Skipton Travel Guide

  • Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
    Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
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  • Canal Boat Cruise
    Canal Boat Cruise
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  • Canal Boat Cruise
    Canal Boat Cruise
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Skipton Things to Do

  • Bolton Abbey

    On our way to Skipton we drove up a short side road to Bolton Abbey. I didn’t expect to see much except roofless walls but this Abbey still had part of the buildings intact and serving as a local church. The rest of the buildings had had the lead stripped off their roofs during the Reformation and nature took its course followed by quarrying of the...

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  • Skipton Castle

    The castle is one of the best-preserved 900-year old castles in England. It is both a tourist attraction and a private home. Robert de Romille, a Norman baron built the first castle here in 1090. It consisted of a wooden Motte and Bailey, which proved unable to withstand attacks from the Scots. To defend better against them a stone keep soon...

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  • HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

    CHURCH OF ENGLANDThe first church was built here was the early 1100’s and was made of wood. The Monks of Bolton Priory helped build another church in the 1300’s which was extended at the end of the 1400’s.During the English civil war the tower was damaged, it was restored in the 1650’s with help from Lady Anne Clifford who owned Skipton castle. The...

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  • Free Library

    Although I haven't ventured inside the library yet, it is one of Skiptons impressive 'solid looking' buildings. In 2010, the library celebrated it's centenaryREAD ALL ABOUT IT The Free Library houses a collection of books, that were collected by Sylvestor Petyt circa 1707, that formed a library in Skipton Parish Church, bearing his name. When he...

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  • Another Yorkshire Gold Post Box!

    To commemorate the gold medal winners of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games, Royal Mail painted a post box gold, in the winners home City/town/village. Winners were also featured on postage stamps This box in Skipton commemorates Danielle Brown’s Paralympic gold medal win in the Archery: Women’s Individual Compound.CLICK HERE For photos...

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  • Sheep Day

    Skipton holds an Annual Sheep Day Festival (In 2013 on Sunday 7th July). This event remembers the sheep market that was held for centuries,where the High Street stands today, after a charter was granted in 1204 for a weekly market to be held, . The High Street is closed to traffic, so that events such as Sheep Racing, Sheep herding, Sheep Shearing...

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  • Canal Boat Cruise

    After riding on the Steam Train we went back to Skipton and walked down to the Canal, Pennine Cruisers hire Canal boats out and also do all sorts of trips, one of which is a 30 minute cruise up the branch Canal under the Castle and back, only 1/2 a mile each way and an easy walk that we have done a couple of times but we decided to relax on a canal...

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  • Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

    Only 5 minutes by car from Skipton is the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, a great little Steam Railway that goes between Embsay station and a new station at Bolton Abbey traveling some really lovely Yorkshire Dales scenery, From Bolton Abbey you can walk the 1 1/2 miles to Bolton Abbey ruins, sit and have a drink or food at the cafe with its...

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  • Skipton Castle

    Possibly the best preserved castle in England - soon after 1090 Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, built a primitive fort here but its timber ramparts did little to stop rampaging Scots during their frequent raids into northern England. It was replaced with a more formidable stone castle which stood on top of a rocky bluff with rising ground to the...

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  • Canal cruises

    Pennine Crusiers operate from the Skipton canal basin and offer trips on the canal to Springs Branch on a 30 minute cruise - you get to see the castle from a different angle.The trip costs £3.00 per person (2013) and is a wonderful journey - you set off from the canal basin and then travel at the back of the shops in the High Street on one side and...

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  • Visit the Town Hall

    Skipton Town Hall is an impressive Grade 11 listed building, dating from 1862.It houses the Tourist Information Office, The Craven Museum, and many events such as concerts (One of my favourite groups Limehouse Lizzy, had played there the night before -Hmm, if only I'd have known), Record Fairs, Zumba classes, blood doning sessions etc etc During...

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  • Skipton Woods

    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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Skipton Hotels

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Skipton Restaurants

  • Exclusive dining in a fine hotel

    Situated on the Duke of Devonshire's 30,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales, The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel . The refined Burlington Restaurant with a Michelin Star and 4 AA rosettes is the highest rated in Yorkshire.We only had afternoon tea with biscuits but even this was a wonderful experience and presentation is...

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  • Well known coffee chain

    Well, I'm not usually a fan of these types of International coffee chains, but as our gang were in there and I was ready for a drink and sit down, I didn't need much persuading.Apparently Craven District Council weren't too pleased when they opened here in 2011 READ ALL ABOUT IT But, in July 2012, CDC's appeal was overruled READ ALL ABOUT IT Well,...

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  • Oldest Pub

    The Red Lion is the oldest coaching Inn in Skipton, there is a Date stone above the large fireplace of 1681. It is now a Green King, Flame Grill pub and is a great place to call in for a drink and/or food. There are some lovely features like the Fire Places and the great oak beams.The book Skipton 2000 - The Millennium Walk by Ian Lockwood states...

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  • Pork Pies!

    Although closed when we visited the first time I thought that this place looks like it could be well worth a special visit! On a later visit it was Open and i was right, It is certainly worth a visit. It sells what will probably be some of the best Pork Pies you will ever taste!

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  • Tea Lovers will be spoilt for choice!

    At the end of last years Sheep Day meet, Alyson and Emma mentioned that they'd been to a Russian Tea Room, where tea had been served from a samovar and there were over a hundred types of tea to chose from !!! I Well, I had to wait a whole year to visit this place, but it was worth waiting for! As the sun was beating down on Skipton High Street, it...

