VISITOR
INFORMATION

Summer Opening Hours
9.00-4.30pm
(Easter to 30th September)

Gardens
Free of charge Monday-Friday

Tours
Weekdays: 11am, 12.30pm & 2.00pm
Weekends: 11.00am –3.00pm (Hourly), Family Tour 1.00pm


Winter Opening Hours
10.00-4.00pm
(October 1st to Easter)

Gardens
Free of Charge Everyday

Tours
March, October, November & December
Weekends Only: 11am, 12.30pm & 2pm
October Half Term: 11am – 2pm (Hourly), Family Tour 11am & 1pm
January & February: Private Guided Tours Only (By Appointment)
Due to events please phone as opening hours may vary without prior notice.

Weekends & Bank Holidays

Castle & Gardens

Adult £11.00

Concession £9.50

Child £7.50

Family £25.00

Gardens only

Adult £7.50

Concession £6.50

Child £5.00

Family £18.50


Weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays):

Castle only

Adult £5.00

Concession £4.50

Family £15.00

Gardens

Free Entry


RC Members: Free entry to Castle & Gardens
HHA Members: Free entry to Castle & Gardens
RHS Members: Primary card holder free Garden entry

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.

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.

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 -16 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Tea Room is just across from the Gift Shop and open all year round providing a warm, friendly and efficient hospitality to all our customers.

Our tempting menu includes everything from breakfast favourites, fresh salads, jacket potatoes and sandwiches to satisfying seasonal meals. All our dishes are made using locally sourced ingredients and we have a special children’s menu.

Four-legged friends are also welcome.

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 Tearooms

The Castle Gift Shop


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. We have a two-wheeled motorised scooter available for castle visitors, which can be reserved by contacting us on 01423 770152. Motorised scooters are NOT permitted in the Castle.

The Castle Tearoom and Gift Shop are both 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!


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


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