Courthouse Museum, Minster Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1QS

The Georgian Courthouse remains virtually unchanged since it was built in 1830; stand in the dock to hear your fate or sit at the magistrate's bench to deliver the verdict. Our displays tell the story of the courthouse and the people who passed through it. This year, the theme for Heritage Open Days is 'Locked Up'. Especially for Heritage Open Days we are opening up the original holding cell underneath the courthouse. Experience this dark and forbidding cell where prisoners would wait before being led up into the dock for trial and see what very few others have before. On Sunday 14th September entry to the museum is free. For families, try on the judge's robes and wig and take part in a family activity trail.

This event took place in September 2014 and the entry is now archived.


The Courthouse Museum consists of three rooms plus entrance hall. The Courthouse has three steps at the entrance (with handrails). The floors of the Courtroom are on several levels. Doorway from Jury Room into Magistrates Retiring Room is too narrow for wheelchair access. There are no toilets available for visitors’ use. Public Toilets are located nearby, to the left of the Courthouse.


Across the road from Ripon Cathedral. Parking is available immediately behind the Courthouse in the large public car park.


Organised by

Ripon Museum Trust

Date last modified: 19th June 2014 at 16:46

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