All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Outdoor Fun

Ripley Castle and Gardens

Ripley Castle and Gardens, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AY
01423 770152
Average time spent - 2 hours
Featured image for Ripley Castle and Gardens

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 on 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.

Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.

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-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult tour and grounds ticket costs £10, children 5-16 £7. 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.

Dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

Ripley Castle and Gardens
Ripley Castle and Gardens

*This post contains affiliate links

Find a family-friendly caravan park or hotel nearby in North Yorkshire

Join in the conversation of find a great day out near you, join us on Facebook and Instagram 

Top attractions in North Yorkshire

  • The Hole In Wand
    Primary Tweens Teens Indoor Indoor Fun

    The Hole In Wand

    The Hole in Wand, 14-16 Coppergate Walk, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9NT

  • Castle Howard
    All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Outdoor Fun

    Castle Howard

    Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA

  • Web Adventure Park
    Primary Toddlers Tweens Indoor & Outdoor Indoor Fun Outdoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

    Web Adventure Park

    Web Adventure Park, Clifton Gate Business Park, Wigginton Rd, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 2RH

  • Valley Gardens Harrogate
    All Ages Outdoor Great Outdoors Outdoor Fun Free

    Valley Gardens Harrogate

    Valley Gardens, Valley Dr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2SZ

  • Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
    Primary Teens Tweens Outdoor Great Outdoors

    Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

    Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Broadwood Entrance, Ingleton, Camforth, North Yorkshire, LA6 3ET

  • Dalby Forest
    All Ages Outdoor Great Outdoors Outdoor Fun Free

    Dalby Forest

    Dalby Forest, Dalby Forest Dr, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT