishment of H.M.Prison Services.
Open every day-1pm till 4pm
Prices-Adult:£4.00,Child:£2.00,Adult Annual Ticket:£9.00
Spa Gardens is a beautiful public park in the heart of Ripon,the gardens boast Ripon's War Memorial and has won the Yorkshire in Bloom award several times for its splendid flower beds.There is a splendid Victorian Band stand in the middle of the park that plays host to many concerts and festivals throughout the year.For Birdwatchers,carefully sited nesting boxes have encouraged many varieties to make a home in the gardens alongside outdoor games and the Sun Parlour cafe serving home cooked food.
In 2011 the Friends of Spa Gardens working in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council,were successful in securing funding towards the restoration of the War Memorial and the Marquess of Ripon Statue.
There is limited off st parking near the entrance and the park is open all year round 24 hours a day.
The information centre has all the info you will need for your visit to Ripon and the surrounding area.The helpful staff will be able to answer any questions you have and help you during your stay etc.A small gift shop sells various souvenirs and memorabilia on the city,maps,books,keyrings etc.
Opening times:1st April till 31st October-mon till sat-10am till 5pm,sun-10am till 1pm
1st November till 31st March-Thu and sat-10am till 4pm,closed 1pm till 1.30pm for lunch.
Pilgrims to the shrine of St.Wilfred in Ripon Cathedral,and travellers of the twelfth Century,having braved perils of the forest's of the North,and the crossing of the River Ure,would come across the site of the buildings of the hospital of St.Mary Magdalen.The hospital was established by'Archbishop Thurstan(1114-1141 A.D.) on this first peice of dry land after the river crossing and just outside the north gate of the city.All that remains of the hospital is the practically unaltered Norman Chapel dating from 1115 A.D.
Any Leper born in the Ripshire area was to be provided with a daily food ration.Lepers from outside and medicant priests were to be provided with a days lodging and provision before they were to go on there way.After a decline in Leprosy in the middle of the 14th century the hospital was used for caring for the sick of the city,the chapel was restored and part re-built in the 18th century and looks not that different from the one you see today.
Ripon has grown up around its market place and square,which has provided a focus for the life of the city.It is not unlikely that a market had developed at Ripon by the 10th century when Yorkshire was renowed for the number of its markets and fairs.There has thus probably been a market here for over a thousand years.Thursdays would draw out extra pilgrims for whom traders would set out their stalls,the inspiration for Thursday as Ripon's market day can be claimed to go back to the eighth century.In the 18th century'Daniel Dafoe' described Ripon Market Square as' the finest and most beautiful square that is to be seen of its kind in England'.In the centre of the square is the Obelisk(designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor) erected in honour of the' Ripon Cornblower's' whose job in the middle ages was similar to that of a mayor,although he had more responsibilities in the keeping of law and order.Every day at 9pm the horn is blown from the four corners of Obelisk.The horn has become the symbol of the city and is shown on the coat of arms.Other famous buildings in square include the Town Hall and the Unicorn Hotel.
Ripon Cathedral is the seat of the bishop of Ripon and Leeds and the mother church of the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds,situated in the centre of the small city of Ripon,North Yorkshire.
A church on the site is thought to date from 672,when it is believed to have been the 2nd stone building erected in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria,the Crypt dates from this period.People have been coming to worship and pray at Ripon for more than 1,350 years.The cathedral itself is part of this continuing act of worship.Begun in the 7th century when'Saint Wilfred' built one of England's first stone churches on this site.today's church is the fourth to be stood on this site,devastated by the English King in AD 948 as a warning to the Archbishop of York,only the Crypt of Wilfred's church survived.A second minster soon arouse at Ripon,but it too perished in 1069 this time at the hands of 'William the Conqueror'.The minster finally became a cathedral in 1836.There is a visitor's information centre and gift shop inside,check website for services and opening hours.
Ripon Cathedral is one of the oldest sites of continuous Christian worship in Britain history stretching back for nearly fourteen centuries
The church was founded by Saint Wilfrid and dedicated in 672 making it one of England’s first stone churches although it has been rebuilt several times since the ancient Saxon crypt is the only part of St. Wilfrid’s original church that remains.
