Ripley is an attractive village, three miles north of Harrogate, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, just off the A61 Ripon to Harrogate main road. Ripley has one wide street and a small cobbled square, the Market Place. Many of the houses are terraced and set back from the main street behind a tree lined grass verge. In 1827, the Lord of the Manor, Sir William Amcotts Ingilby, demolished many buildings and rebuilt the village to resemble a French village in Alsace-Lorraine. One building bears the inscription, Hotel de Ville.
Ripley Castle has been home to the Ingilby family for twenty-six generations. This Grade I Listed 14th century country house, is open to the public and is a popular wedding venue. The gardens were laid out by Capability Brown. After the Battle of Marston Moor, Oliver Cromwell stayed at Ripley Castle. The wall of the 14th century All Saints Church, still has bullet marks, which were made when Cromwell’s Roundhead troops executed several Ripley men who were captured after the battle. The BBC 2017 television series, “Gunpowder”, used Ripley Castle as a location.
In the Market Place is the War Memorial, together with the Market Cross and Village Stocks. In the corner, there is a life size statue of a boar. This symbolises the association over seven hundred years, between Ripley and the Ingilby family. Thomas Ingilby was granted the Ripley Estate after he saved Edward III from a wild boar that was attacking him. The Boars Head Hotel, which is part of the Ripley Castle Estate, is a lovely old coaching inn, where guests can enjoy the luxurious and historic surroundings and have free entry to the Castle.
Various food commentators claim that Ripley is world famous for its ice cream. Certainly this is proclaimed at the World Famous Ripley Ice Cream Store, which usually has a queue outside the entrance for its soft creamy product.