Skipton Castle, Skipton

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See one of England's most complete and best-preserved medieval castles. Explore every corner of this more than 900-year-old castle, which even withstood a three-year siege during the 17th-century Civil War. A comprehensive tour sheet (available in nine languages) contains 40 drawings and descriptions of castle features. View the banquet hall, kitchen, the bed chamber, and even the privy. Imagine what life was like when Skipton Castle provided protection and security from invaders as you climb your way up from the depths of the dungeon to the top story of the watch tower. Pay attention to the masons' marks in the castle’s stones, left for proof of work and later payment. Afterward, relax in the picnic area or tearoom. Use our Skipton trip planner to add Skipton Castle and other attractions to your Skipton vacation plans.
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  • Lovely castle and grounds to explore. Passageways can be narrow and steps uneven so it's not suitable for people with limited mobility. The rooms are all empty, apart from a sign to explain the origin...  more »
  • Excellent day out. Guides very helpful and knowledgeable. The castle itself not the ruin i expected. Lots of rooms and things to see. Can go round at your leisure with map provided at the main entranc...  more »
  • As a fan of history I've been to a lot of castles in my time. This one is definitely in the top 5. It's remarkably intact and full of history. The staff are friendly and knowledgable and there's good ...  more »
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  • We spent an enjoyable couple of hours going around the castle whilst visiting Skipton. It's about £25 for a family top enter. It's a very well kept castle with plenty still intact to walk around. There are some good views the higher up you go. There's a cafe and gift shop on site with plenty of seating. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. There is no parking by the castle, but Skipton has plenty of pay and display car parks a small walk away.
  • Really enjoyed exploring the nooks & crannies in this beautifully preserved castle. Not too expensive & you are given a plan to follow ensuring that you don't miss anything. Very informative staff on arrival.
  • Extremely well preserves British castle. Unique Civil War history. Public access to a large part of the building, but parts of it are private - this castle is still a home too.
  • Nice. Quite expensive to visit. Interesting place. Probably better with guided tour. Watched little children going round in groups and being very excited by the experience.
  • Historic. Authentic and accessible. This is one from childhood school trips and one for the adults too. If it's quiet and you apply some imagination you could feel like you're back in medieval times. Great place to visit

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