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As the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, people travel the length and breadth of the country to visit this charming market town. With its famous 900 year old castle, romantic ruined priory and historic cobbled High Street, Skipton is endlessly rich both in history and outstanding natural beauty.
For more information about Skipton visit I love Skipton to plan your next visit.
Also, please have a look at our new Skipton Town Trail!
Skipton High Street An award winning high street, lively markets and wonderful woodland walks
Skipton Castle At 900 years old, this is one of the most complete and best preserved mediaeval castles in England.
Embsay Station For a journey into the past take a steam train through The Dales from Embsay station, built in 1888.
Parcevall Hall From formal gardens to a bedrock limestone rock garden, these gardens are a must see for all green fingered visitors.
Craven Musuem & Gallery The museum has impressive displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art.
High Corn Mill One of Skipton’s best kept secrets
For over 900 years Skipton Wood provided fuel, building materials and food for the inhabitants of Skipton Castle. Why not explore it? There are footpaths to guide you round.
The famous Ingleton Waterfalls Trail in Yorkshire offers some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the North of England.
Washington DC, Statford-upon-Avon, London and now Skipton, Shakespeare's First Folio was recently confirmed as one of only 49 surviving first folios and it's on public display in Craven Museum, situated within Skipton's historic Town Hall.
You can't fail to be impressed by the symphony of historical treasures that Skipton has to offer. The grand 11th Century Skipton Castle forms a dramatic centrepiece to this bustling market town and proudly overlooks a colourful orchestra of quaint streets, ancient woodland and famous waterways.
Many of the town's attractions are linked by the Millennium Walk route, making it easy to navigate around. Take a short stroll along the Springs Branch canal which runs beneath the castle ramparts into Skipton Woods, watch the world go by as you relax on a Leeds-Liverpool canal cruiser or you could even take the helm yourself.
With the beautiful Dales beckoning from Skipton's edge, it's time to venture further afield. Why now allow yourself to be swept along by a steam locomotive from nearby Embsay station. Just a stone's throw away from the romantic Bolton Abbey estate, you'll be transported into a landscape bursting with natural beauty as far as the eye can see.
Whether you're a skilled rider with your own horse, or someone looking for their first experience Draughton Riding Centre caters for everyone. Ranging from children's lead rein to riding groups and adult beginner to riding groups. In addition to group lessons we offer private lessons, lunge lessons, jumping lessons and hacking
Washington DC, Statford-upon-Avon, London and now Skipton, the Shakespeare First Folio, of which there are only 230 surviving First Folios, 49 of which are in the British Isles. Only 4 are currently on permanent public display, and one of them is in Skipton. Situated within Skipton's historic Town Hall, Craven Museum and Gallery is a hidden gem that tells the story of the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales known as Craven. Discover something different every time with changing exhibitions, workshops and family events.
All aboard for an exciting steam train ride! Built in 1888, Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is the perfect place to start your journey out into the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. We recommend hopping off at Bolton Abbey station for refreshments at the estate's Cavendish Pavillion or maybe a picnic on the banks of the crystal clear River Wharfe. Look out for special train events that include 1940s Weekend and All Aboard with Ivor the Engine.
As a special treat, why not go up, up and away in a hot air balloon. You'll get a whole new perspective of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is Nidderdale, and enjoy a bird's eye view of its neighbouring attractions from Skipton Castle across to the 12th Century ruins of Bolton Abbey priory. A more down to earth way to see Yorkshire is to take the Leeds-Liverpool Canal with Pennine Boat Trips of Skipton and take in the serene countryside as you idle through the locks. Grab your tackle and have a go at fly fishing, Go Fly Fishing UK are specialists in providing fly fishing tuition, guided days , short breaks in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and many other excellent fly fishing locations throughout the UK.
For a grand day out, Parcevall Hall Gardens has sights, sounds and delightful aromas not to be missed. The gardens were laid out by the late Sir William Milner and are planted with exotic specimens from as far away as China and the Himalayas - all set against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales. As well as being a local celebrity, Parcevall Hall Gardens has also appeared on our TV screens in 'Escape to the Country' and 'Hairy Bikers'. The historic Broughton Hall Estate, near Skipton, is situated in some of the most stunning countryside in Yorkshire and is set within 3,000 acres of secure and extensive landscaped grounds.Come and explore the Kilnsey Park and enjoy a unique Yorkshire Dales experience. You will be given a detailed trail leaflet to make sure you don't miss anything! The first thing you will notice is all of the wildlife wandering freely around the Park. You'll see the ducks, geese, hens and guinea fowl everywhere you go
Spend a day shopping in Skipton and you won't be disappointed. Fully renovated, High Corn Mill provides fabulous premises for a number of independently owned shops and businesses - all just a stone's throw from Skipton High Street which was recently voted 'Street of The Year'. After a busy day spent on your feet shopping treat your self to a pamper at Long Ashes Leisure Club & Pure Spa.
Calling all budding artists for another great day out. Mill Bridge Gallery, located in a canal-side building dating back to 1675 and said to be the oldest dwelling in Skipton, showcases the work of more than 20 talented local photographers and sculptors. Chrysalis Arts, an artist-led public art company, training and arts development agency based in the North Yorkshire village of Gargrave.
