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Out and About - Places to Visit

Ripon has it all.
Easily accessible from the A1(M), it has a privileged aspect right in between the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorks Moors.
As well as being the gateway to beautiful countryside, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, which is Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site.
There is so much to see and do when you stay at Riverside Lodges - here are just a few of our suggestions.

Newby Hall & Gardens


The home of Richard and Lucinda Compton, Newby Hall is one of England's renowned Adam houses.
In the 1760s William Weddell, an ancestor of the Comptons, acquired a magnificent collection of ancient Roman sculpture and Gobelins tapestries.
He commissioned Robert Adam to alter the original Wren-designed house, and Thomas Chippendale to make furniture.
The result is a perfect example of the Georgian 'Age of Elegance' with the atmosphere and ambience of a family home.
25 acres of stunning award-winning gardens contain rare and beautiful shubs and plants, including the National Collection of the genus Cornus (dogwoods).Newby's famous double herbaceous borders make the perfect walkway to the RiverUre. Formal gardens such as the Autumn and Rose Gardens.

Thorp Perrow


Thorp Perrow Arboretum is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. This 100 acre arboretum is unique to Britain, if not Europe, in that it was the creation of one man, Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895 - 1977) and is now owned and managed by Sir John Ropner.
Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, not far from the historic town of Bedale, Thorp Perrow is an exciting place to explore offering something for everyone, and is home to some of the largest and rarest trees and shrubs in England. There are tree trails, a nature trail and a children's trail, a large lake, picnic area and children's play area. The Arboretum also embraces the Milbank Pinetum planted by Lady Augusta Milbank in the mid-nineteenth century, and the medieval Spring Wood dates back to the 16th century.

Fountains Abbey


Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It is located approximately 3 miles (5 kilometres) south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, near to the village of Aldfield. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for over 400 years, until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The abbey is a Grade I listed building owned by the National Trust and part of the designated Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Markenfield Hall


Markenfield is amongst a small number of mediaeval houses that - to this day - could still be recognised by their original builder because they are so little-altered

Tucked privately away along a mile-long winding drive, just three miles south of Ripon, the Hall has been described as Yorkshire's best-kept secret. Not visible from the road, a glimpse of the imposing east wall cannot be seen until visitors reach the old Mediaeval road near to the top of the drive. But for a quirk of fate – and a turnpike act of 1777 – Markenfield would be one of the most recognisable houses in Yorkshire and the nearby A61 would run along this now-Bridleway just 200 yards from its façade. As it is, the house is approached from the A61 Ripon to Harrogate Road along a humble farm track, past agricultural buildings and farm workers' cottages.

Ripon Cathedral


Ripon Cathedral is a beautiful, ancient church with a history reaching back to the 7th Century. It is a mother church for the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and home for the cathedra (throne) of the Bishop of Leeds. The Cathedral is an active, living Church with a community of Christians who seek to make worship a priority for life and to reach out in service to the wider community. We enjoy welcoming both pilgrims and tourists, hoping that they will capture a glimpse of God’s love for them through the witness of this remarkable building and its people.

Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks are balancing rock formations on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. The rocks stand at a height of nearly 30 feet in an area owned by the National Trust[2] which is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[3]

The site is open all year round; typically from 8 a.m. until dusk. Entry is free but car parking is charged for visitors who are not members of the National Trust.[4]

Lightwater Valley Theme Park


Escape to Lightwater Valley and discover the excitement of five unique attractions set amidst 175 acres of glorious North Yorkshire countryside,

Ripon Police and Prison Museum


The museum, established in 1984 in Ripon Gaol, houses documents, prints and artefacts depicting the history of Law and Order over 1100 years. The story of our police force is illustrated on the ground floor using exhibits from the Trust's fine collections of police memorabilia. Early punishments and conditions in Victorian Prisons are shown in the cells on the first floor.

Ripon Races


Ripon Racecourse recently won ‘Best Small Racecourse in the North 2011’; a fitting accolade and just description for what is a beautiful and unique racecourse. This adds to a string of awards including Gold Rose Award winners at both Yorkshire and Ripon in Bloom as well as being assessed as a Quality Assured Racecourse by Visit England.

Commonly known as the Garden Racecourse, Ripon has hosted some of the most exciting, prestigious and enjoyable racing in the country for more than 300 years. It never fails to impress year on year with its outstanding backdrop and exciting atmosphere. Ripon’s friendly welcome and homely feel makes a day’s racing experience so enjoyable people come back time and time again. With children under 16 admitted free into all enclosure and a cross section of quality catering facilities Ripon Racecourse is a firm favourite for racing enthusiasts and families alike.

With the forthcoming season starting in April the racecourse is ready to stage 16 race meetings including several events such as Ladies’ Day, Children’s Day and the famous Great St Wilfrid Handicap. With great packages and party discounts for group’s bookings we hope you will join us for some of the action. 

Ripon Scienic Cruises


Ripon Scenic Cruises offers Scenic Narrowboat cruises on the Ripon Canal and River Ure.

Two narrowboats, the Yoredale and The Pride of Ripon are available for private hire. Both boats carry 12 passengers.

Ripon Workhouse Museum


The museum of Yorkshire Poor Law has been established in the Men's Casual Wards (1877) of Ripon's Victorian workhouse buildings. The fourteen cells where the tramps were locked up for the night, the ablutions room, the old day room and workyard have all been refurbished to give a portrayal of the grim treatment of vagrants a hundred years ago. There is a Hard Times Gallery depicting the harsh conditions of the poor in Victorian times.