- Castles and Palaces
- Tourist Attractions
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
A remarkable tribute to master craftsmen, Skipton Castle still stands today complete and habitable after 900 years at the head of the bustling High Street of Skipton.
A major stronghold of the powerful Clifford Lords saw them participating in all the major battles; from Bannockburn to Crecy; Agincourt to the Wars of the Roses. George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland became Queen's Champion to Elizabeth I distinguishing himself against the Spanish Armada, as well as ransoming Puerto Rico.
The castle was restored after the Civil War by Lady Anne Clifford who planted the Yew tree which still survives in the beautiful Conduit Court 350 years later. Above the imposing Gatehouse with its four strong towers, the motto of the Cliffords is still strong and clear, Desormais, Henceforth.
Visit their website for dates of the re-enactments and come along (in costume if you want) and participate in life in medieval times, see knights and armour and enjoy the mock battles and if you can't wait for your visit, why not have a preview and make your own cut-out model of the Gatehouse or kitchen scene or become Lady Anne Clifford or George, 3rd Earl of Cumberland with your own facemask.
Art is made easy with various scenes to colour in and to make the brain work harder, a wordsearch! It's all there for your entertainment.
Bring your picnic and enjoy a great day out! There's loads to do and loads to see, so heck: bring everybody!
- Picnics Allowed
- Restaurant Onsite
- Onsite Shop
- Snacks Available
- Parking Available On-site
Getting There and Contact Information
Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AW, England
Click here to visit Skipton Castle's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
October through March
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
Seniors (60+): £7.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 kids over 5`s): £25.90
Under 5`s: Free
The Clifford Tearoom at Skipton Castle serves home made soup, cakes and light lunches, teas, coffee and ice creams are available from the shop adjoining the tearoom.
There are toilet facilities available but no disabled toilets. Baby changing facilities can be arranged, please ask in reception.
Prints, postcards, pencils, notepads, erasers, icecream, confectionery, Charlie Bears and a well stocked book section.
Baby food facilities
They do not sell baby foods but milk can be warmed in a microwave oven.