Located in North Yorkshire, Ripon is a picturesque market town and cathedral city that was founded over 1,300 years ago. Burgeoning with exciting history, the town retains its market tradition even now with a very busy and expansive market held each week where locals can purchase all manner of products from fruit and vegetables to handmade goods. Modern shops and chain stores are also an important part of the retail scene in Ripon, giving the local population and visitors an extensive choice when it comes to shopping.
The town has a lot of history outside of its market tradition and this is reflected in a number of cultural events throughout the year. The Wilfrid Procession is a procession with floats and performers and has been happening in the town since the year 1108! Music and dancing are an important part of the local scene, with the ‘long sword dance’ and ‘Morris dancing’ enjoying popularity as traditional activities. The focus on tradition extends to the present everyday with the Ripon Horn blower blowing a horn every evening at the Market. This is why the city of Ripon is represented by the symbol of a horn.
Ripon also boasts a sporting history and this continues into the present day, the most important sporting focus is on horse racing at the Ripon racecourse. The Ripon races have been an important part of the local scene for over 300 years and this has moved on to meet the needs of a modern audience. Known as the Garden Racecourse due to its position in the beautiful locality of Ripon, with picturesque scenery and a local authority dedicated to making the area a vibrant and beautiful place to live, work and visit. The racecourse melds history with modern technology to give a contemporary twist to the experience.
There are so many places to visit in Ripon; the age of the town means that it has a lot of historical buildings and attractions. These include the Ripon Cathedral and Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site comprising a large estate and the largest (and arguably most impressive) ruins of an abbey in the country. There are also the Georgian Water Gardens which allow visitors to enjoy a truly spectacular day out.
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