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Take some time away from the busy cities of London or Manchester and visit North Yorkshire. Ripon, one of England's smallest Cities (more like a market town), has a central location in North Yorkshire and has in it's centre the oldest Cathedral in England. There are castles and estates with gardens where families have lived for centuries that you can visit within a short drive. Ripon has a market square (market held on Thurdays, some stalls on Saturday mornings too) with free parking for an hour, longer stay car parks charge. The attractive market place is surrounded by shops, pubs, cafes all are in a compact area within a short walking distance. The tourist information centre is opposite the Cathedral. You can enjoy lunch and have a spa treatment or enjoy a stay at the Old Deanery for this boutique hotel has a history that is connected to Alice in Wonderland.