Daniel Defoe described Ripon Market Square as 'the finest and most beautiful square that is to be seen of its kind in England'. Today the square remains the heart and soul of Ripon, proudly retaining its tradition of the hornblower who can be found 'setting the watch' every evening around 9pm - a delightful example of this city's ancient charm.
When it comes to location, 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 Studely Royal - Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site - is right on its doorstep, and it's a mere 10 miles from Ripley Castle and the exciting the Lightwater Valley theme park.
The jewel in Ripon's crown must surely be the 7th Century Ripon Cathedral. Dominating the city's skyline, this magnificent building is totally inspiring. It provides sanctuary on a rainy day and is a beautiful focal point as you stroll the city's streets and relax in one of many award-winning cafés.