Ripon Branch Manager and local resident Andrew Skelton tells us what he loves about this beautiful cathedral city
Ripon is located north east of Harrogate on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, offering convenience for the A1 and A19 which connects the city with Nothallerton, Thirsk and the North East. The majestic cathedral dominates the city’s skyline and signifies Ripon’s historical importance and yet the area provides a relaxed community with all the amenities for modern living.
The architecturally important buildings around Ripon’s impressive market square are complemented by a range of sympathetic, modern residential developments, providing comfortable family homes, which enjoy the convenience of the city centre and the benefits of the countryside.
Families in Ripon enjoy easy access to a range of excellent schools within the city and neighbouring districts. North Yorkshire County Council education authority ranks highly in the UK for GCSE and A-level results. Ripon Grammar School, a selective co-educational state secondary Grammar school, is one of the top performing state schools in Yorkshire, achieving 98% success rate at grades A* to C at GCSE Level (2013 league tables).
In Ripon, history and heritage are on view at every turn. However, here you will also find all the amenities necessary for a 21st Century lifestyle. Modern living and a sense of the past, that's what makes Ripon such a unique place to live.
What we love about Ripon
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
Residents of Ripon are fortunate to have on their doorstep the amazing World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studely Royal. Just four miles from Ripon, it is open all year round and is a lovely place to walk and enjoy the changing colours of the seasons.
Ripon Spa Gardens
Another beautiful green space is the city's Spa Gardens which have been awarded Green Flag status by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation every year since 2001.
Ripon has hosts some of the most exciting, prestigious and racing in beautiful picturesque surroundings. The forthcoming season starting in April with 16 race meetings across the year, including the popular ladies day in June.