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    Skipton Castle

    by Balam Updated Nov 9, 2010

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    Skipton Castle is over 900 years old and is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is certainly worth a visit. we went on a rainy day but thankfully the heavy rain help off untill we had come out.

    In medieval days visitors would have crossed a bridge over a moat and then passed under a portcullis and through the main doors before reaching the inner courtyard this has since been changed and in tudor times a new door was built but on ontering the courtyard through the original gateway you can still see the grooves were the portcullis would have come down.


    Skipton Castle is open daily from 10am (Sunday 12 noon), except for 25 December. Last admission is at 6pm (October - February 4pm).

    Adults: £6.20
    Children (5-17): £3.70
    Children under 5: free
    Over 60s and students: £5.60
    Family Ticket for two adults and up to 3 children over 5: £19.50 (saves up to £4.00).

    There is no wheelchair access to the ancient castle ~ grounds, tearoom & shop accessible over a cobbled surface.

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    Skipton Castle

    by nickandchris Updated Oct 27, 2007

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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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    Visit the Castle

    by Myfanwe Updated Nov 8, 2010

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    Skipton Castle is over 900 years old and is one of the best preserved and most complete of all the Medieval Castles in England. One of the great things about this Castle is that part of it is actually lived in. Saying that, there are still plenty of rooms, nooks and crannies for the public to explore. You are given a free tour sheet on arrival. The tour takes you up into the main building via Lady Anne steps where you'll reach the picturesque Conduit Court with all the rooms leading from it. Right in the centre of the Conduit Court is a wonderful mature Elm tree which was planted by the Lady of the manor (Lady Anne Clifford) in 1659. Another striking feature of the Court is the Coat of Arms belonging to her husband - Sir John Clifford.

    I really enjoyed looking around the rooms in the Castle, especially the dungeons, kitchens and the spectacular views out of the windows on the upper floor.

    There is a well stocked gift shop in the grounds of the Castle and some lovely looking tearooms if you fancy a cuppa after a hard day exploring.

    Admission price: £6.20 for adults, concessions available.

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    Craven Museum & Gallery

    by Balam Updated Nov 16, 2010

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    The museum is situated within the Town Hall in the Centre of Skipton and tells the the history of the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales known as Craven.
    you can look at some great finds such as an Iron Age sword known as the Flasby Sword and some original mosaic floors from the Kirk Sink Roman Villa at Gargrave and an Elizabethan silver coin hoard as well as some great period costumes.


    Free Entry:

    April to September (inclusive)
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday:
    10.00am – 4.00pm
    Closed Tuesday and Sunday

    October to March (inclusive)
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:
    12.00pm – 4.00pm
    Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm


    Closed Tuesday and Sunday

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    Leeds Liverpool Canal

    by Balam Written Nov 16, 2010

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    Leeds Liverpool Canal is Britain's longest inland waterway at 127 miles and was opened in 1816 after taking 46 years to construct costing five times it's original budget.
    It was opened in sections with the first to open being the section from Skipton to Bingley in 1773 which was free from locks. As with all canals it was very busy through the nineteenth century carrying Coal, stone and other goods.
    The canal goes through the centre of Skipton where there is a canal basin Junction and stopping area) where it meets Springs Branch Canal. wich although only a half mile long is a lovely stretch of canal that is great for a walk as it winds around the rear of Skipton Castle that stands above on it's rocky plinth the canal acts as a moat.

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    Canal Boat Hire and Cruises

    by Balam Updated Nov 16, 2010

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    You can go on short canal cruises or hire canal boats to go on short canal breaks.

    Penine Boat Trips operate cruises daily from the quay in the centre of town (Coach St).

    Pennine Cruisers offer daily, short break, and weekly narrowboat hire from Skipton Town Centre.

    Skipton and Craven Action for Disability (SCAD ) run the "Marjorie Charlesworth" which is a wide beam boat that has been adapted to take parties of up to 12 people of a variety of disabilities on day cruises on the canal.

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    Craven Shopping Centre

    by Balam Updated Nov 16, 2010

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    Craven shopping centre was developed and expanded from a 16th century theatre its original stone walls are partly listed and provide a traditional and interesting backdrop to this fantastic little shopping centre with 28 shops .
    I really loved the old street and architecture, it had a really nice feel about it.
    you don't have to buy anything but it is certainly worth a look around

    Monday - Saturday 8.30am-5.00pm
    Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm

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    Find the Flock!

    by Balam Written Nov 16, 2010

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    Between 21 August to 19 December 2010 you can do a unique trail around Skipton looking for 26 Sheeh have been placed in various spots around town (25 are fixed and 1 moves around the town) You can pick up the trail leaflets from various places around town.
    Each sheep is of a unique design and was created and painted by one of a group of talented artists and a smattering of local community groups from Skipton.
    linked to this main Flock to Skipton project is a seperate schools and community project with a further 33 2 dimensional versions which can be found in shop and buisiness windows.

