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Skipton is an historical town in the English county of North Yorkshire, forming the southern gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.

For other places with the same name, see Skipton (disambiguation).
Skipton as seen from the castle.

Get in

Skipton is served by trains from Leeds (2 an hour taking approx 40 minutes) and Bradford Forster Square (2 an hour taking approximately 40 minutes). Trains on the Settle to Carlisle route pass through Skipton. The town is served by the A59 Leeds to Kendal Road, and the A65 York to Preston, as well as the A629 from Keighley and Halifax. Access from Skipton into the Dales to Grassington and beyond on the B6265.

Get around

The town can be easily navigated on foot.

Regular trains operate on the Aire Valley line from Skipton station, a short walk from the town centre.

Regular buses operate from the central bus station in the town center to the Yorkshire Dales and other surrounding towns/villages.


  • Skipton and Craven Tourist Information Centre, 35 Coach Street, Skipton, tel 01756 792809, fax 01756 700709, mailto:[email protected]
Skipton Castle
  • Skipton Castle [1], tel 01756 792442, fax 01756 796100, mailto:[email protected] - one of the best preserved medieval castles of England, dating back to the 12th century




Busy Lizzies is an excellent fish & chip shop

  • Wild Oates, High Street. Wonderful vegetarian cafe above a health food store at the top of the high street, offering great food during the day all week.


Skipton has a variety of pubs and bars.

  • Narrow Boat, Victoria Street. [2] Slightly different with an excellent selection of locally sourced real ale and international beers.
  • Wooly Sheep, High Street. [3] One of the finest pubs in town with a great high street location. Serves a selection of locally produced Timothy Taylors cask ales. The pub also provides bed and breakfast accommodation.

Skipton also has its own brewery: Copper Dragon Brewery.


Get out

The Settle-Carlisle Railway is easily reached from Skipton train station and allows for the exploration of the Yorkshire Dales. Alighting at Horton-in-Ribblesdale allows for the ascent of Pen-y-Ghent (Allow 3-4 hours) where as leaving at Ribblehead Station enables the tourist to climb both Ingleborough and Whernside (Allow a good 6 hours) (Yorkshire's highest point). All three can be climbed in a 12 hour hike known as the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. Bad weather is known to affect the summits of all these hills and so it would be wise to dress appropriately (Waterproofs, Hiking boots and warm clothing). A map is a must, and Ordanance Survey maps can be bought from many of the hiking shops in Skipton. Alternatively, some shops will sell hiking guides incorporating a small map for cheaper. Please remember to check train times before you set off, especially on Sundays where there is a reduced service.

Leeds is accessible by the trains that leave every half hour from Skipton train station. Journey time 35-50 minutes.

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