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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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  • Easy to get round, friendly staff, and lots of information in each "room". Missed out on the views as it was quite foggy when we visited - all the more reason to make a return visit! 
    Easy to get round, friendly staff, and lots of information in each "room". Missed out on the views as it was quite foggy when we visited - all the more reason to make a return visit!  more »
  • Excellent place to visit. Staff very welcoming, tea room is worth a call for tea and a sticky bun. Plenty of information boards to read , or a guided tour. Plenty of history to look into. Car... 
    Excellent place to visit. Staff very welcoming, tea room is worth a call for tea and a sticky bun. Plenty of information boards to read , or a guided tour. Plenty of history to look into. Car...  more »
  • Such a lovely little castle in the centre of Skipton. We visited on a wet Saturday in October before sauntering down the market. The staff were welcoming and helpful and the explanations in each of... 
    Such a lovely little castle in the centre of Skipton. We visited on a wet Saturday in October before sauntering down the market. The staff were welcoming and helpful and the explanations in each of...  more »
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  • Lovely weekday visit with my son to Skipton castle. No queue either. The Castle is beautifully preserved and kept. It doesn't have any furniture in or wall decoration which is a shame, but still gives a feel of what it felt like as a medieval home. Wrap up warm. It's bitterly cold! The fireplaces are massive but no heating anywhere indoors. If u treat it like an outdoor attraction you won't be uncomfortable. The castle has information plaques plus you get an information leaflet explaining the way round too. Great car park, nothing about this visit is cheap but when u consider the money you pay is keeping this magnificent castle maintained and as beautiful as it is now then it's well worth it. A rare and stunning place! The stained glass window is from the church next door which is also worth a visit ad is the town of Skipton
  • Excellent visit here. The guide sheet was clear and easy to follow for a self-guided tour giving the best sense of a working castle I've ever had. Rooms are well maintained and facilities were excellent. Highly recommended.
  • Day out at Skipton Castle. Entrance free £10.50. To maintain the Castle. Which is fair enough. Really enjoyed exploring all the rooms. Few were not available to to view but enough. Car park is free. Close at 5.30.Excellent day out.
  • Lovely castle to look around and was ideal for us on the hottest day of the year offering lots of cool shade. Dogs on leads but no peeing on the grass or in castle and naturally pick up any mess. Nice tea room (no dogs) but ample seating outside Great place to spend 90mins or so. Parking at The Bailey car park is very reasonable and convenient for the rest of Skipton
  • We bought tickets in advance for a trip during half term. We arrived on foot so I cannot comment on the parking situation. A really good place to spend a few hours with the little ones , not somewhere for all day. Great for the little ones to explore and would definitely recommend as part of a day out to Skipton, even during half term it was not particularly busy

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