The ancient Yorkshire city of Ripon is steeped in history and tradition, with many superb Georgian and medieval buildings. Overlooking proceedings is the beautiful, gothic cathedral, whilst the city’s Hornblower undertakes a unique horn-blowing ceremony in the main square each night at 9pm, and has been doing so for over 1,100 years. There are plenty of facilities here including a renowned race course, museums, an eclectic selection of shops and a good variety of places to dine, as well as canal and riverside walks. Should you want more, the spa town of Harrogate is about a half an hour drive away.
“The ancient Yorkshire city of Ripon is steeped in history and tradition, with many superb Georgian and medieval buildings.”
An attraction that you should definitely make time for is Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Surrounded by the pretty countryside of North Yorkshire, this World Heritage Site makes a great day out and highlights include spectacular monastic ruins, a Georgian water garden and Studley Royal deer park. Meanwhile, Newby Hall and Gardens is a good place for all the family thanks to its adventure playground complete with miniature train and pedal boats. The city also holds regular arts exhibitions and The Ripon International Festival, held in September, showcases culture from around the world, while the cathedral hosts a programme of music events.