Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle: Hours, Address, Skipton Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Skipton Castle
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where better to experience almost a thousand years of British history than by visiting Skipton Castle. Open all year round, tours are popular with visitors who come from far and wide to explore what some consider to be, a castle jewel of the North. Overlooking an intriguing market town, this remarkable 900 year old fortress is one of the best preserved and most complete medieval castles in England. The history is inseparable from the Clifford family. During the Civil War, Skipton Castle was the last Royalist bastion in the North, yielding only after a three-year siege in 1645. ‘Slighted’ under the orders of Cromwell, the Castle was skilfully restored years later by the indubitable matriarch and egalitarian, Lady Anne Clifford (1589-1676) who was born here. Today the dedicated team at Skipton Castle follow in her footsteps in its preservation. It is the focal point at the top of the High Street, so after a visit, it is fun and easy to take a stroll around the lovely shops, old mark
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Lorraine S
Newport Pagnell, UK85 contributions
Oct 2021
For less than £20 for two adults we enjoyed a full day's secure parking in Skipton, a mooch around the castle, and a walk in Skipton Castle Woods, all really enjoyable; and excellent value for money.

My only gripe about the self-tour of the castle is we got caught between 2-3 school tours, and found some rooms, like the dungeons, difficult to visit because the children were in the room being told all about it. We had to walk through the library mid-talk on one group, as it was the only way to progress on the tour.

The woods were my favourite bit, our walk under an autumn canopy, with the sun shining through was amazing. And the falls are just beautiful. You can walk through the woods without castle admission.

Make sure you book online to avoid disappointment.

The car parking really is excellent, with a very helpful, friendly man on the gate!
Written October 12, 2021
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Lancashire, UK731 contributions
Sep 2020
We decided to use the Sunday morning of our holiday to take a stroll around Skipton Castle.

Pre-Booking your visit is essential as you are required to visit during a timed slot. You can also purchase a guidebook in advance alongside your ticket.

On arrival, you are greeted by a member of the castle's staff in protective gear who explains the current measures including regular sanitiser stations and adhering to the one way system. You are also given a sheet to self guide around the castle. However, due to the route being employed at present, the sheet to self guide does not follow that route so it can be a little confusing, so you do need to pay attention to the actual route at present rather than what the sheet directs you to follow.

The information on the route sheet alongside the boards around the castle provides context and background of the individual rooms alongside the history of the Clifford family and how they contributed to the history of Skipton and England.

Within the castle grounds there is also the Chapel of St John The Evangelist which also worth taking a look at.

When we visited, the Tea Shop within the grounds was closed. However, refreshments are available in the Gift Shop where you can also buy gifts for family members of all ages. There was restricted entry of two people being able to enter the shop at any one time.

As with everything at present, Skipton Castle tries to provide a snapshot into history under difficult circumstances. The customer service provided during our visit was excellent throughout and it was great to support this important part of Skipton's history in return.
Written September 28, 2020
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Derby, UK3 contributions
Nov 2021
We visited on Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. The online booking procedure was clear and we availed ourselves of the castle parking at £2.50 for the afternoon. The self-guided tour was something that we prefer and the outline of the castle and where you could view was very helpful. This was given to us at the entrance. We started with tea and scone at the castle tea room and this was very good.
We had little knowledge about Skipton Castle but it warrants its description of an outstanding Grade 1 listed medieval castle. The renovation work over years is outstanding. You can sense the power and purpose of the building and able to see so many rooms gave a sense of the scale.

