The best places to visit in Ripon

Places to eat

Oliver’s Pantry

Oliver’s Pantry is a quirky cafe just off the Market Square in Ripon, passionate about full bodied coffee & flavoursome loose leaf tea, serving fresh wholesome & uplifting food all day, every day! You will feel a warm welcome from the moment you walk through the door…. like sitting in your kitchen chatting with your pals, comfy like your most comfy jeans, with the buzz of a busy happy cafe.


A vibrant, independent Spanish Tapas Bar/Restaurant with a touch of South American flare! A cosy little restaurant located on Duck Hill, a short walk from the Cathedral.

The Water Rat

A warm, inviting pub, situated by the river in the picturesque city of Ripon. Offering traditional homecooked meals coupled with a wide selection of the best quality real ales. All of this within a homely atmosphere with idyllic views to make you feel welcome whatever the weather.

Uno Portofino – Ripon

A modern Italian restaurant in the heart of Ripon. Serving traditional Italian dishes with modern flair so you can taste Italian cuisine like never before.

Places to visit

Ripon Workhouse and Museums

Experience the Victorian Workhouse starting at the original gatehouse building, with the Guardians’ Room, inmates’ bathing area, Vagrants’ Cells and the Receiving Ward. See the contrast between the Master & Matron’s quarters and the Victorian kitchen, scullery, dining room and school room. Wander round the restored kitchen garden, cultivating heritage crops using methods the inmates once used.

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral traces its history back to its foundation by St Wilfrid in 672AD. The Anglo-Saxon crypt of St Wilfrid’s church remains and is open to visitors. Choral evensong takes place Tuesday to Friday at 6pm and Sundays at 3.30pm. Details of all services may be found on our website. We are open to visitors daily throughout the year and entry is free, though they rely on generous donations to continue this practice. Most of the building is wheelchair accessible with the exception of the Library and the Anglo-Saxon crypt. 

Ripon Racecourse

Known as Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse, Ripon Races has been hosting some of the most exciting, prestigious and enjoyable racing in the country for more than 300 years. Ripon Racecourse never fails to impress year on year with its outstanding back drop, exciting atmosphere and being situated in one of the country’s most beautiful and historic cities.

Newby Hall & Gardens

A fantastic family day out. Amazing Adventure Playground, Spectacular Gardens and Elegant Georgian House. Dollshouse Exhibition, Teddy Bear House, Sculpture park, Restaurant & Shop..the perfect place to meet up with friends and family.

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Explore a great abbey and elegant water garden at this World Heritage Site near Harrogate. Cistercian monks chose this place to establish Fountains Abbey in 1132, and the walls echo with centuries-old stories. Follow the riverside path to Studley Royal, a playful water garden designed by visionaries John and William Aislabie in the 18th century. You can spend a day amongst statues, follies and cascades before venturing beyond the lake to Studley Royal deer park, with ancient lime tree avenues and red, fallow and sika deer. 

Something for the kids

Lightwater Valley

Who fancies a ride on flying swings? What about meeting modern-day dinosaurs, or simply enjoying a lazy day aboard the Eagle’s Creek Farm tractor? Do the lot and loads more at Lightwater Valley.

Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons and is open every school holiday. The adventure seasons are February Fun, The Easter Adventure, The Spring Adventure, The Summer Adventure, The Halloween Adventure, and The Christmas Adventure.

Places to stay in Ripon

The Little Chantry – West Tanfield

Kist Accommodates introduces The Little Chantry, a charming 14th century Grade 2 listed cottage nestled on the edge of the river in the picturesque village of West Tanfield. This stunning property offers a unique opportunity to experience traditional English countryside living with all the modern comforts. View Details…

The Penthouse - The Best Accommodation in Ripon

The Penthouse – Ripon

This stunning penthouse apartment has recently been renovated to a high standard and has allocated parking as well as views of Ripon Market Square to the front and cathedral views to the rear. This luxury self-catering accommodation is ideal for those who like to travel in style. Book Now…

Accommodation in Ripon

The Nook – Ripon

The Nook is a cute first floor modern apartment in the centre of the city. With fast WIFI, space to sleep 6 people and allocated parking it’s exactly what you need. View Details…

Accommodation in Ripon

Duck Hill Cottage – Ripon

Welcome to Duck Hill Cottage, a 3 bedroom property in the heart of Ripon with allocated parking, fast WIFI and Netflix. Perfect for those either visiting the area for work, leisure or venturing out to the Yorkshire Dales.  Check Availability…