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Mini guide to Ripon


Situated in Yorkshire between the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks, Ripon boasts 1,300 years of history and is famed for its outstanding cathedral and the 'setting of the watch' ceremony. Ripon also has pleasing architecture in its town centre, a thriving market and plenty of other attractions and entertainment.

The spectacular Ripon Cathedral in the centre of town has an ancient Saxon crypt from the 7th century, an art nouveau pulpit and 15th century wood carvings. The famed Ripon Hornblower blows his horn at 21:00 every night at the obelisk, a ceremony stretching back for more than 1,100 years.

The town centre is one of Georgian and medieval buildings surrounding the 18th century obelisk, where the market is held every Thursday. Nearby are the attractive Ripon Town Hall, the half-timbered Wakeman's House and the Police and Prison Museum; while the new marina adds additional appeal to the city, as does the revitalised Ripon Canal.

Leisure activities in the town include swimming at the Ripon Spa Baths and tennis, while the Floral Spa Gardens and Ripon Racecourse offer pleasant sitting areas. There are individual shops in Ripon and larger stores in the market place, where you will find plenty of eateries in all categories.

The nearby 12th century Fountains Abbey is one of the best of its kind in Europe, while the spa town of Harrogate to the south of Ripon is known for its plentiful parks, gardens and Turkish baths. Additionally, the historically important town of York contains the largest medieval cathedral in Europe, York Minster.

The A1(M) provides access to Ripon from the north and the south, but if you are travelling by rail or bus, you will need to go via Harrogate or York to reach Ripon. Two trains per hour from Manchester International Airport go to Harrogate via Manchester City and Leeds, and there are two direct trains per hour to York from London. Regular buses also run from Harrogate and York to Ripon, while National Express coaches run direct to Ripon from London.

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