Ripon Cathedral
Ripon Cathedral
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 we 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. There is a touch-screen computer interpretation of the crypt at ground level for those unable to access it.
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  • davidandshona
    Dumfries, United Kingdom2,078 contributions
    Once a mere minster, now Ripon Cathedral (or the Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Wilfrid)
    Wonderful grand Cathedral with helpful staff and lots of information guides around the various spaces within. As we had our dog with us we took turns to go in and explore. Plenty of beautiful architecture inside and out. Pleased to see that it was clearly still an active place of Christian worship and not merely a museum or tourist trap.
    Thank you for your recent visit to the cathedral. We do aim to have a balance between providing opportunities for worship and private reflection as well as encouraging visitors who have a broader interest in the history and heritage of the cathedral. So are pleased this balance came across. Hopefully your pet pooch enjoyed seeing the cathedral from the outside too. Look out for more information on dog friendly cafes and bars via Ripon Bid. Best wishes from all the Ripon Cathedral team.
    Written 15 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 20 January 2023
  • Steve D
    Peterborough, United Kingdom116 contributions
    Fascinating visit.
    I would like to thank all those at Ripon Cathedral who made me so welcome on my visit yesterday. It really is a lovely building with a long and fascinating history and much of interest to see. Particular thanks go to Alison who very knowledgeably guided me around and made the story of Ripon Cathedral come alive.
    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and will pass your positive feedback onto our team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future!
    Written 18 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 May 2023
  • J C
    Sheffield, United Kingdom177 contributions
    Lots of history - and glorious bell towers and bell ringing 🔔
    Very historical- made even better as a wedding was happening. The shop could’ve had some more books in the history of the cathedral - but the cushions lined up against the wall helped to explain the history - sewing galore. The bell towers were magnificent and the bell ringing was fabulous
    Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Ripon Cathedral and will pass your feedback onto our team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
    Written 30 May 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 May 2023
  • julesandkarl2018
    Wells, United Kingdom137 contributions
    A beautiful, vibrant cathedral
    I truly didn't know what to expect when I was making my way across the carpark in the direction of the cathedral but then, boom, this incredible edifice emerges from nowhere! We arrived on a Sunday, just after mass and so the building was infused with the smell and smog of incense. Plenty to draw the eye, certainly worth our driving to Ripon for.
    Thank you for your extremely positive review of your visit to our ancient Cathedral. The smoke left following a Festal service certainly brings the building to life . We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
    Written 25 August 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Eva T
    United Kingdom1,388 contributions
    Beautiful cathedral
    It is one of the oldest church in England due to survived crypt from 7th century. Cathedral has been built and rebuilt over several centuries and when you sit and look at the arch under the central tower you can see the arch has different pillars on both ends. There is so much to see inside , it's real gem. I absolutely loved Arts and Crafts pulpit and marble font from Tudor times. One of very interesting things is that the Christ sculpture on the main altar is showing young Christ which was reminder on those who lost their lives in the WWI - local war memorial is behind the altar. The Millenium stitched seating cushions which were around the whole Cathedral were amazing - what a great idea it was as they tell the history of Ripon. This incredible work took 4 years and I and my husband absolutely admire those who made them. During our visit there were several volunteers and one lady told us a lot from its history. Inside is a shop where you should pay for the permission to make photos - it's very cheap, we paid £1 per person. They have also nice postcards and other information or souvenirs. There are no toilets inside but about 50 metres from the church are public, and clean toilets. We did park at St Marygate carpark (we paid about £3 for 4 hours) from which is a short passage towards Sainsbury's and Cathedral via small park.
    Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive and descriptive review of your visit to Ripon Cathedral. We are exceptionally proud of our extensive history that dates back over 1350 years. Having passed your feedback on to our team of welcomers and guides, they are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again soon.
    Written 25 August 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Ian S
    Kettering, United Kingdom824 contributions
    Church architecture at its best
    A wonderful Cathedral staffed by warm, friendly people. This was well worth a visit and, had we not had the dog with us, we would have stayed for longer. We have visited many over the years but this was one of our favourites. I won’t do the history here - buy a guidebook because it’s very good- but don’t miss the crypt. If we return to Yorkshire then we will come back for a second look.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back soon. Our team are delighted to have received such positive feedback and strive to be as accommodating as possible.
    Written 4 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain11,469 contributions
    Very nice gothic cathedral
    Ripon Cathedral is the most important religious building in Ripon, a little town in the center of England. The first church was built in the 7th Century, but it was demolished in some wars. In fact, the current cathedral was built in the 12th Century in a English Gothic style. It was very nice from outside. Really, it seems too low, but it is very curious. When I visited the town, at the beginning of December-2022, it was opened, so I could enter and see the very beautiful inner nave. Here you can see the main altar, some chapels and an organ. All very good. (See also Ripon Canal, Ripon Market, Obelisk and Holy Trinity Church)
    We are delighted to hear that your visit to the Cathedral was enjoyable & that you learned so much about our magnificent building during your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
    Written 4 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 July 2023
  • James M
    Scarborough, United Kingdom340 contributions
    Spring Fair
    My first visit to Ripon in April 2023. The Cathedral is located in the town centre and is a very impressive building. The brickwork and stained glass windows are beautiful. On the day of our visit, a Spring Fair was taking place at the Cathedral. There was a number of food/craft stalls and even some farm animals visiting outside. The Cathedral was a lovely place to visit and is a landmark building in Ripon. There was public toilet facilities next to the Cathedral in the neighbouring park area. Well worth a visit.