Well worth 1.5 hours plus there are walk opportunities in the grounds.
Written November 11, 2021
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11 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Ample car parking with charge of £4.50 all day only option if you arrive in the morning. We were invited by the lady receiving at the gate to book on line ( no mention of booking charge) but she said she could take the money at the desk if it was easier. Tickets are £9.25 each for adults and the guide book was £3.90. The guide book is well illustrated but rather light on historical background. The exterior of castle is visually impressive as an intact fortress with immaculately mown lawns but little in the way of gardens. Inside the castle there are a series of bare , mainly small rooms with small plaques stating name of room. No guides on hand to provide any further information or colour. One way system in place, many steps. Tea room was in line with other historic locations. Adequate seating inside and out. The shop was rather limited. We walked in to town for a look around the market where there is a good number and variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Written September 8, 2021
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United Kingdom96 contributions
Oct 2021
A very nice and interesting place to see. Please note, there are some steps and staircases to contend with within the castle, so if you are unsteady on your feet you may need assistance. This was pointed out to us by the lady at the entrance so you are made aware of this before entering. The rooms within the castle are for the most part empty and not filled with artefacts so that is something to bear in mind. However, there are lots of signs with information on the walls telling about the life of those who lived during the medieval times. I would say an hour to an hour and a half is enough time for a good look around. Perhaps the owners can look at allowing carers in for free or a discounted rate, rather than the full charge. Finally, there is a very nice cafe onsite which is really good value and has delicious cake and drinks to finish off your visit.
Written October 9, 2021
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1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
We took our 5 & 6 year old and they really enjoyed exploring the castle and learning about all the rooms from the information boards inside. We didn’t go in the cafe but the Gentleman on the front entrance was very friendly helpful and polite - the children also liked that they got a souvenir badge to wear. I was surprised at the cost as I thought that it was reasonably priced and would have been more when compared to other attractions in the area.
Written July 26, 2021
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Hawkshaw, UK200 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
The previous week we’d visited Skipton to walk the canal after watching a tv programme about the Leeds Liverpool canal which highlighted the castle. We were lucky to have stunning weather both days so after booking on line for the castle and car park on the day (easy to manage) we enjoyed the cafe first which served delicious soup. It had only just reopened so that was fortuitous. Remember to bring a face mask too.
We used the information sheet as our guide but there is extra information on the wall of each room. I loved the way the central space had an enormous old tree. The castle have beautifully maintained grounds. We praised the gardener who knows his lawns but not the history except that the top layer of the towers was removed years ago and placed on the ground and though covered over, still show through slightly when the ground is particularly dry.
The views down to the water - a river and old canal from high up in the castle showed a walkway which we had done in the trees at the back of the castle and is worth doing too.
Skipton has become a favourite place for us now.
Written September 25, 2020
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gillian t
N E Lincs83 contributions
Dec 2021
We visited Skipton castle on a very cold, wet Saturday and enjoyed our self guided tour as much as was possible due to the circumstances. As we are enthusiasts of castles and so know a little history and the blue plaques on the wall gave adequate information. The castle is well signposted and the gentleman at the entrance gave clear and helpful instruction. Our information sheet was sadly no use at all as it became sodden within 10mins of our walking around in the rain.
However, as a previous reviewer stated, I think the wonderfully preserved and important castle needs some serious input to celebrate its place in history and to allow visitors to recognise this. In this technological age a little progress would be a good thing to bring its history to life and leave a mark on the next generation.
As we walked around we noticed a group of 3 foreign tourist, only one of which spoke/read a little English. It seemed that they would have welcomed some help with their visit .
Written December 6, 2021
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK5,860 contributions
Sep 2021
You would not believe that Skipton Castle, at some 900 years old, is a medieval castle because it is so well preserved. Staffed by friendly volunteers and I would especially commend the gentleman on the gate. We arrived for our pre-booked slot in the middle of a heavy downpour (as you can see from the photograph of the water pouring off one of the roofs) who found us an umbrella to shield us on the way to the entrance to rooms open to the public. We arrived in the late afternoon and we were virtually the only people in the castle so we had it, more or less, to ourselves. On arrival you are given a sheet showing how to progress round the rooms and giving information about what the rooms were used for. In addition to that sheet, there are also information boards in each room. One thing to watch, however, is the stairs. Being so old, they are worn and uneven and care should be taken when ascending or descending.
Written October 2, 2021
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Debbie J
Southport5 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
It was lovely
So clean and well maintained. Very well described by the plaques on the walls in each room. Each room was clearly described and most interesting. I would not recommend taking a dog, although they are allowed, there are some steep stairs, would hate it if my dog decided to go toilet in such a well looked after building.
It is a credit to all who maintain it and run it. The grounds are small but well kept. Dont forget to go for a walk in Skipton woods afterwards. Sone lovely touches in the woods.
Written September 30, 2021
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