Skipton Tourist Information

Skipton Canal Basin on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal

Skipton Canal Basin on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal

Skipton is a bustling market town and major southern gateway into the Yorkshire Dales. The town is famed for its acclaimed local produce, farmers’ markets and pretty craft and independent shops lining the award-winning High Street.  Yorkshire local produce features strongly in this historic market town alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal. The town hosts four full market days each week! Skipton Castle is one of Britain’s most complete medieval castles and local attractions include top family day out Bolton Abbey and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. See Shakespeare’s First Folio of complete works on permanent display in the town’s Craven Museum & Gallery.

Skipton Castle Grounds

Skipton Castle Grounds

Take a tour of Skipton Castle with its vast twin tower entrance to one of Britain’s finest and most intact Medieval Castles. Numerous events and activities take place here throughout the year, with weddings and conference facilities also available. Beautiful family friendly Castle Woods Walks are accessible from the town centre and a choice of canal boat companies offer day boat trips and hire.

Head out to nearby Bolton Abbey with its 12th Century abbey ruins, famous stepping stones across the stream and acres of grounds with riverside and woodland trails. For a real family friendly Yorkshire Dales holiday base, book Skipton accommodation online now! Why not visit during one of the market town’s many festivals and events featuring everything from Waterways Festivals to Beer Festivals.

Where to Stay

Whether you’re narrowboat cruising along the Leeds Liverpool Canal or looking for a great Yorkshire Dales walking holiday, Skipton B&Bs, award-winning real ale inns with rooms and holiday cottages are the ideal base. The Cravendale countryside around Skipton also offers luxury country house hotels, beautifully converted historic cottages, farm bed and breakfast accommodation and heritage inns with rooms serving up fine Yorkshire real ales.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.