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Tel code: 01756 | code search
Postcode: BD23 | code search
Population: 14500
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Birthplace of:
Henry Sidgwick
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Folk Customs:
Bainbridge Horn Ceremony
Goathland Plough Stots
Ripon Hornblower
Scarborough Skipping Day

Skipton Events

Skiptons Waterway Festival

Grassington Festival

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Summer Saturnalia

Moor Music Festival
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Star Taxis
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Abbots Harbour
"Found this little gem tucked away down a lane at the side of the Cross Keys pub on the way home from scarborough, after a short break. Good food,good service, ..." More

Abbots Harbour
"We can't praise 'Abbot's Harbour' enough! The setting is idyllic,the food is always fabulous; beautifully cooked and freshly prepared. They do the best pies I have ever tasted with pastry ..." More

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"The church of the Holy Trinity is a special place to spend a quiet moment to reflect. Its splendid architecture is a marvellous sight to see, and I never tire ..." More

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Abbotts Harbour - the best home cooked food around. ...More

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Latest reviews | Events in Skipton | 10 Places to Stay

Skipton is often referred to as the gateway to the Dales, with justification. The town is a sizeable one, with a population of some 14,313 at the last census, and has the facilities and amenities that come with that size. There are some excellent shopping and eating places available – the centre is a busy place, with markets four days a week (the first market charter here was granted by King John in 1204), and the waterfront to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal another spot that offers urban comforts and some pretty locations. Geographically Skipton can provide a base for two types of tourism: it is within easy striking distance of Bradford, Leeds and Harrogate, with all of their attractions; and it has the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the north, with Bolton Abbey just a few miles to the east, Malham Cove to the north, and any number of other villages and beauty spots waiting to be discovered. But the town itself has plenty to offer the visitor who prefers the idea of a stroll around town to venturing further afield. Not to be missed is Skipton Castle, built in Norman times to dominate the Aire Valley. The castle is well preserved and open for those who want to get a glimpse of the medieval world, though it was in fact largely rebuilt after the siege of 1643 to 1645, which is well documented for visitors. Impressive historically, the castle is also impressive architecturally and aesthetically, its two enormous round towers seen in many a calendar of British sights. The town has some old coaching inns and plenty of characterful stone structures, and its little ginnels (alleys) draw the eye and fire the imagination. These days the big employer is Skipton’s eponymous building society, but there are still signs of the sheep trade that gave the town its name (Skipton is a corruption of Schap-ton, or sheep-farmstead). When the canal was built in the 1770s Skipton grew in importance as a textile centre, but those days are long gone. Above the town there is the village of Embsay, which is the starting point for the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, a good way of seeing some of the local countryside without the need for driving, and Bolton Abbey is a place that definitely merits a journey, though there are a multitude of competing attractions in the district.


Craven Financial Services
Robertshaw & Myers
Windall & Bowker Ltd


Bolton Abbey
Broughton Hall
Craven Museum
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Parcevall Hall Gardens
Pennine Boat Trips of Skipton
Skipton Castle
Upper Wharfedale Museum
Yorkshire Dales National Park


Premier Inn Skipton North (Gargrave) *book online*
Travelodge Skipton *book online*


Gordale Scar
Howgill Lodge

Caravan Park

Tarn House Caravan Park

Care Home

Gills Top
The Dales Care Home

Thornton Hill
Threshfield Court


Plaza Cinema


Dance - Perrys Dancing




Craven District Council


Belle Vue Dental Practice
Dental Surgery

Estate Agent

Halifax Property Services
Harrison Boothman
Pye James & Son
Wilman & Lodge

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Golf Club

Skipton Golf Club

Holiday Park

Hawkswick Cote Park


Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel & Spa
Gamekeeper's Inn
Plough Inn (The)
The Royal Oak


Re Use It Car Boot

Skipton Market

Performing Arts

Northern Academy of Performing Arts

Pub and Bar

Cock & Bottle
Cross Keys Inn
Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel & Spa
Dog & Partridge
Fleece Inn
George Inn
Maypole Inn
Swan Inn
Woolly Sheep Inn