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  • LIGHT MEALS/SNACKS WITH FLARE

    A VERY GOOD RANGE OF COFFEES.A CHOICE OF MEALS THAT OFFERS YOU A DIFFERENT TASTE FOR LUNCH OR TEA.A VERY NICE FEEL TO THE CAFE. A SALMON AND CREAM CHEESE BAGEL,AND VERY FRESH.

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Skipton Nightlife

  • TRADITIONAL PUB

    The Black Horse is a traditional pub on Skipton high street. It has a restaurant and a canal side patio.The pub attracts a young crowd in the evening but when I went in it was just usual daytime punters SMART CASUAL

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  • Lovely Pub

    After exploring the Castle i had to drag Vicki around the canal side path to look at the back of the castle, we saw this pub on the way to the canal and as when we on the side of the canal it started to rain really hard, I was all ready to carry on looking around and getting wet but Vicki dragged me into this pub and forced a pint of lager into my...

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  • Daytime retreat

    This is a nice cosy little pub situated right next door to the Church. We called in here for a drink and a chance to shelter from the Great British Weather (it was raining cats and dogs)! They do not serve food here but I did notice an old singer sewing machine in the corner so maybe the allow you to repair your clothes while you quench your...

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Skipton Transportation

  • North West Round Robin

    A special rail ticket available from Skipton station - available for travel from 08.45 and unlimited travel in an area - Skipton - Carlisle - Penrith - Preston - Halifax - Leeds - plus Long Preston - Carnforth - Lancaster.1 day is £35, with a railcard £23.10 and children £17.50.

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  • North East Round Robin

    Another special rail ticket that includes Skipton in its area - this rover ticket gives unlimited travel in a area bounded by Carlisle - Newcastle - York - Garforth - Leeds - plus York - Harrogate - Leeds. From 08.45 and cannot be used on Grand Central trains.2013 cost is £39, with a railcard £25.75 and children £19.50.

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  • Cumbria Day Ranger

    If you would like to explore the area by train this ticket gives unlimited travel for one day. The area covered is Carlisle - Settle - Skipton - Carnforth and the Irish Sea coast plus Dumfries - Lockerbie - Haltwhistle - Carlisle - Carnforth - Heysham/ Preston.2013 prices are adult £44, with a railcard £29 and children £22.

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Skipton Shopping

  • RUSSIAN TEA ROOMS ARE NOW CLOSED

    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,.CLOSED DOWN WELL TEAS IS THE THING,BUT THE LARGE RANGE OF GOODS ON SALE IS VERY GOODCLOSED DOWN. FROM A COUPLE...

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  • THE FAMOUS PORK PIE SHOP

    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. ANY PRODUCT THAT TAKES YOUR FANCY,IT ALL GOOD HOME MADE LOCAL PRODUCE. THAT DEPENDS...

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  • Oh yeah!

    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...

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Skipton Local Customs

  • Tourist information Centre

    Skipton's tourist information centre is based in the Town Hall, which is located on High Street.As you walk into the Town Hall, it's on your left.This information centre really does offer a wealth of information. There are public transport timetables, suggested places to camp, go for walks, and a lot of information on places to visiting in Skipton...

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  • Sheep Day

    Sheep Day takes part just once a year in the mid summer on a Sunday. In 2012 it was on July 1. It was unfortunate that the weather was mainly dull in 2012 and showers spoilt the day but nevertheless this is a good fun day that centres on the High Street and where you can see traditional crafts such as spinning and carding, dry stone walling,...

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  • Sir Mathew Wilson Baronet

    Was an English landowner and politician who sat in the house of commons various times between 1842 and 1846.He became a J.P.at the age of 22 and became the longest serving magistrate in Skipton's history at the time of his death aged 88.He married,June Louisa Emerson Amcotts,only daughter of Sir Wharton Emerson Amcotts of Kettlethorpe...

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Skipton Warnings and Dangers

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    by nickandchris Written Oct 30, 2007

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    I was horrified to see the cost of a visit to the public toilet in Skipton. I'm not sure if it's the same throughout Skipton, but in the carpark behind the town hall (where we had already paid a considerable sum to park) the going rate was an astounding 20p!! We were rendered speechless!!! Whatever happened to the good old penny or better still, free?

    Needless to say, the tight beggars we are, we used our own facilities in the motorhome. 20p indeed......

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  • Culture and beer!

    Yes, I do agree about the local museum in the Town Hall just down from the Castle. They were still doing the count for the General Election when we popped in to visit the museum!The Castle was absolutely great as well. In fact, it is difficult to find anything negative to say about Skipton. The markets were wonderful as well giving the High Street...

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  • Narrow canal boats

    Take a walk along the canal and look at the colourful and typical English canal boats moored up or just passing by.

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Train to Skipton
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VIEWS OF SKIPTONS FINE CASTLE
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GOOD BEER HERE
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THE SPRINGS BRANCH CANAL
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The Town Hall
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The farmers market
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Sheep show
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Sheep Day
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Nice atmosphere
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Great fish & chips - and mushies!
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Craven Museum and Gallery
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Tourist Information
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Skipton Farmers' Market
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Great fish & chips!
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In nearby Addingham
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Fish and chips near the canal
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CREATIVITY AND COFFEE
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WAR MEMORIAL
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TOWN HALL
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A BRITISH TRADITION
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LORD THANET'S CANAL
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CANAL BASIN
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LEEDS LIVERPOOL CANAL
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TAKE AWAY
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EAT IN OR TAKE AWAY
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AUTHENTIC RUSSIAN
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CAVENDISH STREET CAR PARK
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COACH STREET CAR PARK
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WALLER HILL CAR PARK
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TOWN CENTRE CAR PARK
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Bolton Abbey nature trails
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Bolton Abbey Priory Church
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Explore the ruins of Bolton Abbey
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