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Ripley Castle and Gardens is a 14th-century lakeside estate that includes scenic grounds and a resplendent building. Tours of the mansion and the surrounding gardens trace the history of generations of the affluent Ingilby family. Bring the whole family to learn about the estate’s relation to the Gunpowder Plot and the British monarchy.
Embark on a 1-hour guided tour and find yourself in a world of chandeliers, period furniture and regal portraits. Among the six rooms included on the circuit are the Library, Drawing Rooms, Knights Chamber and Tower Room.
Admire the stained-glass windows and elegant spiraling staircases. Let your kids take the Children’s Tour to hear about tales of ghosts and a wild boar hunt that almost killed King Edward III. Activity days at the castle include body-zorbing and archery.
Find out about the various members of the Ingilby family. Henry Ingilby collected taxes for the monarchy, while his brother William was knighted after saving the king’s life. The Blessed Francis Ingilby was executed for being a Catholic priest and later, many of the Ingilbys were conspirators in the infamous Gunpowder Plot.
To remember your visit to Ripley Castle, purchase a souvenir at the gift shop. Opposite the shop is the Tea Room, where you can order breakfast and sandwiches. Consider extending your visit with an overnight stay in the Boar’s Head lodgings.
Note that the castle tour is available to visitors daily in summer and on weekends in autumn. Pay a fee for the castle and gardens combo. In January and February, it is free to enter the gardens, while the castle tour is only accessible via prior reservation.
Ripley Castle and Gardens is in the village of Ripley in the southeastern corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Drive north from the center of Harrogate for around 10 minutes to reach the castle. Check out the surrounding attractions, such as All Saints Church Ripley, Ripley Town Hall and the Old Farmyard, Ripley.
Located in Harrogate City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harrogate Theatre, Royal Hall and Valley Gardens. Mercer Art Gallery and RHS Garden Harlow Carr are also within 2 mi (3 km). Harrogate Station is only a 4-minute walk and Hornbeam Park Station is 25 minutes.
Located in Harrogate City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Hall and Turkish Baths and Health Spa. Harrogate Convention Centre is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. Harrogate Station is 11 minutes by foot.
Situated in a regional park, this luxury bed & breakfast is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Ripley Castle and Gardens and within 3 miles (5 km) of Turkish Baths and Health Spa and Harrogate Convention Centre. Royal Hall and Mercer Art Gallery are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Ripley Castle and Gardens and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Log Heights. Turkish Baths and Health Spa and Harrogate Convention Centre are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in Harrogate City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Valley Gardens and Mercer Art Gallery. Royal Hall and Harrogate Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Harrogate Station is 7 minutes by foot and Hornbeam Park Station is 27 minutes.
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Log Heights and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Ripley Castle and Gardens. Turkish Baths and Health Spa and Harrogate Convention Centre are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Harrogate, this property is within 3 miles (5 km) of Nidderdale, Ripley Castle and Gardens and Log Heights. Turkish Baths and Health Spa and Harrogate Convention Centre are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Harrogate, this historic cottage is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Ripley Castle and Gardens and within 6 miles (10 km) of Log Heights and Knaresborough Castle. Mother Shipton's Cave and Harrogate Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).