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Skipton Tourist Information

Skipton is at the south-western end of the Yorkshire Dales and is not only a charming and attractive market town in its own right, but is also an excellent starting point for walking holidays where the backdrop is some of the most stunning landscapes in the country.

Skipton is known as "The Gateway to the Dales" but shouldn't just be passed through. The town has a stunning castle, dating back to 1090, and is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in England - it is still a family home and is also open to the public.


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Elsewhere in the town there's a busy shopping centre, a market held on four days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday),  two theatres, and the Craven Museum (Skipton is in Craven District, and Craven has nothing to do with cowardice - it comes from an old Cumbrian word meaning garlic as wild garlic used to be plentiful in the area).

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal runs through the middle of Skipton and is popular with tourists and locals for waterside walks and canal cruises.

Interesting fact: Thomas Spencer, co-founder of Marks & Spencer, was born in Skipton in 1858.

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Things to see and do in Skipton:

White Scar Cave, Ingleton

Skipton Castle

Skipton Woods

Mart Theatre, Skipton

Skipton Little Theatre

Craven Museum, Skipton

Pennine Boat Trips of Skipton

Embsay Steam Railway, Skipton

Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Skipton

Upper Wharfedale Museum, Grassington

Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley

Keighley Worth Valley Railway

Ilkley Moor

East Riddlesden Hall

Dales Visitor Centre, Grassington

Brönte Parsonage, Haworth

Saltaire Model Village

National Media Museum, Bradford

Bradford Industrial Museum

Bolton Abbey Estate, Wharfedale

Malham Cove & Tarn

Kilnsey Crag, Wharfedale

Settle Carlisle Railway

Ribblehead Viaduct

Three Peaks: Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside

Ingleborough Cave, Clapham

Stump Cross Caverns, Grassington

Hesketh Farm Park, Skipton