THE RUSSIAN TEA ROOM IS BY FAR THE BEST PLACE TO BUY TEAS,THEY HAVE A RANGE OF OVER 160 DIFFERENT TEAS.AND THESE ALL CAN BE TRIED IN THE UPSTAIRS CAFE.
THEY ALSO HAVE A GREAT SELECTION OF GIFTS ,LIKE RUSSIAN DOLLS TO CHINA AND MUCH MORE,.
What to buy: WELL TEAS IS THE THING,BUT THE LARGE RANGE OF GOODS ON SALE IS VERY GOOD.
What to pay: FROM A COUPLE OF POUNDS TO MANY TENS OF POUNDS
THIS SMALL BUTCHERS SHOP,HAS BEEN MAKEING PIES FOR A VERY LONG TIME,AND I HAVE BEEN BUYING THEM FOR THE LAST 30+ YEARS.
IT IS KNOWN FOR THEM AND PEPOLE COME FOR MILES TO BUY THEM,ITS THAT FAMOUS,THEY SELL ALL MANNER OFF FOOD PRODUCTS ,AND MOST OF THE MEAT IS LOCAL.
What to buy: ANY PRODUCT THAT TAKES YOUR FANCY,IT ALL GOOD HOME MADE LOCAL PRODUCE.
What to pay: THAT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU BUY
On this page I am referring to High Street, which is the main street in Skipton and Sheep Street which runs parallel to High Street unless otherwise stated.
A shoppers delight! There are shops lining both sides of both streets. You will find a lot of outdoor equipment/clothing shops, as in this area camping and country walks are very popular.
There are independent shops and chain shops such as House of Fraiser, Boots, Greggs, WHSmith. Finding a bank is not difficult either, nor is finding a pub or cafe with many to choose from!!
Whenever I have been to Skipton, there has been a market on that runs along High Street that sells all sorts! From brass plates for your house, padlocks, chains to handmade clothing, to local farmed foods (and cakes and sweets too!).
There is variety here.
Now, for the most important shops (in my opinion) - the shops that sell FOOD!! I'm not talking about Greggs, I'm talking about butchers, green grocers and bakers. The bread is freshly baked along with the cakes and pies, the vegetables and meat are from English farmers. And the taste . . . . fantastic!!!
At the top of High Street, there is a road called Mill Bridge where there is a famous pork pie shop that make and sell their pies on the premises (www.stanforthbutchers.co.uk) - recommended! And just before you reach the pork pie shop, there is a traditional sweet shop that sells all of the 'old style' sweets in jars.
Also at the top of High Street, you can access Skipton Castle and the Town Hall. The Town Hall hosts the Tourist Information Centre.
What to buy: Anything you desire!
This little arcade is a delight to shop in! It's under cover and has a great variety of shops to tickle your fancy!
Going with the Victorian theme, there is an apothecary which sells traditional aswell as modern toileteries, handmade soaps, bath products, has a nostaligic feel and plays 30s and 40s era music. It's always been popular whenever I have visited.
A tabacconist shop to cater for all of your tabacco needs is based here. You can browse around the shops that sell jewellery, clothes, toiletries and furniture. My favourite shop (as I have been known to be a little crafty!! - Making my own cards for many occasions), is 'The Stamp Man'. This shop is a card-makers dream! It holds so many ideas - old and new, the staff will show you how you can work the products to get the card you want to achieve. I can spend a LONG time in here browsing and without a doubt purchasing! It also sells your basic products to get you started or improve your collection of card, paper, colours, stamps, inks, pens, foam, sticky tape, glue etc.
Even if you don't shop, go in and have a look at the building and facades of the shops!
Markets are the lifeblood of country towns in Great Britain. Towns such as Skipton which was given a market charter in 1204 by King John thrive on their market trade.
The market in Skipton is one of the oldest markets in the country.
The market brings in much needed money to the town which supports local businesses.
What to buy: EVERYTHING
What to pay: AVERAGE FOR A MARKET
The Craven Shopping Centre is a picturesque shopping arcade. We stumbled across it just by accident as we were walking around the backstreets of Skipton. An intricate wrought iron spiral staircase led to the first floor where we found a lovely looking tea room and toy store. On the ground floor level there is a lovely array of stone fronted shops which give the place that olde worlde feeling.
The Shopping centre leads out onto High Street which is another great street for shopping. Sheep street is great too, try not to miss Victoria Square which is just off sheep Street. Here you'll find some great independant gift shops.
Craven Court shopping centre is a modern mall with an old world feel and look about it due to its Victorian style decor,inside you will find many household names such as H.Samuells and Laura Ashley as well as independent stores selling local crafts and gifts etc,there are also plenty of snack bars and coffee shops here as well.The mall is set on two floors and is not too big to get lost in.
The shopping centre was developed and expanded from a 16th century theatre,there are a total of 28 shops.
opening times:Mon to Sat 8.30am till 5.00pm
Sun 11.00am till 4.00pm
What to buy: Books,cosmetics,clothes,crafts,gifts.
What to pay: Depends on item
Skipton Market has everything you want for the home such as hardware and cleaning products,kitchen ware,DIY,plants,etc,as well as plenty of food and clothes stalls.The market can be found on both sides of the high st.and is open-mondays,wednesdays,fridays and saturdays from 9am til 5pm.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy
Skipton's market is held Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday so there's every chance there'll be a market on if you are visiting!!!
Best to get in to town reasonably early to be sure of parking. Having said that, we had no problem parking in the motorhome at 10.54am, in the Town Hall carpark. I did notice the park was very full by the time we left, around 1.30pm.
Having gone to Skipton just with the intention of wandering round before a pub lunch and not being in the "buying" mood, I found the most interesting feature of the market was a bird of prey demonstration. I'm not sure how interesting the birds found the market, though!!
What to buy: The market sells a wonderful array of items, including deli. goods such as olives and dried and crystallised fruits. One thing which was very much evident was high viz. clothing!!!
What to pay: Probably no cheaper than the shops!!