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Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral has a history stretching back almost fourteen centuries, offering an unbroken tradition of witness to the Christian faith, both in the city of Ripon and across North Yorkshire.

Ripon, Yorkshire

Opening times

Ripon Cathedral is open Monday toSaturday between 8.30am & 6pm.
In order to enhance your visit, guides and welcomers are on duty in the Cathedral daily between 10am and 4.30pm, who are always delighted to answer your questions.


Minster Road

The present church was founded by St Wilfrid and dedicated in 672, although it has been rebuilt several times since. The ancient Saxon crypt, one of the oldest in the country, is the only part of Wilfrid's original church that remains to this day. The cathedral also has many other interesting features, not least the medieval woodcarvings that decorate the choir stalls, which are believed to have inspired Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland.

Visitors have followed the pilgrim trail here for over 1300 years. Whether you are coming to enjoy some special music, explore the ancient crypt, light a candle or simple to enjoy the atmosphere of this holy building, you are most welcome.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Famous connections

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Café within 500m

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Parking within 250m

  • Church of England

Contact information

Other nearby churches

St Wilfrid

Ripon, Yorkshire

Today St Wilfrid’s is recognised as one of the finest Catholic parish churches in England with its sanctuary which was remodelled following the Second Vatican Council although the ornate reredos designed by Edward Pugin remains unaltered.

St John the Divine

Sharow, Yorkshire

Wonderful windows, interesting colourful interior, species rich churchyard and fascinating graves.