Photo: Ben P

An imposing castle over 900 years old, Skipton still echoes the legends and accounts from its medieval origins. It is sure to entertain and entice groups and families of all ages!

Built as a mottle and bailey castle in 1090 by a Norman baron, it was replaced by a stone keep to withstand the attacks by the Scots to the north. It was the subject of a three-year siege during the English Civil War, but remained the only royalist stronghold in the north of England. Can you imagine what life was like in the castle during that time?

Visitors to Skipton can explore every nook and cranny of the castle, delving into its history and dark corners. Considered one of the most complete, and best preserved medieval castles in England, the Banqueting Hall, kitchen, and bed chamber offer an insight as to what life was like in the Dark Ages.

After coming down from the watch tower – the most important feature of the castle’s defence mechanisms – don’t forget to descend into the dungeon. Learn all about the history of the people who owned, lived and fought here and about the changes made to the structure of the castle over the years.


Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AW
Tel: +44 1756 792442
Times: March – September, daily, 10am – 6pm
October – February, daily, 10am – 4pm
Sundays open at noon.