Visit Skipton and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Skipton, North Yorkshire, has the feel of a country town in a green setting and this contributes to its popularity as a good gateway to the Dales. it is easily accessible today, even by canal, although in 1747 John Wesley complained that it was so “pent up” in its valley that “you can expect little company from without”. Skipton contains charming old houses, courtyards, an old toll-booth and stocks in Sheep Street, a l6th-century grammar school, a Palladian (1862 vintage) Town Hall. and a simple 1693 Friends Meeting House. But its focal points are the castle and the church, both located where the High Street fans out at the top. The first castle was built by Robert de Romille, but only one gateway of this Norman fortress survives. The present castle dates from the time the Cliffords took possession in the 14th century. The last Clifford to own it was Lady Anne, who died in 1676. The castle had been partly demolished in1649 and she reconstructed it. One of her additions was the balustrade over the gatehouse incorporating the family motto “Desormais”(henceforth). On either side of the gatehouse are massive round towers. Lawns and cobbles inside the walls set off the main buildings and towers. Conduit Court is particularly lovely, shaded as it is by an ancient yew. This castle is one of the most complete and well preserved in the country.
Holy Trinity Church was extensively restored also by Lady Anne. Among its older parts are the l2th-century font, with a superb spire-like Jacobean font cover; the 14th-century sedilia with four seats; and the early- 16th-century screen. There are several impressive Clifford tombs. Skipton was the sheep town (Sceptun) of the Angles and it still has a sheep and cattle auction.
Nearby towns: Barnoldswick, Colne, Harrogate, Ilkley, Keighley, Pateley Bridge, Settle
Nearby villages: Grassington, Malham
Have you decided to visit Skipton or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Skipton bed and breakfast (a Skipton B&B or Skipton b and b)
- a Skipton guesthouse
- a Skipton hotel (or motel)
- a Skipton self-catering establishment, or
- other Skipton accommodation