Ripon Cathedral

Historic Site/Structure


Ripon Cathedral has a history stretching back almost fourteen centuries. Throughout this time it has offered an unbroken tradition of witness to the Christian faith, both in the City of Ripon and across North Yorkshire.

The present church was founded by St Wilfrid and dedicated in 672, although it has been rebuilt several times since. The ancient Saxon crypt, one of the oldest in the country, is the only part of Wilfrid's original church that remains to this day. The Cathedral also has many other interesting features, not least the medieval woodcarvings that decorate the choir stalls, which are believed to have inspired Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland.

Visitors have followed the pilgrim trail here for over 1300 years. Whether you are coming to enjoy some special music, explore the ancient crypt, light a candle or simple to enjoy the atmosphere of this holy building, you are most welcome.

Guides and Welcomers are on duty in the Cathedral daily between 10am and 4.30pm. Please come and talk to us, we will be delighted to answer your questions.

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