Ripon - Visit to Ripon Cathedral and supper

Ripon - Visit to Ripon Cathedral and supper

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Hosted by the Cambridge Society of North and West Yorkshire
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 4.30pm to 8.15pm BST
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Alumni and their guests are invited to join the Cambridge Society of North and West Yorkshire on a guided tour of Ripon Cathedral. Before we undertake our guided tour of the wonderful Cathedral we will meet at the award winning restaurant, Lockwoods, for an early light supper.

The tour of the Cathedral will take place immediately after Evensong, at this time in the evening, we will have the Cathedral to ourselves and will be able to do far more justice to the building than we might with a day-time visit, when time is shorter, and there might be an inter-play with other things going on.

Ripon Cathedral:

Founded by St. Wilfrid (c. 634 - 709 AD) and dedicated to St. Peter in 672. Of the original building only the Saxon Crypt remains, but its survival makes the Cathedral one of England's oldest church buildings still in use. Since that time the building has been subjected to constant re-builds, extensions, destruction and restoration, including work in the C19 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, right up to the present day; and all of which will be evidenced in our tour. It also houses high quality work by skilled craftsmen from the original stone masons who built the crypt, medieval wood carvers, a metal-smith from the arts and crafts movement, Leslie Durbin, one of the leading silver-smiths of the C20, and stained glass from the work-shops of Goddard and Gibbs, and others. We will also consider the connections with Lewis Carroll and Wilfred Owen. The church, which was known as Ripon Minster, became a Cathedral in 1836 on the creation of a new diocese.

Our guide:

John Sayer, graduate of Oxford, has been involved with the Cathedral for over 40 years and is also a knowledgeable organist.

Details for the evening:

  • 4.30pm - 5pm: early light supper at Lockwoods Restaurant where we have our own area booked. Menu choices are from the Early Bird Menu - 2 course £13.95 or 3 courses £16.95
  • 6pm: those who wish can attend Evensong
  • 6.30pm: for those who don't wish to attend Evensong, leave the restaurant and make their way to the Cathedral for the start of the tour, entering by the main West door
  • 8:15pm: the tour finishes and we will leave by a door on the North side of the Cathedral, as the West door may be closed.

Booking information

Please book as soon as possible, in order for us to be able to confirm the number of reservations for supper at the restaurant.

Payments for supper will be paid individually on the night at the restaurant.

Cathedral entry £6 per person payable on the day; which goes toward the up-keep of the Cathedral


Lockwoods Restaurant
83 North Street
United Kingdom

Location information

Directions and parking:

  • Ripon is 6 miles from the A1(M) Junction 50, with sign-posting from the A61 bypass
  • Parking at the Car Park (HG4 1LX)
  • Bus Station, within a few hundred yards of both the restaurant and the Cathedral, the 36 bus runs regularly from Leeds via Harrogate to Ripon, from 20:45pm hourly return (check the times)
  • There are also car parking spaces on the Market Square
  • Booth's car park is immediately behind Lockwoods, with access to North Street via an alley. 


  • There are steps in the Cathedral into and from the crypt, and up into the library, which houses the Cathedral's treasury display.
  • Wheelchairs are available at the Cathedral.
  • Guide dogs only.