Skipton, North Yorkshire, guide to the market town of Skipton UK with 360 degree street views.

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Skipton Castle
Skipton Castle "Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England..."

High Street
High Street "Skipton Building Society, weekly Markets and the Town Hall can all be found on High Street..."
Skipton Town Hall and Museum
Skipton Town Hall and Museum "Craven Museum and Gallery is inside the Town Hall and is particularly interesting small museum and gallery..."
Skipton Railway Station
Skipton Railway Station "There are 4 platforms here, linking Skipton to Leeds, Bradford, Carlisle and Morecambe..."




Skipton is a delightful market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and is well worth a visit.


The Leeds Liverpool Canal runs through the centre of Skipton, providing it with a picturesque quay and canal towpaths. The Springs Branch of the canal also encircles Skipton Castle. This provides an ideal route for boat trips from canal basin in town. The path around the castle here leads to an enchanting walk through Skipton Woods.

The town centre of Skipton still has cobbled streets on the High Street market area and around Victoria Square. Here the weekly market attracts people who live in the surrounding Dales area.

The top of the main street beyond the Skipton Town Hall and Museum is overlooked by Skipton Castle and the Holy Trinity Church, with its beautiful grounds. This is also the area where you will find the old Corn Mill and a range of gift shops, restaurants and unique independent shops. Craven Court on the High Street is a quaint shopping arcade and at the far end of town , you can enjoy the expanse of Aireville Park. This is easily reached by the canal towpath and close to the Railway Station.

Image of sheep sculpture - skipton 2010

Things to see, places to and things to do, in and around Skipton.

Flock to Skipton is a large-scale public art event in Skipton. See all the sheep - 25 sheep in various locations throughout the town. You can track down the sheep using our Skipton sheep trail map. Skipton takes its name from the Medieval derivation of 'Sheep Town'. As part of a scheme to encourage more people to visit dozens of sheep sculptures have appeared in the town. Phil Bodmer of BBC Look North took a tour.

Le Tour, the Grand Départ 2014. The Tour de France passed right through Skipton on Saturday 5th July 2014. Take a look at the entire route from Leeds to Harrogate in the 30 minute film below:

Grand Départ film © Red Door VR Ltd. Courtesy of VR Leeds.

You can also view photographs of the Sheep in the Flock to Skipton art event in our collection of photographs of Skipton.

You can take a quick trip to many locations around Skipton, the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway station at Embsay is just a few minutes from the centre of Skipton by car, and has plenty of free parking - take the train to Bolton Abbey. You can also take the road to Grassington Village in the Dales, and then on to Burnsall.

Skipton local directory and business listings

The Postcode for Skipton is in the BD postcode area, also known as the Bradford postcode area, which is a group of postcode districts around Bingley, Bradford, Cleckheaton, Keighley, Settle, Shipley and Skipton in England.