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What is there to do at Ripley Castle?

Ripley Castle is a stunning listed 14th-century country house with so much to offer. Get a wonderful interactive tour of the castle itself or take a stroll through the deer park and castle grounds, where you’ll discover a large ornamental lake, complete with a waterfall and many different animals such as geese, squirrels, woodpeckers and of course deers! The lake walk leads into the deer park itself, where you can see the beautiful free roaming fallow deer.

Do you prefer something a little more adventurous? No problem, Ripley castle also offers the opportunity to do things like archery, zorbing, kayaking and even raft building! All this and more is available due to Ripley castle being partnered with ‘Live For Today Adventures’ who’s team will be more than happy to guide you around the wide array of activities.


  • Ripley castle is mostly wheelchair accessible, apart from The Market Square which is cobbled. There are disabled toilets all through the grounds. The castle tearoom has also been made accessible for wheelchair users, the entrance is ramped along with four of the sic rooms on the tour.
  • DVD’s of the tour are available to watch before your visit.
  • The Castle Guides operate a neck loop system for the hard of hearing, and have four neck loops that they can hand out. You can call up in advance to let the castle know you’re coming to get this reserved in advance.
  • Ripley castle is very accessible for the blind and partially sighted, virtually all of the items on the tour are on open display, people are encouraged to handle some of the items as they are being discussed.

Other points of interest

The Boar’s Head, is a Hotel and Restaurant on the grounds where you can book for a breakfast, dinner or even afternoon tea or even maybe stay with your loved ones. You can also get married at Ripley Castle they offer range of packages, which can be used as a base from which to plan your perfect day.

The castle dates back to the 1500’s and has been the sight and rest place of many notable figures throughout history, it’s also been the filming location for TV shows and films, including the 1976 Disney film Escape from the Dark!


Q Do I need to book?

No, there is no pre-booking required.

Q Does the castle close for winter?

The castle itself is closed from November to March, however the grounds are open all year round.

Q Is parking available?

Yes, free parking is available and disabled parking is also available close to the entrance.

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