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. 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 are available due to a partnership between Ripley Castle and “Live For Today Adventures,” whose staff 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 has cobblestones. There are toilets for people with disability all through the grounds. Four of the six rooms on the tour, including the castle tearoom, have ramps to make them wheelchair-accessible.
- DVD of the tour is 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 tour are on open display, and 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 breakfast, dinner or even afternoon tea or maybe stay with your loved ones. You can also get married at Ripley Castle they offer a range of packages, which can be a perfect base from which to plan your big 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!
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