Whether you're returning from a day in the Dales or want to fuel up before you hit the castle, Skipton has a fantastic array of places to eat and drink. So take a seat for some award-winning fish and chips, settle into a pint of fine ale or select from a tempting variety of national cuisines represented around town. Cafés, pubs and restaurants galore are all within a hop, skip and a jump. Food is of the essence at The Angel Inn. Experience tasty well presented food using the freshest and finest seasonal produce from around the region. Choose between the relaxed Bar Brasserie or slightly more formal restaurant.
Who can resist the enticing smell of fresh fish and chips, dressed in lashings of salt and vinegar? For a real lunch time treat, follow your nose and head for Bizzie Lizzie's - officially awarded 'best fish and chips in the country' by the Sea Fish Industry Authority. Take away and eat while you browse the markets or savour the taste at a more leisurely pace in the restaurant.
Skipton is rather famous for its outdoor market, selling all sorts of tasty treats including fresh seasonal veg and old fashioned sweets. But if you're in the mood for more formal dining, dress up and take a drive over to the Michellin Starred Burlington Restaurant at the Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel for one of the head chef's gastronomic masterpieces set by the majestic Bolton Abbey.
Try Hemingways Tea Rooms, located in an undercover tranquil courtyard off Skipton's main high street. Their freshly cooked food & home-made pastries are not to be missed! Live pianist 3 days a week.
See some suggestions for eating out in our restaurant section.
Kids love running wild and free in the countryside. So with the Dales on your doorstep, the forecast is always good for a rural stomp whether it's in wellies, walking shoes or sandals. Or trot over to Skipton's marina and follow the Eller Beck behind the castle and over to Skipton Woods - there's a bountiful collection of plants and animals to captivate the whole family.
Animal lovers are in for a treat at Thornton Hall Farm Country Park as they meet the residents at this delightful working farm. Join in and bottle feed lambs and calves or go for a ride on the Farm Safari, giant caterpillar or ride-on tractors. There's more hands-on fun at Hesketh Farm Park, with pigs begging to be brushed and eggs waiting to be collected. And don't miss hitching a ride with Farmer Chris on his Tractor & Trailer tour.
Kids will love you if you treat them to a day out at Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour just up the hill from Bolton Abbey, they've created a Cape Cod styled family parlour- cum old fashioned diner. Think super-rare shiny airstream serving espresso coffees, endless toppings and syrups served up at the restored 40's Chicago soda fountain, cosy booth seating and you're getting the picture. Add in a rather unique playground, free parking and play you'll leave with fond memories (and plenty of unnecessary calories) from time spent at the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Farm.
There's something for all the family at Craven Museum and Gallery. Located in Skipton Town Hall, the museum has impressive displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art. The exhibition gallery on the ground floor shows a changing programme of exhibitions related to heritage and the arts. Visitors can discover more about the area's past by exploring the small but varied collections on display. Entrance to the Museum & Gallery is free and there are dozens of activities for children, such as dressing up as cave people and Victorian servants, digging in the archaeology pit, grinding corn into flour on the quern and quizzes, puzzles and colouring. The museum also holds a year-round programme of activities and workshops suitable for all ages. For more information about these events check the museum's website
It's only a matter of time before you succumb to the ancient charms of Skipton Castle. And why not! Over 900 years old, this is one of the most complete and best preserved mediaeval castles in England. You're free to explore every historic nook and cranny; peek into the Banqueting Hall, roam around the Kitchen and Bedchamber and climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the lofty heights of the Watch Tower.
History and legend are also waiting to be discovered in the ruins of Bolton Abbey's 12th Century priory. If you enter the estate through the hole in the wall, the romantic ruins literally lay in wait for your arrival as you descend the old steps and go back in time. Don't forget your camera as there are photo opportunities at every turn - just be sure to pop it safely away before you cross the famous stepping stones to join the riverside walk!
Granted market rights by King John in 1204, today's market town is still a hub of activity and proud of its traditions. Sheep Day is an event to behold with sheep dog trials, sheep shearing, vintage tractors and even an old ducking stool. Depending when you visit, you may encounter Skipton's riotous gala or Waterways Festival or time it perfectly to experience the famous Yuletide Market, complete with a High Street procession.
In the past, Skipton has beaten the likes of Portobello Road and Kensington High Street to win Britain's Best Street of the Year - so a big thumbs up for shopping lovers. What we really love about this Dales market town is its diversity; offering clothes, homeware, deli foods and souvenirs that attract both local people and tourists alike.
Craven Court is Skipton's Victorian themed shopping arcade. Praised by Prince Charles for its architecture, the beautiful painted ironwork and stunning clear glass roof make for a unique and enchanting shopping experience. As well as some popular High Street names, you'll also find more unusual shops selling everything from German woodcraft to silver jewellery.
Surrounding the High Street and Victorian covered arcade are a myriad of narrow side streets and alleys that are the keepers of more shopping treasures. So have your reusable shopping bag to hand as you explore beyond the beaten track and go in search of those 'interesting independents' and 'one-off boutiques' that are often the real jewel in the crown for more adventurous shoppers.
Over 900 years old and one of the most complete examples of a medieval castle in England, a visit to this magnificent castle is like stepping back in time.
Thornton Hall Farm
A family friendly day out, there's lots for all the family to enjoy including getting up close to a few cheeky animals!
The Devonshire Arms
This beautiful hotel is a lovely place to stop off for some cake and a cream tea. Or why not stay for longer and enduldge yourself with a visit to the luxury health spa.
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