Ripon Cathedral is open to visitors every day from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm. Entrance is FREE
In the centre of the Market Place is the Obelisk. It was built in 1703 to replace an earlier Market Cross. Every night at 9 pm the ancient tradition of the Hornblower takes place, this has carried on continuously for over 1000 years
The Cathedral is the fourth to have stood on this site. The first was built in 672 AD by Saint Wilfrid. Its ancient Saxon crypt is the only part of the original church that remains today.
The Cathedral is open every day from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm and entrance is free.
The second great reason -apart from the Cathedral- to visit Ripon is itself a reason to travel to Britain. Only arriving here to visit this World Heritage estate is worthy enough for it keeps you with your mouth opened till the very end.
Amazingly beauty English Garden, incredibly romantic walkings through the remains of an enormous abbey or through the forest, giant trees, deep green everywhere and monuments appearing here and there to your delight. I'll not tell you any more but, if you come here, take the map and DON'T MISS A SINGLE POINT marked on it. Take the complete tour.
An atmospheric walking to remember. This is why travelling is always worth!
While Ripon Cathedral is the architectural and cultural center in the village, Market Square is undoubtedly its social centre since centuries ago. Being a broad space with some nice ancient houses scattered around and a high obelisk in the very center I feel it's not really the way Daniel Defoe considered it -"...the finest of its kind in England"- but curious and fine anyway and with a lot of history behind.
John Aislabie's obelisk dating from XVIIIth century, the Town Hall, Wakeman's House, Thursday market -every week since more than 1.000 years ago- and the famous figure of the Hornblower that blows the horn here everyday at 21 h., are some of the peculiarities of this key Ripon place.
This one is the ruling building, the very heart of this relatively small village and shines among English cathedrals due to its unique features.
You can easily see this one is a very old building. Since its steady, sober and differently shaped Norman front to the not very high towers, curiosity to discover its inner increases. In fact, you cannot imagine the rich and beautiful looking inside for this one is a mixed styled architecture where ancient Norman, early Gothic and Vertical Gothic joins into a well balanced compound and you realise your visit is well worth and you're discovering another unique space.
This Cathedral was founded as early as VIIth century by St.Wilfrid, a controversial and key figure in early English Church. From this very early stage only a Saxon crypt survives. Most of you can see now are, especially, Norman arches and magnificent early English Gothic plus later additions. The fine wooden roof over the nave comes from a more recent restoration at XIXh century.
Cathedral holds a marvellous musical tradition that looks for excellence. In fact there are some recordings available and quality of its chorus and organ playings is superb. I was fortunate enough to visit the building while evensong mass. Wandering inside this old and magnificent church while organ is playing is a really supernatural experience and I was fortunate enough to feel it. A heavenly gift!
One of the main reasons to visit Ripon is to use it as a gateway for Fountains Abbey. This abbey, founded in 1132, was one of many to become victim of Henry VIII's reformation, but unlike others, many buildings here are still recognizable. This was one of the factors why the abbey was declared UNESCO world heritage site in 1986 already. Today, this site is a prime example of a medieval monastery. Free tours with volunteer guides take place in a regular way and explain the function of the different buildings, how the abbey was organized and how everyday life was for the monks.
The abbey is around 2 ½ miles away from Ripon. To walk the route, take a proper map or ask the tourist information. The road between Ripon and the abbey has some parts which are less than suitable for hikers. Public transport service is only available in the tourist season in form of line 139.
Ripon is centred around its market square and all the major point of interest, such as the bus station or the cathedral, are just a stonethrow away. This market square has since ever formed the centre of Ripon and has probably developed in the 10th century. The tradition of the horn blower, who blows his horn every evening at around 9 pm is believed to be from the same time. The obelisk is quite younger, being only a little more than 300 years old. It was erected in 1703 and replaced an old market cross. Most buildings at the market square are from Georgian times, with exception of some guesthouses and the wakeman's house.