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Ripon Cathedral

The original cathedral was built in 672AD, the Saxon crypt is the only surviving part of the original church, which has stood on the site for 700 years. The transepts of the church date from the 1100's and have a mix of rounded norman arches and pointed gothic arches. The west front is a fantastic example of the early gothic style.

Ripon is a living church and the nave is where the main service takes place on a Sunday and many events are hosted. On the stone benches around the walls you can see the colourful Millennium cushions, which tell the story of Ripon, starting from near the font.
The medieval woodcarvings in the choir's stalls are a unique fetaure said to have inspired Lewis Carroll.

The Cathedral is an active place of worship within the City of Ripon and the wider diocese.

As well as the regular weekly services the Cathedral often hosts concerts and other events.

Visiting Ripon Cathedral

Opening Times

Ripon Cathedral welcomes visitors every day from 8.30am to 6pm with the exception of during Eucharist, every Sunday 10.30 -11.30am, although of course visitors are welcome to join the service and to explore afterward. Entry to Ripon Cathedral is free though we rely on the generosity of visitors’ donations.


The Cathedral is wheelchair friendly, with the exception of the crypt and the library. Wheelchairs and disabled parking are available

Contact Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral Offices
Liberty Court House, Minster Road
Ripon, North Yorkshire
Office Tel: 01765 603462

Website: Ripon Cathedral

Events at Ripon Cathedral

Great North Art Show

3rd to 25th September
The GREAT NORTH ART SHOW is a vibrant open exhibition established in 2001 to promote the quality and diversity of contemporary art in the Northwith thousands of visitors annually from home and abroad
It is an exciting opportunity to enjoy a broad range of quality art by established and emerging artists, set against the magnificent backdrop of Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire; definitely not to be missed.