Abbots Harbour
Coniston Hall Lodge
Coniston Hotel
Cross Keys Inn
Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel & Spa
Devonshire Fell Hotel

George Inn
La Piazza
Napier's Restaurant with Rooms
Nosh Brasserie @ 25
Number Forty Seven
River House Hotel
Sam Houston's
Swan Inn
Thai House
The Burlington
Waterside (The)


12 Hall Croft
Fernside Cottage


Armstrong Luty
Savage Crangle


Crown Taxis
Skipton & Craven Taxis
Star Taxis
Station Taxis

Station Taxis


Coniston Hall Lodge
Devonshire Fell Hotel
Priests House
River House Hotel
Skipton Castle



Sports Clubs

Adam Cox Tennis School (Tennis)
Craven LTC (Tennis)
Craven Sailing Club (Sailing)


Drake & Macefield
Alley Books
Just Books
Poppy Fields
Town End Farm
Twin Locks Garden Centre
Urban Garden Cente Ltd
Dorothy Perkins
Gargrave Pharmacy

Oculus Opticians Ltd
Helen Midgley
Robert Bunney
Mountain Warehouse
Dreamers of Skipton
Shaw Galleries
The Cottage Gallery
Gary Blissett Fine Art
P.J.K Art
Woodware Art Gallery
Yorkshire Crafts
Namaste UK Ltd
The Organix Experience
Edinburgh Woollen Mill
62-64 High Street
House of Fraser
Paganum Produce
Rugged Ways


R N Myers & Sons
Pinfold Antiques
Skipton Antique & Collectors' Centre


Pennine Cruisers Ltd(Boat Trips and Cruises)
Yorkshire Dales Trekking Centre(Riding)

Places to Stay near Skipton

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Chinthurst (0.11 miles)


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A superb late Victorian building, renovated to a very high standard and furnished in an Edwardian style. Set amidst its own beautiful gardens, with plenty of on-site parking, all this ... More

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Boutique25 (0.15 miles)


Welcome to Boutique 25 - Skipton's first contemporary boutique hotel offering exclusive, stylish and luxurious town centre accommodation. Individually designed and contemporary in style, we offer six boutique bedrooms. Each with luxurious features such ... More | visit website

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Napier's Restaurant with Rooms (0.20 miles)


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Napier's was established in1995 by Ian & julia Ackroyd & is still family owned & run. Our fine bed and breakfast accommodation and renowned restaurant make's Napier's an excellent choice ... More

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The Royal Oak (0.26 miles)

The Royal Oak

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At the foot of the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales

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Highfield House (0.50 miles)

Highfield House
Highfield is a lovely town Guest House. This Victorian property offers eight en suite rooms all with television, central heating and double glazing. We also provide a complimentary welcome tray and free wifi is available. ... More | visit website

12 Hall Croft (0.51 miles)

12 Hall Croft

A splendid, three-storey townhouse in a quiet cul-de-sac a few minutes walk from the centre of pretty Skipton, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. An inviting alternative to more traditional Yorkshire cottages, the accommodation is ... More

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Herriots Hotel (0.63 miles)

Herriots Hotel

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Herriots Hotel in Skipton, situated at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. We provide a unique oasis that combines ambience, location and service for those looking for high standards.
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Travelodge Skipton (1.13 miles)

Travelodge Skipton

Located on the A65/A59 this provides easy access to Bradford, Leeds. Harrogate and the Lake District. This Travelodge provides contemporary quality accommodation. Spacious en-suite rooms, television in every room, tea and coffee making facilities, free ... More | visit website

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Rendezvous Hotel and Leisure (1.25 miles)

Rendezvous Hotel and Leisure
You will find this hotel just on the outskirts of Skipton, a traditional market town in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Dine in the canalside Baby Swan restaurant where a stream of activity keeps you entertained ... More | visit website
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Tarnhouse Hotel (1.43 miles)

Tarnhouse Hotel
Tarn House is beautifully positioned amid the wonderful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales just one mile from Skipton. A leafy driveway guides you up a slight hill to the recently restored 17th Century Country Inn.
Tarn ... More | visit website

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