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Ripley Castle and Gardens

The Ingilby family lived in this mansion for 700 years, amid tales of treason, executions and ghosts. Tour the lavish estate with a docent for the full story.

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.


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The Yorkshire Hotel, BW Premier Collection by Best Western £44
The Yorkshire Hotel, BW Premier Collection by Best Western

The Yorkshire Hotel, BW Premier Collection by Best Western

Prospect Place, Harrogate, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa £71
    DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa

    DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa

    Ripon Road, Harrogate, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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.

      Hazel Manor
      Hazel Manor

      Hazel Manor

      Ripon Road, Killinghall, Harrogate, England
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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).

        7 Scarah Bank Cottages
        7 Scarah Bank Cottages

        7 Scarah Bank Cottages

        7 Scarah Bank Cottages Ripley, Harrogate, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          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).

          White Hart Hotel, Best Western Premier Collection £44
          White Hart Hotel, Best Western Premier Collection

          White Hart Hotel, Best Western Premier Collection

          Coldbath Road, Harrogate, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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.

            Cosy Country Cottage nr Harrogate
            Cosy Country Cottage nr Harrogate

            Cosy Country Cottage nr Harrogate

            ripon road, Harrogate, ENG
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              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).

              Sophie's Bed and Breakfast £100
              Sophie's Bed and Breakfast

              Sophie's Bed and Breakfast

              High street, Hampsthwaite, Harrogate, ENG
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                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).

                Luxury Self-catered Cottage set in the Heart of North Yorkshire
                Luxury Self-catered Cottage set in the Heart of North Yorkshire

                Luxury Self-catered Cottage set in the Heart of North Yorkshire

                North Dockenbush Cottage, Harrogate, ENG
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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).