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Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1AW

Castle jewel of the North & Guardian of the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales for over 900 years, Skipton Castle is one of the best preserved and most complete medieval castles in England.

Fully roofed it is a fascinating and delightful place for all to explore whatever the weather. The Castle stands at the head of the bustling award winning High Street of this unspoilt market town. Facing the gatehouse there is a large tower, originally the watchtower – the most important feature of the castle’s defences. To its left is the present entrance to the inner core of the stronghold. For family events and medieval re-enactments see our events pages below or visit the website.

Self-guide tour sheets are available in 10 languages. There is a shop within the castle grounds selling souvenirs and refreshments. The shop specialises in books relating to the castle's history and also has an attractive choice of prints, cards, souvenirs and gifts.

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Opening Times

Open daily from 10am. Last admissions 17.00 (Oct - March 16.00)

Closed 23-25 December.




Child (5-17)


Under 3's


Over 65's


Family ticket (x2 adults & up to 3 children over 5)

£39.00 (saves up to £9.00)

Guides are available for pre-booked parties at no extra cost (reduced rate of £11.00 per head for adult parties of 15 or more).


Please note that there is no wheelchair access to the ancient castle ~ grounds, tearoom & shop accessible over a cobbled surface. Full access details here


Dogs are allowed on a short lead within the Castle. The only exceptions are the Tearoom & Shop. Please make sure you clean up if there are any accidents and please make sure they do not pee inside the Castle or on the grass. Dogs are also allowed within Skipton Castle Woods but please keep them on a lead


Baby Changing


Car Parking

Dog Friendly

Picnic Site


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