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Ripley Castle and Gardens is situated 3 miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Castle Gardens and Parkland are open to the public all year round, the Castle is viewed by guided tour only April to October; a visit to the Estate makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out.

Our history is one of political, military, religious and social turbulence, of plague and persecution, of renaissance, enlightenment and industrial revolution.

It is a tale of romance, courage, loyalty and recklessness.

There is no final chapter because we are still here, still enjoying the adventure.

Today’s opening hours

9.30am to 5pm. Due to events please check website as opening hours may vary without prior notice.
Gardens open daily (Except 25 & 26 December & 1 January).



Gardens,  Parkland, Admissions &  Gift Shop

Winter 10.00am– 4pm: November – March: (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)

Summer 9.30am – 5pm: April – October

Due to events please check our website or phone as opening hours may vary without prior notice.

Gardens open daily (Except 25 & 26 December & 1 January)

Castle guided tours

Winter: November – March: Castle Tours by private prior appointment only.


Winter: November – March:  Castle Tours by private prior appointment only.

Find Us
Find us

The Ripley Castle Estate is situated 3 miles north of Harrogate off the A61

The 36 bus service from Leeds to Ripon goes through the village of Ripley every 20 minutes and this service takes approximately 15 minutes from Harrogate.

York to Harrogate by train is 30 minutes and Leeds to Harrogate by train is 40 minutes.

Harrogate to Ripley Cycle Route 67.

  • Offers bike storage

Car park on site

  • Free


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Castle by guided tour (includes complimentary Garden & Parkland entry)
Adult: £10
Concession: £9
Child: £7
Family 2+2: £25

More admission details

  • Touch tours
  • Hearing loops
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome.

Things to See

Fun Facts

The castle is said to be haunted by Dame Alicia Ingilby and her children, who died of meningitis in the 1870’s.

She is occasionally seen on the landing and her children frequently hide small valuable items, which generally reappear back in their rightful place months or years later!


No visit to Ripley Castle would be complete without a stroll into our deer park.

Some of the oak trees are one thousand years old, and they still look magnificent with their impressive girth and gnarled branches.

You will see plenty of wildlife on your way round the deer park: fallow deer, rabbits, squirrels, heron, canada and greylag geese, mallard, teal and wigeon, pheasants, woodpeckers and, if you are very lucky, a kingfisher as it flashes past. The park walk takes you round the castle’s large ornamental lake, across the waterfall and into the deer park itself.


For over 700 years Ripley Castle has been the quintessential essence of Yorkshire romance.

From the moment you arrive the scene is set for a truly enchanting and unique experience. From elegance and grandeur, to the historic cosy intimacy of the private family rooms, we exceed all your expectations to ensure your dream wedding is here.

We offer an excellent range of packages, which can be used as a base from which to plan your perfect day with the help of our experienced and dedicated wedding co-ordinators, who are on hand at all times to help make your day special to you.


  • Suppliers list
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Wedding planner
  • Bridal suite
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering


The Boar's Head is a beautiful old Coaching Inn. It is part of the Ripley Castle Estate and one of the Great Inns of Britain.

The Boar's Head is located in the unique and historic village of Ripley situated three miles north of the Spa town of Harrogate, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and seven miles south of Ripon with its magnificent Cathedral.

Visitors to the Boar's Head can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in luxurious and historic surroundings. Our Bedrooms are individually decorated and the Dining Room and Bar Bistro serve excellent cuisine in lovely surroundings to both residents and non-residents.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the Snug and Bar Bistro.

Ripley Village is based on a French model village and has unique architecture.

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Ripley Castle is an exceptional meeting venue.

The setting is stunning, our service professional and friendly and our catering is second to none.

We offer privacy in relaxed surroundings which are a true escape from the city feel. Smaller events are held in the private Castle Room and the East Wing is perfect for events which need more room to accommodate delegates or team activities.

The Lake, Deer Park and Grounds are perfect for team building activities and our on-site activity company Live for Today Adventures are able to offer a wide variety of team building/team challenging activities.


  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Plentiful parking
  • Team building activities
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Accessible toilets
  • Dinner
  • Hearing loops
  • Projector and screen
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast

Great venue – location, room, space. Plenty to eat and good quality. Good service and facilities – had a really private feeling to it. We were very well looked after.


School Visits

Field trips are an important part of every child’s development.

Our enthusiastic guides can make our seven hundred year old Castle come alive with interesting and fascinating anecdotes; we are an ideal location to enhance any child’s education.

Our Education Information Pack will be sent on request to assist teachers before and during a visit to Ripley Castle.