A City Steeped in History
Ripon City is noted for its modern living against a historical backdrop. It is home to the Cathedral and Fountains Abbey.
The Ripon Cathedral, with its Saxon Crypt, was originally founded as a monastery in the 7th century and became the Cathedral in 1836, officially making Ripon a city. The religious building has been in continual use since it was founded. The west front of the Cathedral is particularly impressive and worth a visit. The Cathedral interior is said to have inspired the works of Lewis Carroll, famous for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Fountains Abbey is located several miles outside of Ripon in the Dales, but as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it still attracts many people to the area who come to admire the great architecture. The Abbey was founded in 1132, operating for 407 years until its dissolution in 1539 by King Henry VIII.
Within walking distance of Fountains Abbey is the Studley Royal Water Garden. Although it doesn’t date back as far as the Abbey itself, the garden has been around for centuries and was crafted into the beautiful landscape we see today in the 18th century.
History within the cathedral city is not just limited to the buildings and gardens. The Ripon Hornblower is a longstanding historical tradition that dates back almost as far as the Cathedral. Every night a horn is blown by the Watch at the Obelisk in Ripon Market Place and then outside the Mayor’s house to commemorate the ancient methods of crime prevention in the city.
Close to the heart of the city is the Spa Gardens, which offer beautiful floral spaces for walking and admiration. The area is home to a variety of wildlife including numerous types of birds that complement the peaceful atmosphere. Within the gardens, you’ll also find a bandstand and various wood sculptures commemorating Lewis Caroll’s Wonderland creations.
Ripon is also famous for its racecourse, nicknamed Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse. Racing has taken place in Ripon for around 300 years and every year holds a wide range of different themed racing events, such as Ladies Day, Children’s Day and Family Day.
Slightly further afield is Lightwater Valley Theme Park, that provides fun and enjoyment for all the family. It’s an attraction famous for being home to the longest rollercoaster in Europe, The Ultimate, and every year sees hundreds of thousands of people visiting.
For a different take on adventure, there is the eerie Druid’s temple, that pays homage to Stonehenge, located in the Yorkshire Countryside surrounding the city, close to Masham.
Businesses in Ripon
The city is home to a large market place in the centre, surrounded by many local and national businesses. Its market takes place every Thursday with around 120 stalls.
Ripon is also the home of SCA Storage. Our storage site, located just 3 miles from Ripon offers a large number of container units to store a wide variety of items.