Ripon is an attractive small cathedral city by the River Ure.

Ripon Cathedral is celebrated for its fine proportions, and is of great interest from the various styles of architecture which it includes. The present building was begun by Archbishop Roger in the 12th century on the site of the former Saxon abbey of St. Wilfrid.

Ripon's Market Square was decribed by Daniel Defoe as 'the finest and most beautiful square that is to be seen in England'. The town hall in the market square was designed by James Wyatt. The medieval Wakeman's House is in a corner of the square.

Ripon has three museums devoted to the theme of law and order: the Courthouse Museum, the Prison & Police Museum, and the Workhouse Museum

The recently restored Ripon Canal, designed by John Smeaton in 1766 is one of the most northerly canals in England. It runs for just 2.5 miles from Ripon to its junction with the River Ure at Oxclose Lock - and hence to the River Ouse and the other waterways of Yorkshire. Providing leisure facilities for walkers, boaters and fishermen, with bird hides, nature walks and interpretation boards, it overlooks an important wildlife conservation area.

There is a farmers market on the third Sunday of each month.

OS grid reference SE 315 715


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Born in Ripon:

Naomi Jacob (1885-1964) - novelist.

Useful and informative links

Ripon Gazette
Ripon photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Ripon

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