Ripon Cathedral

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A beacon of faith and history, Ripon Cathedral stands as a testament to centuries of worship and community, nestled within the picturesque city of Ripon in North Yorkshire. It is an emblematic part of the 21st century Diocese of Leeds, offering a warm welcome to visitors of all beliefs and backgrounds.


As one of the nation’s most revered historical sites, Ripon Cathedral attracts visitors from near and far. It offers a mosaic of architectural designs and an array of distinctive features:

  • The Anglo-Saxon crypt, heralded as the oldest of any English cathedral still in use today, dates back to 672 AD.
  • A collection of Tudor misericords, rich in charm and historical significance.

Plan Your Visit

Step into the hallowed halls of Ripon Cathedral, a medieval masterpiece open to all without an entry fee. Explore at leisure:

  • An array of artistic and design wonders thought to have influenced Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
  • The cathedral’s awe-inspiring architecture provides a retreat from the bustling world outside.

Tours and Self-Guided Trails

Embark on a journey through the cathedral’s illustrious past with guided tours, or opt for a self-guided trail with informative leaflets.

Accessibility at Ripon Cathedral

Main Cathedral Access

The main entrance offers level access with an automatic door to welcome wheelchair users, though do note the historic floor’s uneven nature. Wheelchairs are available, and seating is plentiful.

Library and Treasury

Reach these features via a staircase. A lift is in developmental plans to enhance future accessibility.

The Crypt

Experience the crypt through a narrow passageway and staircase, with a ground-level touchscreen walkthrough available for those unable to access it physically. Service schedules may affect crypt access.

Parking and Visiting Hours

Parking Options

Parking is available nearby, including limited Blue Badge spaces on the forecourt. Prior arrangement is recommended.

Opening Times

  • Monday – Saturday 8am to 6pm
  • Shop: 10am to 5pm (4pm close in winter)
  • Sunday 8am to 5pm
  • Shop: 12noon to 3.30pm (closed Sundays in January & February)

Visitor Entry

Ripon Cathedral is FREE for all visitors.


Ripon Cathedral, Minster Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, UK
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