Ripon Cathedral has provided religious services for almost 1,400 years, though the actual building was completed in 1547. The King of England destroyed the original structure in a feud with the Archbishop of York. Visit the crypt and chapel that remain from the original 7th century building, possibly the oldest place of continuous Christian worship in England. The well-maintained cathedral houses a wide variety of intricate woodwork, stonework, and stained glass, so take a moment to explore the interior. This is an active church that often has services and a live choir, but entrance is free and the staff is happy to show you around. With our online itinerary creator, Ripon attractions like Ripon Cathedral can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Beautiful interior. Lots to see, vaults are an unusual feature, date back to 600 and are explorable. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. more »
Had no idea what to expect and were delighted by this gem of a cathedral. The stained glass windows and other artefacts were beautiful and fascinating. Well worth a visit more »
Visited the cathedral on a cold January day. The welcome from the staff and volunteers was very warm, open and friendly. They were happy to spend as much time with us as we required. The cathedral is ... more »
A fantastic building full of history. The service celebrating 300 years of freemasonry was very impressive and the laying of the commemorative stone both inspiring and memorable.
As we entered the cathedral a choir was singing. Peaceful sanctuary to reflect on God. Tapestry cushions detailed the cathedral history. Crypt unusual. Marvellous stained glass windows.
Very welcoming for our young family. Stunning stained glass. A great free attraction
We were greeted most warmly by a "welcomer" who explained that a funeral was taking place and saying how long it would last and what space was available until then. Most helpful and positive. We chose to visit the shop which was well stocked in spite of its modest size. It was run by two ladies who were great conversationalusts and were happy to give us lots of information about the Cathedral. After the funeral party left we left with our purchases to view the church. On entering the choir(or is it quire?) I asked a guide about a miserichord and he, Godfrey, was happy to give of his time and his extensive knowledge. He even arranged for us to see the Chapter House and the crypt. This felt like a special favour so many thanks to Godfrey! We eventually left the beautiful Cathedral feeling very pleased at our reception and treatment and hoped to return in the not too distant future. Rob and Sheila Lawson
Great art exhibition on at the cathedral by local artist. .....enjoyed seeing how people interoperate the local landscape 😊
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