Perfect for… fascinating heritage sites, good food and close links to the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales
Ripon is a pretty cathedral city on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Way of the Roses coast-to-coast cycling route runs right through the city, making it a perfect destination to stop off and relax. There are many quality places to eat and drink and the main Ripon Market Square is a picturesque central hub immersed in local history. Ripon’s hornblower still carries out one of England’s longest standing traditions at 9pm every evening, dating back to more than 1100 years.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden is a National Trust property and must visit for visitors to Ripon. The well-preserved abbey ruins are still as remarkable as when they were first built; take a walk around the grounds and estate all year round and discover the stunning natural beauty and wildlife. The Victorian Workhouse, Prison and Courthouse museums are another great attraction, with visitors able to explore inside and discover the local history of law and order in Yorkshire.
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