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Ripon Cathedral

Feeling more like a stylish market town, cathedral city Ripon sits midway between the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, conveniently just off the A1 motorway. A selection of award-winning museums cluster here in Ripon around the central cathedral including the Workhouse Museum housed within a former Victorian workhouse, the Courthouse Museum and a Prison & Police Museum. Together these museums offer a fascinating insight into Victorian institutions and the struggles of day to day Victorian life.

A tour of Ripon cathedral, founded in the 7th Century, is a must do on any visit to Ripon, and the city is a popular base with visitors touring nearby World Heritage Site Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden situated just to the South West. Attractions don't end there, as you'll find one of the UK's best family friendly stately home estates just two miles to the South East of Ripon close to the A1(M). Newby Hall & Gardens features a heritage house designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with interiors by Robert Adam, plus beautiful on-site gardens and family attractions including a huge outdoor adventure playground and miniature railway!

Yorkshire's ultimate adventure theme park - Lightwater Valley sits just north of Ripon and guarantees a fun packed family day out. Rides cater for children of all ages from pumping Ultimate Adventure roller coasters, trauma towers, twisters and more to mini adventures on Dragon Boats, in the Angry Birds Activity Park and on the mini ferris wheel. A shopping village, ample parking, cafes and restaurants are all on-site.

All these fantastic attractions in and around Ripon, which include a World Heritage Site, are on top of best local racing at welcoming Ripon Races and a wide choice of traditional tearooms, award-winning cafes and traditional inns available around Ripon centre. Central Market Square is a hub for year round events and a mix of Continental style and farmers' markets. Come and discover the Cathedral City of the Dales for yourself and book Ripon accommodation online now.

Accommodation in Ripon

  • Ripon   (0.5 miles from the centre of Ripon)
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    £355
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    Luxury two bedroom Ripon lodge with private hot tub and deck, strolling distance from the town centre and cathedral with river views, WiFi, parking and short breaks available.
     
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  • Ripon   (0.4 miles from the centre of Ripon)
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    £30
    Per person B&B based on 2 people sharing
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    Elegantly decorated B&B with three beautiful en-suite rooms in a Victorian terrace property by the River Ure in the centre of the thriving Yorkshire market town of Ripon.
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  • Thirsk   (4.3 miles from the centre of Ripon)
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    £55
    Per room per night (based on 2 sharing)
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    Traditional 18th Century coaching inn near Thirsk offering 8 quality ensuite B&B rooms. Car parking, restaurant, wifi service. Double and twin accommodation.
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