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    SHEEP DAY

    by alyf1961 Updated Oct 16, 2011

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    Sheep day in Skipton is an annual event in which the town centre is taken over by everything and anything to do with Sheep.
    The atmosphere is amazing with everything sheep related, [they take sheep very seriously here].
    There are rare breeds, which are shown by experts who explain breeds and breeding procedures, sheep shearing exhibitions and a sheep disco. there are also childrens activities and lots of entertainment.

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    Canal Walking

    by nickandchris Updated Oct 27, 2007

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    Tributary of Leeds - Liverpool canal, Skipton
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    The Leeds - Liverpool Canal runs through Skipton, creating a peaceful place to walk and sit and watch the colourful canal boats meander along the waterway.

    The complete canal was opened in 1816, having taken 46 years to build the 127 miles of canal. Actually, the very first part to open was the Skipton - Bingley section in 1773.

    From the town there is easy access to the canal and we had a little wander. We walked along the Spring's Branch, which is a half mile long tributary that runs below the castle and forms a moat. It was used to transport limestone quarried on a hill nearby and today, you can still see the chute it travelled down to access the awaiting barges. This operation ceased in 1946.

    From here we had a little wander along the canal proper, admiring the boats and some architecturally interesting buildings, before heading back into mainstream Skipton for our pub lunch. Although there are a couple of pubs on the canalside, we chose not to eat at them, having had a drink at one the day before and chose a pub near the High Street.

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    SKipton Parish Church

    by Myfanwe Written Nov 8, 2010

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    This great 14th Century Church holds a prominent position right at the top of Skipton High street overlooking the Town. A number of dignitaries are buried in the Churchyard here; Eleanor Brandon along with five Earls of Cumberland are among Countesses and their Children. The memorial to George Clifford, third Earl of Skipton is particularly striking and was designed by Lady Anne Clifford who was known as the self styled Queen of the North.

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    Explore the Canalways

    by Myfanwe Updated Nov 9, 2010

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    The Leeds-Liverpool Canal basin at Skipton is a wonderful area for watching the world go by, have a picnic or feed the ducks. From here you can hire a boat and explore the surrounding countryside on the 17 miles lock-free canal. The Narrowboats for hire look great and are called Rosie & Jim and Jack & Jill, each suitable for differing occupancy and length of hire. All boats have flushing toilets, heatine, cooker, sink and crockery and if you really want to treat yourselves you can order a hamper from the Boat House Cafe & Restaurant in the Canal Basin or a slap up breakfast there before you go.

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    Craven Museum and Gallery

    by Myfanwe Updated Nov 8, 2010

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    Skipton Town Hall

    Skipton Museum is situated within the Town hall. Here you can take a look at archaelogical finds of the region, explore costume and fashion of the past and you can take a look back at Craven life through the centuries.

    Opening hours;

    Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat;

    10am - 4pm Summer
    12am - 4pm Winter
    10am - 4pm Winter Saturdays.

    Admission to the Museum is free.

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    Flock to Skipton

    by Myfanwe Updated Nov 9, 2010

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    Skipton takes its' name from the Medieval derivation of 'Sheep Town' and to commemorate this fact there was a rather unusual exhibition on show around each and every corner when we were there. The Skipton Flock are 26 individually designed sheep statues which sit amongst the tourist attractions; some in places you wouldn't expect to find them. They are all numbered and have a humourous name/slogan attached to them. we picked up a leaflet in the Craven shopping centre which included a helpful map giving the location of each sheep. If you manage to find all 26 I would say you've pretty much see all there is to see in Skipton. We didn't have time to find all 26 but while admiring this beautiful town we found quite a few.

    Unfortunately the 'flock to Skipton' exhibitin runs from 21/8/10 - 14/11/10. It's such a shame that it isn't a permanent feature although the bright pink one in front of the Gatehouse of the Castle could do with being moved to the right a bit (See main pic of Castle tip)!!

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    Take a walk along the Victorian Promenade

    by Myfanwe Written Nov 9, 2010

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    The Skipton Springs canal runs alongside the back of the Castle. Here you'll find a great circular walk which was once a Victorian Promenade. It is a fantastic path with the canal on one side and a bubbling stream on the other. As you walk along you will get some great views of the rear of the Castle and the limestone Crag it rests upon. We only walked part of the way along the walk due to the inclement weather (it was raining hard)! but if you carry on around the path you will return via Chapel hill and Raikes Road where John Wesley gave a powerful sermon on the doorstep of what is not the Wright Wine Company.

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