Skipton is a market town in North Yorkshire, combining its history, innovation and green parkland, it’s perfect for a long weekend to go exploring. Recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, there’s enough history to keep you busy whilst you wander around. If you’re deciding what to do to fill your time whilst in Skipton, check out our top list below, we cover a range of activities for everyone to enjoy from children through to the grandparents. So have a read and start planning your itinerary to include these top things to do in Skipton, UK.
1. Re-live history at Skipton Castle
This fantastic Medieval castle is a ‘must-do’ for any trip to Skipton. We recommend spending an afternoon discovering the many rooms and exploring the events taking place around the castle whilst imagining the past. At the point of entry you are given a tour sheet so that you can learn more about the interesting history of Skipton Castle. After all of that wandering around playing Kings and Queens, be sure to stop by the cafe to enjoy a nice coffee.
Address: The Bailey, Skipton BD23 1AW, UK
Price: 8.10 GBP (10.50 USD)
Opening Times: Everyday 10am - 5pm (11am on Sundays)
Website: Skipton Castle
2. Take a stroll through Parcevall Hall Gardens
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Thirty minutes drive from Skipton is this glorious 24 acre (9.7 hectare) park in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, known for its outstanding natural beauty. The gardens were created in 1927 by Sir William Milner and are now cared for by the Historic Houses Association. Please note that although on site, Pecevall Hall itself is no longer open for visitors as it is used as a conference centre, but there is still plenty to do in Parcevall Hall Gardens as you stroll amongst some of the finest examples of trees and shrubs collected from Western China and the Himalayas.
Parcevall Hall Gardens
Address: Skyreholme, Near Appletreewick, Yorkshire, BD23 6DE, UK
Price: 7 GBP (9 USD)
Opening Times: Open daily from 1st April until 31st October between 10am-6pm
Website: Parcevall Hall Gardens
3. Rummage for a bargain at Skipton Market
This award winning outdoor market is unique in that there are no fixed stalls. Traders wake up early and set up each day in order to have the market ready for 9.30am. The market itself dates back to the Medieval times and this history is still in place today by the current owner of Skipton Castle, granting the market four days a week in which it can take place, much as King John granted consent to ‘The Lord of the Honour’ of Skipton Castle to hold a fair on Skipton High Street.
Address: Skipton High Street, Skipton, BD23 1AH, UK
Opening Times: Open Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 9.30 - 4.30pm
Website: Skipton Market
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4. Get up close and personal with baby Llamas at Kilnsey Park
Twenty minutes drive from Skipton is this fantastic family visitor attraction that will keep you and the children entertained for hours. The family center has tonnes of activities to get involved in and numerous events every month, so we definitely recommend checking online to see what will be happening during your trip to Skipton. Activities could include: nature trail walking, fishing, pony riding, animal petting and even trying to find the UK’s rarest orchid!
Address: B6160, Kilnsey, Skipton BD23 5PS, UK
Price: On average 5-7 GBP (6-9 USD) per activity
Website: Kilnsey Park
5. Hit the shops at Craven Court Shopping Centre
Historically this building was a 16th-century theatre in the heart of Skipton. Nowadays, the drama may be gone but the excitement is still there with 28 shops to peruse. So whether you want to pick up something quick to wear or are looking for a special occasion piece, we’re sure that you’ll find something at Craven Court. Wandering around the shopping centre you can still see the remains of the original stone walls in which many of the shops are now housed, it’s like a village shopping centre!
Craven Court Shopping Centre
Address: High St, Skipton BD23 1DG, UK
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 8.00am-6.00pm, Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm
Website: Craven Court Shopping Centre
6. Brush up on your history at the Craven Museum
This impressive museum has displays on social history, archaeology, costume and art. The museum is also the home of the Skipton Shakespeare First Folio, one of only four First Folios on permanent display in the world. It is easy to get lost in this museum and spend a few hours looking at all of the artifacts on display; there is such a broad range to choose from, there is something to interest everyone here.
Address: High St, Skipton BD23 1AH, UK
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 10.00am – 4.00pm
Website: Craven Museum
7. Wine tasting (and buying) at the Wright Wine Company
Want a nice bottle of wine to enjoy as you watch sunset over Skipton? Well, head over to this “tardis-like” secret shop that has a huge selection. Many of the wines are available to taste and this is one of the hidden gems of Skipton, as it can be quite difficult to find; so make sure that you note down the address and take your map-app with you! The staff here are extremely knowledgeable and will be happy to advise you both about the wine tasting and the buying. Note to whisky lovers; yes they have it, yes you can test it, yes it’s great!
Wright Wine Company
Address: The Old Smithy, Raikes Rd, Skipton BD23 1NP, UK
Website: Wright Wine Company
8. High Corn Mill
Located on the Leeds-Liverpool canal, this historic mill building has now been fully renovated and is currently home to a selection of local businesses. In addition to the building itself, the waterwheel has been restored and a brand new water turbine generator has also been installed. Mill’s Historical Innovation Zone is where visitors can learn more about how the mill provides power, via the National Grid for up to 20 local buildings.
High Corn Mill
Address: High Corn Mill, Chapel Hill, Skipton BD23 1NL, UK
Opening Times: Open during office hours
Website: High Corn Mill
9. Get involved at Coffee and Clay
Get your hands dirty in this great coffee shop where you can make your own pottery at the same time! There are over 150 items to make, and all prices include paint, glazing and firing in the kiln and then just 7 days later, you can pick it up or be sent the item in the post if you are a tourist. This is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages!
Coffee and Clay
Address: 14 High St, Skipton BD23 1JZ, UK
Opening Times: Open every day 9.30am - 4.15pm, Sunday 10.30 - 4.15pm
Website: Coffee and Clay
10. See a show at The Mart Theatre
Going to the theatre is always a special treat and you won’t be disappointed with a trip to The Mart Theatre in Skipton. There is a wide range of shows from tribute acts to plays, live showings to discussion nights. Prices vary so check online for the latest shows and availability.
The Mart Theatre
Address: Skipton Auction Mart, Ling Fields, Gargrave Rd, Skipton, BD23 1UD, UK
Website: The Mart Theatre
11. Find art at Mill Bridge Gallery
Pop along to this 17th-century gallery and canal-side garden to relax and enjoy some fine art with a focus on traditional and contemporary photography pieces, and sculptures from more than 30 artists. A great way to spend a lunchtime walking around the gallery.
Mill Bridge Gallery
Address: 3 Mill Bridge, Skipton, BD23 1NJ, UK
Price: Free entry
Opening Times: Thurs 11am – 4pm, Fri – Sat 11am – 5pm. Other times by appointment
Website: Mill Bridge Gallery
Skip through time in Skipton
We’ve given just a slice of activities that you can take in whilst visiting Skipton. With so much history on your doorstep and many upcoming new venues, you’ll be able to step from the medieval period all the way through to contemporary life over just a few short days. So, grab you’re favorite time traveling partner, pack a light lunch, select from our list your chosen activities and get ready for your Skipton adventure.
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