The longer we live here, the longer we are amazed by the hidden gems in Harrogate District and how architecture that goes back centuries is reinvigorated and reinvented for the modern world. The Ingleby family has maintained a long-standing connection with Ripley Castle, passing it down through generations.
One example within a 20 minute drive from the cottages is Ripley Castle. The history of Ripley dates back many centuries. The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, a survey of England and Wales commissioned by William the Conqueror. At that time, it was a small settlement with agricultural significance. Today, it is a pretty little historic place with a Medieaval feel that has good food, and easy parking.
Ripley Castle is its centre piece, with its own rich history that spans over 700 years. The castle was originally built in the 14th century by Sir Thomas Ingleby, a member of the Ingleby family. Over the centuries, the castle has undergone various renovations and expansions, evolving into the stately residence that stands today.
It is open to the public most days, and visitors can explore its centuries-old architecture, picturesque grounds. Most people go to wander through the castle's opulent rooms, adorned with antique furniture, family portraits, and tales from centuries past. The castle's impressive architecture and well-preserved interiors offer a glimpse into the lives of those who once called it home. We go there a couple to explore the deer farm, the lake and the gardens.... and also partake of the a little Ripley Ice Cream, which is made on site.
Renowned for its exceptional quality and tantalizing flavors, Ripley Ice Cream is a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth. Whether you're a fan of classic vanilla or adventurous enough to sample their exotic creations, each scoop is a taste of pure indulgence. And if you want to feel like you have earned the calories, you can go for a longer walk through the forest of try one of brain intensive challenges of the indoor and outdoor Escape Rooms! Also coming up:
Snowdrop Spectacle (February): Witness the castle's grounds transform into a breathtaking carpet of snowdrops. Take a leisurely stroll through the snowdrop-lined paths, capturing the beauty of these delicate flowers against the backdrop of the castle's timeless architecture.
Guided Castle Tours (Throughout): Immerse yourself in the rich history of Ripley Castle with guided tours. Knowledgeable guides will lead you through the castle's halls, sharing tales of its fascinating past and the generations that have called it home.
Ripley Ice Cream Tasting Event (March): Indulge your taste buds in a unique experience with a Ripley Ice Cream tasting event. Sample a variety of flavors, learn about the art of ice cream making, and perhaps discover a new favorite to savor.