Explore the beautiful unspoilt cathedral city of Ripon with one of our delightful escorts. A true gem of North Yorkshire, blending rich cultural heritage with contemporary living; a truly wonderful place to visit or reside. If you’re looking for somewhere drenched in heritage and charm, Ripon is the place to go.
Things to do
You won’t be short on things to do with your gorgeous escort. There are an abundance of places to explore within Ripon, things to eat and drink and activities to try. In fact, our escorts comment on just how much they love visiting and showing people around this place. If you’re unsure on where to take your escort, we’ve got you covered. We’ve listed of recommendations below:
A true focal point of Ripon is the magnificent 7th Century Cathedral. It really is a sight to behold and is home to many award-winning cafes. The perfect place for a mid-day stroll and bite to eat.
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
A National Trust property guaranteed to captivate with its vast Cistercian abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, medieval deer park, Elizabethan Hall and Gothic church all set in a stunning secluded valley. Open year-round, Fountains Abbey is fantastic for walks and exploring throughout all seasons.
Known as Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse, Ripon Races has been hosting some of the most exciting, prestigious and enjoyable racing in the country for more than 300 years. Add a little adrenaline to your date!
Ripon Market Square
The heart and soul of Ripon is the market square, proudly retaining its tradition of the hornblower who can be found ‘setting the watch’ every evening around 9pm – a delightful example of this city’s ancient charm. Nestled in the square are fantastic shops and cafés.
There are so many amazing places to eat and drink in Ripon, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From cosy tea rooms to elegant cafes and boozy pubs to refined restaurants and wine bars. We’d recommend taking a trip to Realitea, Wilfrid’s Café, The Wakeman’s House, The Staveley Arms, Mario’s Restaurant 27 and The Yorkshire Tearoom – you won’t be disappointed!
Where to stay
You’ll love Ripon so much that you’ll want to stay. Luckily, there are plenty of options so you can extend your visit for as long as you want. Whether you want to stay somewhere traditional or opt for something a little quirkier, Ripon has you covered.
Here are our recommendations on where to stay:
- Grantley Hall – 5 stars Hotel in Ripon
- The Old Coach House – Traditional and in a great location
- The Royal Oak Ripon – Excellent location in the centre
- The Unicorn Hotel Wetherspoon – Great budget friendly option
Getting to Ripon
Rippon is very accessible by the A1. To visit by train you’ll need to journey to one of these 3 nearest stations, Harrogate (11 miles), Thirsk (11 miles) or York (27 miles). From any of these stations you’ll find a frequent bus service to Ripon, alternatively local taxi services are also available from all 3.