If you are thinking of moving to Ripon in North Yorkshire, whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education, here are some reasons why Ripon may be right for you …
- Most expensive property: £1,450,000
- Average house price in city: £212,721
- Cheapest property: freehold terraced house £115,000
- House prices in the region (Yorkshire and Humber) are forecast to rise by 14.2% by 2020, outperforming the North East, the North West and Scotland
- Although the full-time resident population was less than 17,000 at the last census in 2011, it attracts many tourists and second-home owners
- Its population is younger than in the rest of Yorkshire and an indication of the City’s prosperity is that the rate of unemployment is not only lower than the rest of Yorkshire, but also lower than the national average.
Location and Transport🚌
- Ripon lies in the very heart of Yorkshire, making it accessible from many of the major cities in the region, including Leeds and York
- More locally, it is 12 miles north of the major conference centre in the spa town of Harrogate and 11 miles southwest of Thirsk
- The City is well connected to important road networks – accessible via the A1(M) for north and south bound travellers and by the A61 east and west.
- Ripon Grammar School is an historic and very highly rated selective state secondary school, with a long list of famous past pupils and a current student roll of around 800 and rated “outstanding” or “good” by ofsted
- Neighbouring the Grammar School is the non-selective secondary school Outwood Academy Ripon – it has a school roll of just under 500 pupils and recent results suggest an encouraging improvement in performance
- Where the old racecourse once stood, there is the Cathedral Choir School, an independent co-educational preparatory school, established in 1960.
- Ripon boasts its fair share of architecturally notable buildings – including the cathedral and the grammar school
- It is also set in the scenic beauty at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales
- Its attraction as a tourist destination and place for second home owners also lies in the proximity of the World Heritage sites of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park.
Finally, did you know …
- The City’s cathedral dates way back to 672 and was made the very first chartered city in Britain in 886
- Ripon is the third smallest city in England
- Just a stone’s throw from the city itself is the folly now called the Forbidden Corner, comprising a labyrinth of tunnels, secret passages and surprises – fittingly billed as “the strangest place in the world”.