Ripon Cathedral



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In AD 672 St Wilfrid built a church on this spot. You can still see the crypt of that church – it’s the oldest complete Saxon crypt in any English cathedral. That alone would make the cathedral worth a visit, but it has lots of good things in its own right. The impressive west front dates from 1220, the east front from 1290, and inside there are 500-year-old woodcarvings, a 16th-century nave and some exceptional stained-glass to enjoy. All-in-all, it’s a building not to be missed.

Ripon Cathedral
Minster Road, RIPON, HG4 1QS


  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Induction loop, wheelchairs, disabled parking on forecourt by prior arrangement
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year daily, 8.30–6

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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