Unveiling the Mysteries of Druids Temple in Ripon

Within the enchanting woodland at Swinton Bivouac in Ripon, North Yorkshire, lies a hidden gem that transports visitors back in time. Druids Temple, a mystical and awe-inspiring structure, offers a unique experience for those seeking adventure and intrigue.

Take a leisurely stroll through the estate on one of the well signposted trails to explore Druids Temple and more. The “temple” is just a short walk from Swinton Bivouac’s reception, and easy to find with a public footpath that leads from the road to the main site of the folly. Parking is only £3 using an honesty box. Use the postcode HG4 4JZ.

Druids Temple – Folly or Place of Worship?:

Druids Temple is a huge stone formation, built in the late 18th century by William Danby. Its origins are a bit of a mystery, but it is thought to have been constructed as a folly rather than a place of worship. As you explore the temple, you could be convinced otherwise!

Beyond the allure of Druids Temple, the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate offers a plethora of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. From nature walks, cycling trails and wild swimming to fishing and birdwatching, there is something for everyone. There’s even a geocaching trail!

Swinton Park Hotel

While exploring Druids Temple, you could extending your stay at the luxurious Swinton Park Hotel. Located within the estate, this grade II castle hotel offers elegant accommodations, fine dining experiences, and a range of spa and wellness facilities. Indulge in a pampering session or savour a gourmet meal, all while enjoying the tranquillity and beauty of the surrounding countryside. If you are looking for the best spas in Harrogate make sure you check out my blog.

Swinton Bivouac

Not one for fancy hotels? Swinton still has you covered. On the edge of expansive moorland and forest on the Swinton Estate, Swinton Bivouac is home to rustic Tree Lodges, tucked away in woodland, Meadow Yurts, nestled in the hillside, and the cosy Loft too!

We loved our visit to Druids Temple in Ripon, the kids loved exploring the stone circle, discussing why it was there and what the thought it was used for. And I just loved getting out into nature and exploring this enchanting corner of North Yorkshire.

We’ll be back!

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