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Ripon may be one of the smallest cities in England, but this historic market town is packed with charm and character, making it an ideal destination for a relaxing break, or as a base to explore the magnificent Yorkshire Dales and North York moors.

With over 1000 years of history on display, there is something to discover at every turn. There are cobbled streets lined with shops and cafes, peaceful open spaces in the Spa gardens and an attractive waterside area alongside the marina and canals, Ripon is the perfect place to spend time just enjoying the surroundings whilst indulging in some quality shopping, dining and relaxing.

Packed with charm & character

The market square at the heart of the city is the focus for traditional events and celebrations throughout the year, including the nightly custom of ‘setting the watch’ at the four corners of the obelisk. The marketplace is home to Ripon’s colourful Thursday market selling everything from household goods, clothing, fruit and vegetables to freshly baked goods and delicious street food. On Saturdays and Sundays the Keeper’s Carriage offers romantic horse drawn tours around the historic city.

Wander along the ancient cobbled streets to discover the magnificent medieval cathedral and spend some time enjoying the tranquility of the cloisters and grounds. To find out more about the hidden side of Ripon’s history, visit the three award winning Yorkshire Law and Order museums to discover stories of the Victorian law courts, workhouse and prison, and the people who were unlucky enough to find themselves there.

Only three miles from the centre of Ripon is the stunning Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens. Wander amongst the ruins of the medieval abbey and take a break from the pressures of modern life in the tranquility of the eighteenth century water gardens and deer park. Strolling past cascades and fountains is like stepping back in time to a more leisurely era. Each season brings new delights with wildlife, plants and exhibitions reflecting the changing seasons in the gardening calendar.

Energetic family fun

For more energetic family fun, visit the amazing Lightwater Valley. More than just a theme park, Lightwater Valley has exciting rides, fun activities and displays, as well as a fabulous shopping village with a range of outlets selling clothing, household goods, food and gifts. For more outdoor fun, the Adventure Gardens set in the grounds of the eighteenth century Newby Hall, encourages kids of all ages to climb, slide, splash and zip their way around a series of challenging obstacles. With a miniature railway and pedalo boats, as well as the Teddy Bear display and a world class dolls house exhibition, a visit to Newby makes a memorable day out whatever the weather.

As a destination for a weekend break or a short holiday, Ripon provides a range of accommodation types to suit all tastes and budgets. In the city centre, many historic buildings now function as modern, stylish hotels and guesthouses. The Old Deanery, conveniently situated near the Cathedral is a romantic seventeenth century hotel with a bar and restaurant serving the best in fresh seasonal local produce. The Unicorn in the Market Square may be one of Ripon’s oldest inns, but it has been fully refurbished to provide visitors with a modern comfortable stay. For the convenience of bed and breakfast Ripon has a stunning range of options from cosy budget rooms to five star luxury suites.

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