    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The Spring Fair is one of our biggest and busiest events in our Calendar and usually proves to be popular, especially with the addition of the animals on the forecourt. We have passed your feedback on to all of our teams and they are delighted that you had such a wonderful time visiting our cathedral. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future!
    Written 4 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • David T
    19 contributions
    A beautifully kept Cathedral
    A beautiful combination of the old and the new, just as it should be! We were fortunate to be there as the Grammar school were practicing for their Founders Day celebration and the sound of the choirs and organ with it's 32 feet pipes was amazing. The story of Ripon told in tapestry cushions around the Nave is particularly interesting.
    Thank you for such a positive review. We do our best to get the balance between old and new correct and really appreciate it when people tell us that the balance is correct. Having passed your comments on to our team, they are really happy that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again.
    Written 4 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Katherine F
    94 contributions
    Brilliant visit
    An amazing cathedral. We were greeted and made to feel welcome. We paid the very modest charge to get the stickers to allow us to take photos. After exploring by ourselves we then had a tour of the Cathedral led by Godfrey this was really brilliant and we learned so much and realised how much we had missed on our own exploration. We would absolutely like to visit again. Thank you.
    Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. As one of Britain's oldest heritage assets, Ripon Cathedral has a lot of Hidden Treasures which our team of experienced guides are delighted to showcase. Having passed your feedback onto Godfrey, he is extremely happy to have enhanced your visit and all of the team look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
    Written 4 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
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Fyfebbq
Manchester, UK198 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very nice cathedral it's free to enter donations are welcome, pretty inside and people are welcome to join any of the services they have going on well worth walk round if in the area
Written 14 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. We welcome people of all faiths and none. All are welcome to visit or attend any services they wish. We have passed your feedback onto our team & we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written 16 October 2023
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Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany2,996 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We popped by here recently and, seeing that there was no entrance fee, we took a brief look inside. The interior of this magnificent building is really impressive. I particularly liked the view down from the nave to the high altar, looking through the ornate archway above which you can find the organ. There are wonderous, delicately carved statues and wooden pieces everywhere. The whole place is so full of history. I wish that I could have stayed longer to study it further.
Written 13 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are extremely proud of our architecture and history, dating back to the 7th century. Our team look forward to welcoming you back to the Cathedral in the future.
Written 13 October 2023
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LymeRegisfans
Manchester, UK214 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A beautiful building with history and atmosphere. Quietly left to enjoy the atmosphere and majesty. The highlight was to go into the crypt underground. Some people might need to take care on the stairs. Felt privileged to go where many had gone before and stated as the oldest in the country.
Written 30 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review about your recent visit. We are pleased to hear that your visit offered you some time for reflection and quiet contemplation. Due to the age and protected status of the crypt, there are limited things we can do to improve access. We do however offer a virtual tour on our website and in the Cathedral itself. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Written 2 October 2023
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Gardenlad
Ottawa, Canada232 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This beautiful cathedral has had a church in the property since 675 AD. The stained glass is spectacular. Staff are very friendly and helpful and the gift shop is lovely.
Written 28 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review about your recent visit to Ripon Cathedral. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and passed your feedback about the staff to our team. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written 2 October 2023
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applegate69
Bath, UK943 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Don’t usually visit churches etc but when in Ripon…..
The architecture is amazing and it is a very large cathedral, there is a crypt but very boring.
If you are already in Ripon then worth a visit, it is only a short walk from the bustling market place.
Written 3 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry that you found your visit boring. We will take your feedback on board and look forward to welcoming you again should you choose to visit.
Written 4 September 2023
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michael w
Heywood, UK1,402 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Amazing cathedral free entry as well had a wonderful time inside it was interesting and full of history lots of photo opportunities great place
Written 18 August 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. As an organisation, we are proud to be able to offer a journey of enlightenment and discovery through over 1350 years of history. Our team are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and managed to capture some amazing images. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written 21 August 2023
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282careyt
Worksop, UK24 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
We attended a friend’s wedding at the cathedral and the whole service was absolutely superb!! Parking was close by and coffee at a local coffee shop before the wedding was really appreciated-a superb time was had by all
Written 14 August 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed attending your friend's wedding and proud to be such a warm and welcoming space. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future!
Written 15 August 2023
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Katherine F
oldham94 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
An amazing cathedral. We were greeted and made to feel welcome. We paid the very modest charge to get the stickers to allow us to take photos. After exploring by ourselves we then had a tour of the Cathedral led by Godfrey this was really brilliant and we learned so much and realised how much we had missed on our own exploration. We would absolutely like to visit again. Thank you.
Written 3 August 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. As one of Britain's oldest heritage assets, Ripon Cathedral has a lot of Hidden Treasures which our team of experienced guides are delighted to showcase. Having passed your feedback onto Godfrey, he is extremely happy to have enhanced your visit and all of the team look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
Written 4 August 2023
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NewZealand-7
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND472 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A spectacular cathedral and wonderful library with fascinating treasures in there dating back to the Middle Ages I wonder why some visitors don’t keep their voices down in a church and show respect by talking quietly - in fact some of the loudest in there were the staff (laughing and talking at the top of their voices!!)
Written 2 August 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of your recent visit. We have passed on your feedback regarding keeping the noise down and we will endeavour to ensure that our staff and volunteers behave in a more 'respectful' manner going forward! We look forward to welcoming you again in the future!
Written 4 August 2023
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andrew_pickering
Bishops Stortford, UK11 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Wonderful building reflecting fourteen centuries of Christian worship. So very interesting, highly enjoyable. Our guide, Lynne Davis, was excellent, she really helped us to understand the cathedral.
Written 28 July 2023
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Thank you for such a positive review. Having passed your feedback on to all of our guides, they are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written 4 August 2023
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