In 2009 Ripley Castle has been the home of the Ingilby family for the last seven hundred years.
The castle’s history is one of political, military, religious and social turbulence, of plague and persecution, of renaissance, enlightenment and industrial revolution. It is a tale of romance, courage, loyalty and recklessness. There is no final chapter because we are still here, still enjoying the adventure.
Henry Ingilby collected taxes for Edward III and helped the king to finance the construction of Windsor Castle. His brother Thomas saved the king's life and was knighted for his courage.
James I stayed at the castle in 1603. By 1605 the Ingilbys were plotting to kill him: nine of the eleven known conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot were close relations or associates.
'Trooper' Jane Ingilby held Oliver Cromwell prisoner overnight in the castle's Library. Sir John Ingilby rebuilt the castle but lost his wife. His son, a notable and colourful eccentric, rebuilt Ripley and endowed it with a huge Hotel de Ville.
As well as the Castle you can visit the gardens and grounds, the Castle Tearooms, or purchase gifts in our shop.
Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site
Education Information Pack
This pack is designed to assist teachers before, during and after a visit to Ripley Castle. It is available as a PDF download, but if you would like a hard copy please contact Jenny Carter at email@example.com and we will be happy to send one to your school free of charge. If you would like to visit Ripley Castle before bringing your pupils, our guides are more than happy to meet you. Tell them the subject you are covering and they can tailor your tour to that subject area.