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Things to do in Skipton

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Use our guide to discover the best things to do in Skipton

From the magnificent medieval castle to walking along with the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, there are a number of great things to do in Skipton. 

The town of Skipton rests in the Craven district of North Yorkshire and is at one of the most northern points along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. One of the best things to do in Skipton is to watch the world go by as you relax on a cruiser taking you along this scenic canal.

Skipton Attractions

The iconic 30,000-acre estate of Bolton Abbey is a fantastic attraction in Skipton to visit. Moreover, Skipton Castle has been immaculately preserved since the 11th century and is a must thing to do and see in Skipton. To delve into the town’s history further, pay a visit to the Craven Museum & Gallery, which is the home of the Skipton Shakespeare First Folio.

Experience the award-winning market, running four days a week with a range of charming stalls. Or, attend the annual Skipton Sheep Day event in July. You can even stroll around the four-mile trail outlining Grimwith Reservoir to get your fix of the great outdoors.

Things to do near Skipton

The Yorkshire Dales area offers an amazing variety of charming towns and villages that are worth exploring. Experience the wonder and awe of Ingleton‘s waterfalls and caves. Get a taste of the literary history of Bronte County by exploring its renowned and rural areas. Other lovely days out await at Hawes, Ripon, Leyburn, Middleham, Sedbergh, and Pateley Bridge.

Discover even more great things to do in Skipton with our guide…

  • Bolton Abbey

    Bolton Abbey

    Bolton Abbey
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    Bolton Abbey is a 30,000-acre estate located on the banks of the River Wharfe, it takes its name from the ruins of the 12th century Augustinian Monastery found within its grounds that visitors can explore along with the 80 miles of footpaths.

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  • Hesketh Farm Park

    A fantastic family day out, Hesketh Farm Park is a working farm with over 1,000 livestock such as cattle, sheep and pigs, which offers a play area, straw maze and a chance for children to feed and stroke the animals.

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    Skipton Castle

    The medieval fortress was built in 1090 by Norman Baron Robert de Romille, and despite a turbulent history of wars and sieges, has been preserved for over 900 years.

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