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Ripon Civic Society

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Welcome to Ripon Civic Society

We are dedicated to protecting and enhancing the historic buildings and environment of the cathedral city of Ripon on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and of the surrounding area.

Our aims include:

  • promoting heritage protection and conservation projects in the city and area
  • promoting the highest levels of architecture, planning and design
  • stimulating public awareness of the best qualities of Ripon and the surrounding area
    acting as a leading voice in the development and prosperity of the city and the surrounding area.

    The Society has around 200 members and is a strong voice in Ripon.  Why not join us?

National Civic Day this year is Saturday 22 June. Watch out for information here soon.

More information shortly on our summer visits.

Our next open meeting will be on 5 September. Details will follow soon.

Our latest NEWSLETTER is available. We're planning a new format soon.


Ripon has its own Neighbourhood Plan. On a better than expected turnout of 21.69%, 2292 Ripon residents voted in the referendum on 14 February 2019 for the Ripon Neighbourhood Plan to help decide planning applications in the city. That's over five out of every six people voting supported the Plan.


Ripon Re-Viewed is an exciting new project to preserve and digitise 10,000 photographic images revealing over a century of life in the City of Ripon. Dating from the 1880s to the 1980s, these remarkable collections record the people, places, shops, schools, traditions, celebrations, events and the everyday life of our community.  Copies of the Ripon Re-Viewed 2019 Calendar are still available from the Society.

Programme of Events
Ripon Civic Society Publications