Any visit to Yorkshire means the chance to feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of home and embrace that famous Yorkshire way of life, and let’s face it, what better way to experience real Yorkshire than with a visit to the historic Ripon market?
Set in a pretty market square that’s seen shoppers browsing local wares for centuries, the market’s held every week on Thursdays, and it showcases the local produce that makes Yorkshire a foodie capital. This is the kind of market where you’ll find everything from local fruit and veg through to tasty homemade treats, so if you’re planning on trying out a few Yorkshire recipes during your stay this is the place to stock the cupboards.
Daniel Defoe described the market square as “the finest and most beautiful square that is to be seen of its kind in England”, and as it’s changed little over the years you’ll still find the quaint beauty that captured the author’s imagination.
In fact, life still centres around the market, so whether you’re keen to snap up a bargain and taste the flavours of the region or you just fancy mooching, you’ll find a friendly atmosphere and the comforting feeling of a local market unchanged by time. There’s also a farmers’ market in Ripon, which is held on the third Sunday of every month.