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Ripon has many faces: it's a cathedral city, a market town, a popular tourist destination, and a successor parish. It's also the third smallest city in England, with a population of 16,700 people. Ripon is a major center of religious activity in the region, and the vast majority of its residents are Christians. All important religious services are held in Ripon Cathedral, which is said to contain the bones of Saint Wilfrid. The cathedral is a seat of the Bishop of Leeds and dates back to the 12th century. It is famous for its musical tradition, especially an organ by Harrison and Harrison.
Besides religious customs, there is a market held on every Thursday. Local farmers, artisans, and small sellers offer their merchandise for sale as they did during past centuries. When not filled with local products, the marketplace hosts the Wilfrid Procession. Decorated floats and locals in costumes represent the return of Wilfrid to Ripon. It should also be mentioned that hardly any other city loves horse racing as much as Ripon. In fact, racing has taken place at a number of locations in the city from as far back as 1664 when it hosted its first meeting on Bondgate Green.
Historically significant monuments include the house where Stuart King James I stayed in 1617, Studley Royal Park, Fountains Abbey, and, of course, Ripon Cathedral. Visitors are highly encouraged to come and witness the active Christian community showing their love for God and the entirety of his creation.