Ripon Travel Guide

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    Market Square
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Ripon Things to Do

  • St.Wilfrids Catholic Church

    This church which is situated in the Coltsgate hill region of Ripon was built between 1860-62 and is notable for its octagonal chancel and statue of the Virgin Mary and Christ.

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  • Victoria Clock Tower

    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.

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  • Prison and Police Museum

    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...

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  • Spa Gardens

    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...

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  • Tourist information centre

    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...

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  • St.Mary Magdalen:The Leper Chapel

    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...

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  • Market Square

    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...

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  • Ripon Cathedral

    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...

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  • Ripon Cathedral

    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....

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  • Obelisk

    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

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  • Market Place

    The Market Place has been the centre of the city since the 12th century. As well as the Town Hall you'll find other historic buildings such as The Unicorn Hotel and The Wakeman's House.

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  • Ripon Cathedral

    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.

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  • Town Hall

    The Town Hall was originally built in 1801 as a town house. In 1897 the then Mayor and owner gave the building over to the city.

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  • Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

    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...

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  • Market Square

    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"-...

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  • Ripon Cathedral

    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...

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  • Fountains Abbey

    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...

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  • Market Square and Obelisk

    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...

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  • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

    Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a World Heritage Site and part of The National Trust, a conservation charity in the UK. It's near the market town of Ripon in North Yorkshire. The Site was founded by 13 monks in 1152 and it became affluent in Europe with its impressive Abbey. During King Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, the Abbey...

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  • Cabmen's Shelter

    It would be quite easy to ignore this little wooden structure in Ripon's Market Place.But its story is actually rather interesting.Sarah Carter, the daughter of a Mayor of Ripon, left a legacy of 200GBP to prvide a shelter for the cabmen who waited, in all weathers, in the Market Place. That was a kind thought.So in 1911 the cabmen's shelter was...

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  • Watch the Hornblower.

    Every night...every single night.... at 9pm, the Ripon Hornblower comes to what was once the Market Cross and is now the Obelisk in Ripon Market Square. He blows the horn four times, once at each corner of the cross/obelisk, to tell the good folk of Ripon that the 'Wakeman' (the night watchman) is now protecting their town and keeping watch..so...

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Ripon Hotels

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  • St George's Court

    Old Home Farm, High Grantley, Ripon, HG4 3EU, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • The Old Deanery

    Minster Road, Ripon, HG4 1QS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Royal Oak

    36 Kirkgate, Ripon, HG4 1PB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Ripon Restaurants

  • Good old Fish n' Chips

    The Unicorn is a J.D Wetherspoons pub as well as a hotel situated in the Market Square in Ripon's centre.It has very fine decor and is very spacious inside,good service and a wide choice of food and drinks available.There has been an inn here since the 17th century and some of the building still retains that character as well as being brought up to...

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  • Really old!

    Yet close to Ripon Cathedral, this old an nice stone building catch your attention. At the first moment you cannot believe this one is a hotel and restaurant, but here it is!. A real XVIth century building still at work, where you may stay to sleep or having a refreshment, as I did. Superb environment into a historic building. Can you wish anything...

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  • A most enjoyable meal

    I didn't want a heavy evening meal.I'd had too many full English breakfasts whilst I'd been exploring Northumberland.So Iwandered the strets of Ripon, looking at what was on offer. More than I'd expected, to be honest.But The Royal Oak appealed to me, because it offered a Ploughman's 'supper'. English ploughmen, of course, did not really eat such...

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Ripon Transportation

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    To and from Ripon

    Ripon is served by bus 142 and 143 from York. They remind me of bus services in Malaysia (a couple of minutes late and old sity buses) rather than what I know from the rest of the UK. Anyway, the service is fine and gets you every hour from one cathedral city to the other. Please check the timetables as they can vary from the usual hourly pattern, especially on sundays.

    Further away, but better connected are Leeds and Harrogate, both accesible by line number 36. This service of modern double decker buses runs every twenty minutes via Ripley.

    There are no train services to Ripon – the train station together with the line to Harrogate was closed in 1969.

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Ripon Shopping

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    by mickeyboy07 Written Jul 6, 2012

    The Arcade in Ripon centre is a small shopping centre leading from Market place to the back of the Unicorn Hotel and beyond.A narrow passage through an arch leads you to many independent stores such as bookshops,Jewellers and hardware stores as well as well known names such as Boots and Co-op.Most of these stores are open seven days a week,9am till 5pm monday till Saturday and 11am till 4pm on Sunday's.

    What to buy: Clothes,books,hardware,food etc.

    What to pay: Depends on what you buy

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Ripon Local Customs

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    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 27, 2006

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    Each evening, at 9:00 pm sharp, regardless of weather, the Hornblower appears in the market square, and sets the watch. He blows on a medieval curved horn to signal that it's time for the Wakeman to assume his post. The Wakeman (now known as the mayor) is responsible for public safety, together with his Constables. This tradition has continued, unbroken, since the 15th century.

    The horn now used is called the African Ox Horn, and was given to the city in 1865. All hornblowers since 1820 are listed on a plaque, mounted on the obelisk in the market square.

    The Hornblower Plaque listing all hornblowers since 1820
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Ripon Off The Beaten Path

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    by leics Written Oct 31, 2009

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    The Green Man is a pagan symbol of fertility and new life.

    He is always depicted as a face (occasionally a torso/whole body)with leaves growing from and around him.

    Although he is a pagan symbol, dating far back into prehistory, he can be found in many Medieval churches and cathedrals in the UK and Europe.

    I think Christians tolerated him in their holy places because they felt allowing him to be seen there brought more converts to Christianity. They could link the Green Man with the 'new life' that Christianity offered.

    I always look for him in Christian buildings from Medieval times.

    There are at least two Green Men in Ripon cathedral. One is upside-down, on one of the misericords in the choir. The other is high up in the stonework above where the gift shop is now sited (to the left of the main entrance.

    Keep your eyes open for this pre-Christian symbol in a Christian church.

    Green Man high up Green Man upside-down
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