Guardian of the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales for over 900 years, Skipton Castle, once home to the famous Clifford Lords, is one of the best preserved and most complete medieval castles in England.
Fully roofed, it is a fascinating and delightful place to explore in any season - from atmospheric Dungeon to the great Watch Tower, from the Chapel to the beautiful Conduit Court - a free self-guiding Tour Sheet is available in 9 languages. You may relax on the peaceful Chapel Terrace with its fine views over the town and woods, and enjoy traditional fare in the Clifford Tea-rooms. The Castle stands at the head of the bustling High Street of this lively unspoilt town with its popular market.
Open every day from 10am (Sundays from 12 noon).
Last admissions 6pm (Oct - Feb 4pm). Closed 25 December.
Adult: £7.00, over 60's: £6.30, Students £6.30, under 18s: £4.40,
Under 5's: free, Family tickets (two adults & three children): £22.50
Please note there is no wheelchair access to the ancient castle.
Castle entrance gateway at the head of the High Street.
Skipton is a lovely market town on the periphery of North Yorkshire and only a stones throw away from both Lancashire and Cumbria. But one of the few true jewels in the crown that is on offer this area is Skipton Castle. I have visited many castles on my hunt for attractions for my Top 100 Attractions books, but there was something about this castle that made me want to return time and time again. This castle is not run by a charity such as the mighty National Trust or English Heritage, but owned by a local family, which I find is quite romantic and in keeping with the castles traditional past. The whole atmosphere of the place, even the quite modern tearooms is truly remarkable, and I would recommend at least 2-3 hours for your visit. Even though they have a perfectly stocked tearoom, the site is ideal for a picnic.