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Ripley Castle, Main Street
Ripley, Harrogate
North Yorkshire

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Harrogate Hot Air Balloon Ride

Fun & Interesting Facts

Harrogate hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in its newly opened conference centre back in 1982. The UK’s entry - One Step Further by the duo Bardo – came 7th with 76 points.


Take to the skies on a stunning Harrogate hot air balloon ride and enjoy the beautiful North Yorkshire landscape from on high.

Launching from the picturesque Ripley Castle estate just north of the historic spa town, miles of gorgeous countryside comes into view all around you as you go up, up and away.

If the wind takes you over Harrogate itself, keep an eye out for famous landmarks such as the Royal Pump Room, now a museum, built in 1842 as a luxurious shelter for affluent society to ‘take the waters’.

Patchwork fields and woodland pepper the landscape to the north, where you may fly far enough to see the ruins of Fountain Abbey.

On a clear day, you may even see Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the far distance.

Or you might drift majestically to the south east and the town of Knaresborough, where you might be able to spot the world famous Mother Shipton’s Cave – a petrifying well that turns things to ‘stone’.

Join the thousands of passengers who have experienced our unforgettable Harrogate hot air balloon rides and make memories to last a lifetime.


Heading North on the A61 from Harrogate:
At the roundabout take the first exit left onto Main Street, signposted for Ripley. After 150 meters, the entrance to the car park is on your left, signposted as Parking, Picnic area and Toilets.

Heading South on the A61 from Ripon:
At the roundabout take the second exit continuing straight onto Main Street, signposted for Ripley. Continue all the way through the village and you will see the car park on your right, signposted as Parking, Picnic area and Toilets.

The launch field is adjacent to the car park on the South side, through the line of trees.

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