Ripley Castle and Gardens, Harrogate

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With a history spanning over 700 years, Ripley Castle and Gardens is the area’s most popular wedding venue, featuring picture-perfect towers, lakes, parks, walled gardens, and greenhouses. You can explore the estate, which has been the home of the Ingilby family for 26 generations, by joining one of many amusing and informative guided tours. Explore the castle’s impressive collection of armor, books, fine paintings, china, furniture, and chandeliers. Take a walk through the sprawling gardens, noted for housing the national hyacinth collection, and enjoy over 150,000 flowering plants. Don’t miss a brief stop at the restored greenhouses, sheltering a collection of rare vegetables. The castle also offers special tours for families with small children, and includes a children’s play trail in the parkland. Plan your Ripley Castle and Gardens visit and explore what else you can see and do in Harrogate using our Harrogate trip itinerary planner .
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  • We recently stayed in Harrogate and heard that the castle and garden was excellent,so off we went we parked in the free public car park near the castle. Unfortunately the castle was closed such a sham...  more »
  • Highly recommended. We were there on the 3rd March, beautiful snowy day. The staff couldn't do enough, the activities were excellent They made our day very special for all us 18 ladies!  more »
  • Went on a pre-arranged guided tour and then had lunch in the tea room. The tour guides were excellant and the castle is fascinating. The ground are beautiful. The lunch was delicious ... homemade soup...  more »
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  • Enjoyed our visit although we didn't go into castle as we were too late. The grounds have some good walks. There is free car parking in the village. Will definitely make a return visit to see the castle.
  • Only toured round the gardens not the castle. Would have been better to see the flowers maybe in July as the borders were beginning to die back. Still some blooms to see though. Lots of woodlands to walk round but floral display wasn't exciting so maybe a visit to castle as well would be better. Gardens are free to see weekdays though so worth noting that.
  • Great day out for families. Large grounds for walking, lots to discover, wild animals and plants, events and activities on at different times of the year. Just a nice place to go!
  • Tour guide was excellent. Grounds were extensive with deer roaming. Lakeside walk was lovely. Walled garden was beautifully maintained. Food good but Service was slow in cafe.
  • Lovely setting and great cafe. Went for a segway tour around the grounds which was nice though maybe a little tame for some.

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