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Skipton Castle

Skipton

Located at the top of the main street in Skipton, North Yorkshire, this complete, over-900-year-old medieval fortress is amongst the best of preserved castles in England.

Features

Events held throughout the year such as jousting, archery, historical re-enactments etc. Please visit website for further information

Educational School Visits and Youth Groups welcomed. Teachers Resource Packs available

Group Bookings

Facilities

All visitors are given a comprehensive tour sheet with 40 drawings and key feature descriptions (available in 9 languages)

Experienced Guides lead the way, giving interesting and important educational facts

Interactive Guided Tours for Primary and Secondary Groups

Castle Shop – selling souvenirs, books on the Castle’s history and gifts

Online Shop available for historic books etc.

The Clifford Tearooms is available for your refreshments.

Picnic spot in the Castle grounds, which has fabulous views over the Town and of Skipton Woods

Perfectly situated at the top of Skipton’s main street, it would be very hard to miss the Castle’s massive, stout twin towers. The Castle has an impressive and beautiful early Tudor Courtyard. On entering the Castle, facing the Gatehouse is the Castle Tower (formerly the Watchtower), which was the most important feature of the castle’s defences. Watch out for the Mason’s marks in the stonework within the Castle’s main entrance and Conduit Court. Initials or symbols were carved within these stone blocks to prove which stones had been dressed by them so they could be paid for their work.

Robert de Romille, a Norman Baron, had originally built a wooden fortress on this site (c1090) in protection from the Scots and in its day was perfect as a defence structure. The wooden fortress was replaced with the stone built Norman Castle that we witness today. The Castle was granted to the Clifford family in 1310 by Edward II, Robert Clifford was then appointed the First Lord of Skipton. The Castle became a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War and withstood a 3 year siege by the Roundheads (1642-45). In 1645 after the surrender Oliver Cromwell ordered the removal of the roofs. The Castle today is fully roofed and fully restored, which was organised by Lady Anne Clifford. Well worth a visit.

(As at June 2013) Adult £7, Children (5-17) £4.40, Children under 5 go free, Over 60’s + Students £6.30. Family ticket available (2 adults + 3 children over 5 years) £22.50. Guides available for pre-booked parties at no extra cost. Reduced rates for adult parties of 15 more. Please ring or visit website.

Open daily to the public from 10am (Sunday 12.00 Noon). Closed Christmas Day. Last admission 6pm (Oct – Feb 4pm winter closing time).

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