Castle, Gardens and Grounds Currently Closed

Due to essential maintenance on the Castle’s roof.
Sunday 2nd January 2022 the Gardens and Grounds will be closed until further notice for both the safety of our visitors and work personnel.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 


No pre-booking required for the Gardens and Grounds

We look forward to welcoming you to Ripley Castle Gardens & Grounds and hope you e

njoy your visit.

  • You must bring your booking confirmation with you or we cannot allow admission (This can be shown on your phone or as a printed ticket)
  • Tickets are non-transferable and we ask you arrive at your allotted time.
  • Toilets will be provided inside the entrance, soap and hand dryers are available, but we do suggest you also bring your own hand sanitiser. Please note these facilities are for ticket holders only.
  • We ask you are respectful of other visitors whilst moving around the grounds,observing the social distancing directive.
  • We cannot accept bookings for groups of more than 6 people.
  • There will be staff on site to assist you if required.
  • No dogs allowed.


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Free Garden Entry
Castle Tour Upgrade £4.50 

HHA Members – Free Castle & Gardens
RHS Members* – Free Garden entry *Primary card holder only                                    *Castle Tour Upgrade £4.50



The Walled Gardens are a pleasure to visit at any time of year and in April contain a collection of Hyacinth giving a riot of colour in Spring as well as a magnificent aroma. The huge range of hot houses contain a highly impressive collection of tropical plants, ferns and cacti. Ancient wisteria and clematis thrive on the high south-facing walls.

The Walled kitchen garden contains an extensive herb bed and an extraordinary collection of rare vegetables, grown in cooperation with the Henry Doubleday Research Association.

The pleasure grounds contain a collection of specimen trees from around the world and thousands of spring flowering bulbs, daffodils, narcissi, snowdrops, aconites and bluebells.

There is also a small children’s play area.

No visit to Ripley Castle would be complete without a stroll into our deer park. Some of the oak trees are one thousand years old, and they still look magnificent with their impressive girth and gnarled branches. You will see plenty of wildlife on your way round the deer park: fallow deer, rabbits, squirrels, heron, canada and greylag geese, mallard, teal and wigeon, pheasants, woodpeckers and, if you are very lucky, a kingfisher as it flashes past.

The park walk takes you round the castle’s large ornamental lake, across the waterfall and into the deer park itself.

Castle Tour – Currently not running
Tours back in Summer 2022 

Guided tours start at the Front door of the Castle and take approximately 1 hour.

You can enjoy six of the Castle rooms which include
the Library, Drawing rooms, Tower room and Knights Chamber.

An entertaining and engaging tour tailored to an adult audience, though inclusive to all and families with children (ideally over 5 years) are welcome to join these tours.

Learn more about Ripley Castle’s history

Group Tour Information


Children will be introduced to 26 generations of Ingilby family history which includes
a wild boar hunt which nearly killed King Edward III, the Gunpowder Plot
and Oliver Cromwell being kept at gunpoint in the Library,
eccentric ancestors and even ghost stories!

The tour takes 45 minutes and is perfect for children aged 5 -13 years.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Our ‘Take Away‘ is open for visitors who want to grab and go, serving a selection of take away drinks and snacks and the ever popular Brymor Ice Cream.

The Take Away is open from 10am to 4pm daily and is also the entrance to the Castle Gardens and  Grounds. – Due to essential maintenance on the Castle’s roof.
Sunday 2nd January the Gardens and Grounds will be closed until further notice for both the safety of our visitors and work personnel.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

The Tea Room is in the Courtyard and open all year round providing a warm, friendly and efficient hospitality to all our customers offering indoor and outdoor seating available.

Our menu includes everything from breakfast favorites to satisfying seasonal meals.

All our dishes are made using locally sourced ingredients and we also have a special children’s menu.

Four-legged friends are also welcome.

We have taken every precaution to make sure our customers are safe and have reduced the table capacity to ensure social distancing and provide plenty of space.

We have indoor and outdoor seating available. Tables are offered on a first come first served basis and cannot be pre-booked.

Please don’t be offended when we ask for your contact details, they are required for’ track and trace’ and are not shared with any third party and or used for any marketing purposes, they are destroyed after three weeks.

For direct enquiries please email :

We look forward to seeing you.

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There are disabled toilet facilities at the following locations in Ripley:

The public WC’s in the village car park.

The Boar’s Head in the centre of the village.

The Ripley Castle Takeaway


Wheelchair users:

Ripley was built on fairly level ground, so progress is relatively unhindered throughout the village. The Market Square is cobbled but a good tarmacadam road runs the full length from the Main Street to the Castle gates.

Entrance to the Castle:

Parking spaces are available very close to the entrance point.

The Castle Tearoom is fully accessible to wheelchair users and have disabled WC’s. The Castle’s main entrance is ramped and four of the six rooms on the tour are fully accessible to wheelchair users: DVDs of the tour of the upstairs rooms are available for you to watch.

The Castle terrace is surfaced with gravel: not ideal for wheelchairs, but it is reasonably manageable. The gardens and grounds are reasonably level and a good network of stone paths ensure you can get to most places. The majority of the hothouses in the Gardens are not currently accessible, but you can pass through the Palm House to get to the grounds. The Park walk is not recommended for wheelchair users.

Facilities for the hard of hearing:

The Castle Guides operate a state-of-the art neck loop system for the hard of hearing, and have four neck loops that they can hand out. You can reserve these in advance: contact us to let us know when you are coming.

Facilities for the blind and partially sighted:

The guided tour system works very well at Ripley Castle, and because virtually all of the items here are on open display anyway, blind people are encouraged to handle some of the items as they are being discussed. We have always worked on the basis that the civil war armour was made for fighting battles in: anything our visitors manage to do to it while handling it can’t be much worse!

Please note we no longer have a mobility scooter.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.