Stay or Dine at
the Boars Head

The Village

All Saints' Church occupies the whole of the southern side of the square. The church was moved to its present site c1395, and is well worth visiting to see the ancient and unique Weeping Cross, tomb chests and musket ball holes, a memento of Oliver Cromwell's brief stay in the village. The Castle Gate House guards the western approach to the square, it's huge arch giving you a glimpse of Ripley Castle.

Ripley Endowed School was founded with the fortune of Katherine and Mary Ingilby in 1702, and rebuilt in 1820. You will find this delightful building slightly set back from the Main Street, almost opposite the Hotel de Ville. Tiny laundry buildings occupy the gap between the terraced cottages on the east side of the Main Street.

Today there are lots of shops to browse in: The Chantry House Art Gallery, Birchwood Farm Museum, Ripley Store and Ice Cream Shop, Hutchinsons Butchers, The Castle Gift Shop, and Hopkins Porter. Ripley also has its own Post Office and hairdressing salon.

Several beautiful walks have their starting point in the village: the Nidderdale Way passes through the centre of the village and Hollybank Lane takes you through the lovely open countryside and woods to the west of the village. You also get some beautiful views of the Castle and Nidderdale from the village car park and the adjacent cricket field. Shire horses graze under the ancient hardwood trees.