Gardens & Grounds are open
Free of Charge

until 31st March 2020

Opening Times

Gardens & Parkland

Winter – October – March – 10.00am– 4pm

Summer – April – September – 9.30am – 5pm

(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)


Castle Guided Tours

The Castle is available to view by Private guided tour only between

November & March

 Private tours for up to 15 visitors are available to pre-book for £135.00
Please call the Estate Office on 01423 770152.

Guided Public Tour Timings

From April 2020:

Weekdays: 11am & 12.30pm
Weekends & Bank Holidays: 11am & 12.30pm

PLEASE SEE: Pricing and Purchasing Your Tickets to book.

Due to events please check our website or phone 01423 770152

as times may change without prior notice.

 No Unauthorised Dogs allowed in the Castle Grounds and Parkland




Admission Tariff 2019 & 2020


Castle by Guided Tour
(Ticket includes complimentary Garden & Parkland entry)
Child aged 5 to 16 years£7
Family 2+2£25
Gardens & Parkland
(Ticket included with Castle Guided Tour)
Adult£ 5
Concession£ 4.50
Child£ 3
Family 2+2£ 12.50




Boar’s Head Residents – Free Garden entry.
Castle Tour Upgrade £4.50
HHA Members – Free Castle & Gardens
RHS Members* – Free Garden entry *primary card holder only
(card with asterisk) Castle Tour Upgrade £4.50

Winter months October to March:

Gardens Free Entry, Castle by prior appointment only.



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.

Classic Castle Tour 

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.

Children’s Tours

Running at 1.00pm, daily during the 2019 Easter & Summer Holidays only.

Children will be introduced to 700 years of Ingilby family history which includes a wild boar hunt with 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.

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

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 in the Courtyard 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.

For direct enquiries please call 01423 772391

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


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 four-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.