Welcome to Ripon Cathedral
A Cathedral of the Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales
Ripon Cathedral has a history stretching back almost fourteen centuries. Throughout this time it has offered an unbroken tradition of witness to the Christian faith, both in the city of Ripon and across Yorkshire. Ripon Cathedral was founded by St Wilfrid, who brought craftsmen from the continent to build a new stone church dedicated to St Peter, in 672AD.
The only part of Wilfrid’s church to survive is the ancient Saxon crypt which is arguably the oldest church building in England to have remained in continuous use. The Cathedral is a vibrant parish church at the heart of its local community and mother church to the region.
Ripon Cathedral is a beautiful, ancient church with a history reaching back to the 7th Century. It is a mother church for the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and home for the cathedra (throne) of the Bishop of Leeds. The Cathedral is an active, living Church with a community of Christians who seek to make worship a priority for life and to reach out in service to the wider community. We enjoy welcoming both pilgrims and tourists, hoping that they will capture a glimpse of God’s love for them through the witness of this remarkable building and its people. We look forward to welcoming you. The Very Reverend John Dobson, the Dean of Ripon
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