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The unspoilt Cathedral City of the Yorkshire Dales

Ripon may be a small city, but it has a Big Personality. It has all the benefits of contemporary living; a good selection of accommodation and restaurants, fascinating shops and a wealth of cultural entertainment and events.

Ripon and its locality have many reasons to keep visitors interested and entertained and as well as those in the centre Ripon has an abundance of top class visitor attractions within a 10-mile radius to complement any visit to the City itself. These include the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Newby Hall (a stately home), the 14th century Ripley Castle, a modern theme park at Lightwater Valley and the village of Masham with its two breweries.

Ideally located to explore the Yorkshire Dales or even the North York Moors, there's always plenty to do in and around the city for the young or not so young! Ripon is therefore a great place to stay or visit whatever the season. Whatever the purpose of your visit; a weekend break, a daytrip with friends, or a family holiday, we hope you'll spend some time "amid Ripon's ancient charms" and discover all that this vibrant City has to offer.