Ripley Castle and Gardens
Last Updated on February 20, 2024 by Suzy
Things to do at Ripley Castle and Gardens review
Ripley Castle is a 14th-century house located in Ripley, North Yorkshire. The house is Grade 1 listed and it is just 3 miles north of Harrogate. It has been home to the Ingilby family for over 700 years. As well as being able to look around the house there are also gardens and parkland to explore.
The building was a Tudor castle that was then made into a house in the 18th Century. You can book tours of the castle and they even have Children’s castle tours which are great for family-friendly fun (the tours are not always available, please consult their website).
Ripley Castle’s varied parkland makes it a great place for outdoor activities. There is an adventure play area for the kids, you can even have a go at archery or learn some bushcraft. For the more adventurous there is body zorbing, canoeing, kayaking and orienteering. Some of these activities are available via the Live For Today activity centre.
You can enjoy a walk around the deer park amongst oak trees that are one thousand years old. There is plenty of deer to spot and the walk takes you around the castle’s large ornamental lake and across the waterfall.
FAQ and Further Information Ripley Castle and Gardens
Is there food and drink available?
There is a tearoom serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Historic castle turned house you can explore with guided tours including child-friendly tours, parkland, play area and outdoor adventure activities. There are toilets and a tea room.
What are the ticket prices?
*Mid-rangeu003cbru003e*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult tour and grounds ticket costs £15 and children are free, . A gardens and parkland-only ticket is cheaper. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
Plentiful free, parking is available as you enter Ripley on the left-hand side in the village car park and there is further limited parking close to the Castle and shopping area.
When are they open?
Ripley Castle’s grounds are open for most of the year. Over the winter the castle tours tend to be by appointment only. For up-to-date opening times please visit their website.
Only assistance dogs are permitted.
Are they accessible?
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