A house of prayer since AD672

'Uplifting and inspirational'


'A beautiful, peaceful Cathedral'

'A delight to the heart & soul'

'Stunning & majestic'

'Full of memories'

"The new Episcopal Area of Ripon comprises a mix of communities
from the deeply rural to large villages, along with market and spa towns.
It is an area of historical places and arguably one of the most scenic areas in the country,
boasting castles, ancient abbeys and priories, and the ancient cathedral church of Ripon
in one of England’s smallest cities. It is also a region with
huge areas of outstanding natural beauty."

Rt Revd James Bell, Bishop of Knaresborough

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
Recent News
22 Apr2014

News from the Belfry, Easter 2014

The Cathedral bell ringers have been particularly busy over the last month or so. On Thursday 27th March, they…

16 Apr2014

Assistant Director of Music Appointed

Ripon Cathedral has appointed Mr. Timothy Harper to the position of Assistant Director of Music from September…

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