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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?

Our next open meeting will be on Thursday 3 October when we shall be looking at  fifty years of the RIPON CONSERVATION AREA and what the future holds.

Please join us at the Ripon Spa Hotel for 7.30.

HERITAGE OPEN DAY in Ripon is Sunday 15th September. The Society is opening the Gazebo on Blossomgate 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm. The Ripon Light Railway on Dallamires Lane will be opened for us 12 noon - 4.00 pm. There are also HOD's openings at the Cathedral, Ripon's Museums and the Masonic Hall. Please see www.heritageopendays.org.uk for information.


Ripon residents voted on 14 February 2019 for the Ripon City Neighbourhood Plan to help decide planning applications in the city with immediate effect. Harrogate Borough Council made the Plan in April.


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