Welcome to Ripon Cathedral
Cathedral of the Diocese of Ripon & Leeds
Ripon Cathedral has a history stretching back almost fourteen centuries. Throughout this time it has offered an unbroken tradition of witness to the Christian faith, both in the city of Ripon and across North Yorkshire. Ripon Cathedral was founded by St Wilfrid, who brought craftsmen from the continent to build a new stone church dedicated to St Peter, in 672AD.
The only part of Wilfrid’s church to survive is the ancient Saxon crypt which is arguably the oldest church building in England to have remained in continuous use. The Cathedral is a vibrant parish church at the heart of its local community and mother church to the region.
Ripon Cathedral has been offering hospitality and Christian witness to pilgrims, tourists and the people of Yorkshire for well over a thousand years. During this time, though the building may have changed, the core values of Welcome and Witness have not. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing our journey of faith through this remarkable building and Christian community. Canon Keith, Residentiary Canon and Sub-Dean
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