Ripon Cathedral

A beautiful place of wonder, peace and inspiration

This magnificent church has been a place of wonder, peace and inspiration since 672. A beautiful, historic building – alive with prayer & worship, community events and over 100 000 visitors each year – Ripon Cathedral is here for us all. Glorious Ripon Cathedral will surprise you. This beautiful medieval cathedral has an intriguing Anglo-Saxon crypt dating from 672, the oldest structure of any cathedral in England still in use today. You will find unusual treasures of art and design at every turn, some of which inspired the writing of Alice in Wonderland. And the cathedral’s breath-taking architecture creates a unique oasis of peace in a busy world. With free entry as well as things to do and see for all ages, Ripon Cathedral is a highlight of your visit to North Yorkshire.

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Ripon Cathedral

Minster Road
Ripon HG4 1QT

Ripon Cathedral has embarked on an incredible milestone, celebrating over 1350 years since its consecration by St Wilfrid in 672AD.

The Anglo-Saxon Crypt is all that remains of Wilfrid’s original basilica church, but this remarkable space is the oldest building of any English Cathedral. Even more remarkably, it still in use today – a place of prayer and reflection at the heart of this historic place.

Wilfrid’s passion was to lay strong foundations of the Christian church in the Pagan Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and he became one of the most influential and pioneering leaders.

What’s On

A place of music, art and architecture for generations…

Experience Evensong

Choral Evensong is a beautiful choral service, held at the start of most evenings. It is the perfect time for contemplation after a busy day. With minimal participation, Evensong allows listeners to enjoy a reflective, quiet atmosphere with world-class music ringing around the cathedral.

Children’s Church and Worship

Little Children’s Church (0-6)

Our brand new group for the youngest members of the Cathedral Congregation. We meet during the 10.30am Sung Eucharist, and explore the Christian faith through stories, songs, crafts, and play. We ask that children under school age are accompanied by a parent/responsible adult.

Children’s Church (6+)

Our group for primary school aged children, which meets during the 10.30am Sung Eucharist. We explore the Christian faith through stories, crafts, and other activities.