Skipton and Skipton Castle

By Joanne Rowe | Blog

Feb 17

Skipton is a beautiful market town in North Yorkshire, and is about a 30 minute drive from Coldwell Activity Centre . Many of our groups pay a visit to Skipton with it being so close by so perfect for large walking groups as we have extensive accomodation.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays there is a large bustling market lining both sides of the high street, selling a wide variety of goods. The shops are a mixture of high street and independent, with alleyways leading to further shops, art galleries and cafes. The famous ‘Bizzie Lizzies’ fish and chip shop has two restaurants, one on each side of town, and these also have a takeaway. If you fancy a canal trip there are barges which offer trips out, or you can sit at one of the canal-side cafes and watch them pass by.

Skipton Castle is a medieval castle in SkiptonNorth YorkshireEngland. It was built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, and has been preserved for over 900 years.

There are also activities for children, an image library and details of visiting Skipton Castle Woods located behind the castle.

skipton castle


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

Dogs are allowed within the Castle and grounds but must be kept on a lead.

There is a shop within the castle grounds selling souvenirs and refreshments. The shop specialises in books relating to the castle’s history and also has an attractive choice of prints, cards, souvenirs and gifts.

The Clifford tearooms have built their reputation on carefully chosen teas and coffees and home made products all served with a smile.

Picnic Area
There is a beautifully secluded picnic area in the grounds with views over the town and Skipton Woods


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