Stay awhile amid Ripon's ancient charms

25 June 2018

Stay a while in the ancient city of Ripon – Yorkshire’s hidden gem!  This small but perfectly formed historic city is bursting with things to see and do and punches well above its weight!

The beating heart of the city is the stunning gothic cathedral which dates from the 7th century, drawing visitors from all corners of the world as well as offering a vibrant hub for numerous artistic, music, spiritual and tourist events each year.

Walk up from the cathedral through picturesque narrow streets and past ancient mellow brick buildings to reach the market square - home of the vibrant weekly market  and definitely one not to miss!

Ripon Racecourse (one of the 9 Yorkshire racecourses) is renowned as the ‘Garden Racecourse’ for its immaculately presented floral displays and offers a family friendly welcome with plenty of childrens' entertainment at many meetings.

Ripon is sited on the banks of the river Ure, just a short drive from its source in Wensleydale (the only Yorkshire Dale not named after its river).  Don’t miss a trip up the dale – you’ll be rewarded by the most wonderful Yorkshire Dales scenery and delightful unspoilt villages along the way.  Right at its head, enjoy the thrilling switchback drive over the majestic Buttertubs pass between Wensleydale and neighbouring Swaledale.

Ripon is also blessed with a rich architectural heritage both within the city and its surrounds. Within a 5 mile radius you’ll find grade I listed Newby Hall (fabulous gardens, rich interiors and a childrens’ adventure playground), National Trust Beningbrough Hall and perhaps most special of all – the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden.

Just a little further to the east of Ripon lies yet another National Park – the North Yorkshire Moors – and beyond that the coast with its broad beaches, sweeping cliffs, romantic fishing villages and smugglers tales!

We’re thrilled to welcome Skell Gardens Cottage to the Harrogate Holidays family, situated just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral in the most ancient and picturesque part of the city.   So catch yourself a little bit of history in this wonderful cottage while enjoying bang up to date interiors, fittings and styling!

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