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Ripon named one of best cities to visit in UK

Kirkgate in Ripon.

Ripon has been named in the top 10 cities to visit in the UK.

The list, which has been compiled by The Telegraph, looks at the best and worst places to visit based on criteria across four categories.

These include hospitality and amenities, culture and heritage, transport and nature and green spaces.

And Ripon has been ranked in eighth place, above Worcester and Canterbury.

Bath, Wells and Bristol make up the top three respectively.

Ripon is the only Yorkshire city included in the top ten, with York ranked in 13th.

Speaking about Ripon, The Telegraph report said: 

“Yorkshire’s smallest city is nigh-on perfect, especially for heritage buffs. Medieval cathedral? Tick. Ancient market place? Tick. Wonky narrow streets? Tick. 

“There are also independent shops, courteous traffic, and three rivers looping around its edges to frame the loveliness. 

“Ripon gave up on its spa-town ambitions in the 1930s (there were no springs) but the splendid Edwardian building still stands, and it can confidently lay claim to the title of last traditional spa to be built in Britain.”

The report highlights the city's three "quirky" museums - Workhouse; Prison and Police; Courthouse - and Fountains Abbey.

Ripon scored 67 in the hospitality and amenities category - its highest score.

However it scored just 19 points for transport.

Ripon scored 208 points in total, whilst first placed Bath wracked up 248 points. 

Speaking about Bath, The Telegraph report said:

"The overall winner, as you’ll see, is a beautiful, rather gracious city that has long been regarded fondly – but which also has cultural clout."

Read the full report via The Telegraph here.

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