Skipton Things to Do

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    Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
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    Skipton Castle

    by nickandchris Updated Oct 27, 2007

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    Entrance with family motto visible.
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    Our main reason for being in Skipton was to visit the castle and in the end, it was a pretty rushed affair, having had to wait for Green Flag to get us mobile in the morning!!

    The castle began life as a wooden fortress in 1090 but was soon replaced with stone when Lord Robert Clifford took over,sazafter continual raids. It's position is strengthened by the sheer drop down the cliffs on one side, into the Eller Beck.Skipton Town sat huddled beneath it's castle for centuries, feeling safe in it's proximity.

    The castle today is one of the best preserved and complete, including roof, in all of England and is certainly an impressive sight as you enter.

    The Clifford Family became owners in 1310 and as you enter through the archway of the main gate,, the family motto, written in French, "Desormais"(Henceforth)can be seen, cut into the stone above the battlements. Here, through the entrance is the Shell Room, where you purchase your tickets. This is an amazing room, embedded throughout the walls are hundreds of mother of pearl shells, collected from I can't remember where, by the Clifford family over the years. Quite an impressive sight.

    After climbing Lady Anne's steps,you find yourselves in a lovely little courtyard, the Conduit Court, so named because the castle's piped supply of springwater ended here. Growing here is an impressive yew tree, planted by Lady Anne Clifford in 1659 with a girth of over 9ft. From this courtyard, most of the rooms are accessed. To the right of the castle open to the public, is the Tudor Wing, now a private residence. My God, what a place to live!!!!

    Although impressive, I have to admit we didn't find the castle overly exciting, with empty rooms and no admittance to the roof. It was all a little bland and tame. And not cheap...

    Open daily from 10am (Sundays 12 noon.)

    There are tea rooms, shop and picnic area. Parking is in the town.

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    Skipton Castle

    by cocoandsami Written May 1, 2006

    Skipton Castle is a fantastic example of a medieval castle. it is over 900 years old. It is only a shell (that is, no furnishing on the inside), but you can explore the whole castle (well, the original part, as i believe that the rest is still inhabited by the owners).

    Probably the best site to visit is Visit www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

    However, dont just stop at the castle, skipton has a great market in the city centre (each weekend, i think), and it is pretty to walk around.

    If you go by car, it is well worth going off the main roads and exploring the yorkshire dales - very very pretty.

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    Bolton Abbey

    by Vcela Written Dec 31, 2003

    The actual estate covers a large area. The 12th century Bolton Priory is in a beautiful setting, giving you historical and ntural beauty together. A lovely place to visit and see and a great place for picnic and summer walk.

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    Skipton Castle

    by Sjalen Written Oct 6, 2002

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    An old English castle, just like you want them to be. Nice medieval hall and other sights to keep your imagination going. Skipton was held by the Clifford family which was an influential one in this part of the world.

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    Skipton Woods

    by Cockleshell Written Jan 26, 2013
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    Just a few minutes walk from the town centre Skipton Woods is a lovely place for a stroll. Don't miss the waterfall.

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    VIEWS OF SKIPTONS FINE CASTLE

    by gwendar Written Aug 21, 2012

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    SKIPTON CASTLE ENTRY
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    SKIPTON CASTLE IS ONE OF THE BEST PRESERVED MEDEVIAL CASTLES IN ENGLAND,ITS CONDTION IS EXERLENT ,AND IS FULL OF ITS HISTORICAL PAST,AND WELL WORTH A VISIT.

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    CANAL BASIN

    by alyf1961 Written Apr 28, 2012

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    The Leeds to Liverpool canal goes through Skipton town centre and it has a canal basin where there is a junction with Lord Thanets canal.

    This is where the canal boat tours depart.

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    Canal Basin

    by tim07 Updated Oct 18, 2009

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    The area around the canal basin has plenty of shops, pubs & cafes. It's a great place to sit & relax as you watch the barges & boats pass by.

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