Skipton is busy market town just a few miles south of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park
Scenes in the North Yorkshire, England
and Skipton Station is on The Leeds - Settle - Carlisle Railway
Skipton is set in the lovely rolling landscape south of the Yorkshire Dales, though it may be considered part of the northern part of West Yorkshire. This shot taken from north-west of Skipton station
Looking up the High Street of Skipton towards the tower of the Parish Church..
Views looking down the High Street from the Parish Church of Skipton, the tall War Memorial of Skipton in the foreground.
The War Memorial Garden at the top of Skipton High Street.
Some of the many cafes, shops and pubs located on Skipton's High Street.
The Black Horse pub, High Street, Skipton
Skipton Market in the High Street, with the tower of the parish church just visible.
Skipton Market in the High Street by the 'Coffee and Clay'
The lower end of High Street, Skipton
There is a short section of a narrow street, part of Skipton's High Street.
The cobbled Otley Street.
The Market stalls
and a 'damp' shopping street down in the town!, but still attractive with its varied cafes.
The handsome Birkbeck building dated 1864
Below are pictures of the Craven Museum and Gallery in the Town Hall.
The Craven museum housed in the town hall, has a great collection of artefacts and display boards telling the geological, archaeological, historical, agricultural and industrial history of Skipton, but spreads in content out into the Craven Dales from life in Skipton town to the hard labour workers in the lead mines.
The Craven Museum and Art Gallery
Museum displays of Skipton's local industry and stalls selling all sorts of decorative objects.
Gallery displays of pictures of Skipton's local people and craft industries including some prehistoric skulls.
A pleasure narrow-boat passing by some of the lovely stone buildings in Skipton on the canal.
The canal route into Skipton Town and the quays and basin where tourists can go for canal trips
The impressive and striking memorial statue by Graham Ibbeson to the English Test Match and Yorkshire County fast bowler Freddie Trueman O.B.E 1931-2006
The beautifully restored Skipton Station is busy and now an electrified commuter line all the way down to Leeds as well as being on the popular scenic Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway.
Skipton station with an electric commuter train for Leeds or Bradford.
A brief history and description of Skipton
Skipton (also known as Skipton-in-Craven) is a market town and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England, though historically, it was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Skipton is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, has a fine medieval castle and has been an important market town from medieval times until the present. Skipton has played its part in the English Civil War and was the site of a prisoner of war camp during the First World War. Skipton has one of the oldest mills in North Yorkshire (mills were a very important local industry), historical documents show that High Corn Mill, powered by the waters of Eller Beck, dates to 1310 when it was owned by Robert de Clifford, 1st Baron de Clifford, later by King Edward II. The mill was once double in size and produced all the corn for Skipton. The presence of Skipton Castle in medieval times allowed the urbanisation of the surrounding area, and in uncertain times of war and disorder, attracted an influx of families. Skipton became a prosperous market town, trading sheep and woollen goods, and Skipton's name is derived from the Old English sceap (sheep) and tun (town or village). A market stemming from its formative years still survives (see pictures). In the 19th century, Skipton was a small mill town connected to the major cities by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. In the 20th century, and now the 21st century, Skipton's economy is very much based tourism and retail outlets, exemplified by its historic castle and closeness to the Yorkshire Dales. Since 1974, Skipton has been the seat of Craven District Council.
On the longer canal boat trip (see West Yorkshire page 13) eat at the Devonshire Inn, Skipton in the evening and Beau's Kitchen (below, great vegetarian food) the next day which is next to the Black Horse pub.
Aireville Park in Skipton is pleasant place for exercise and fresh air.
and Skipton Station is on The Leeds - Settle - Carlisle Railway
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Skipton historic market town, North Yorkshire, Northern England: Skipton is busy, bustling, friendly and attractive historic market town even on a grey drizzly day. The Town Hall (left) houses the Craven Museum and Art Gallery with exhibitions of objects from prehistoric to Victorian and contemporary times together with geological and archaeological displays.
Right and below: Healthy Life - the Wild Oats Cafe and
health-food shop in the High Street, Skipton (left and
below). Great vegetarian food and views down onto the High
Street and across to the Parish Church.
Right: Brody's Bistro & Pizzeria
Left: The Coffee and Clay cafe and pottery painting in
Skipton High Street.
Right: Hetties Heartily Cosy Cafe and the Russian Tea Room & Restaurant
|Cafe 76 and Deli and the Three Sheep Tea Rooms in the High Street of Skipton.|
The Pumpkin Cafe, in Swadford Street, is above the Pumpkin Card and Balloon Company. Its a nice cafe serving decent food at a decent price in Skipton.
|Two of the many pubs in Skipton are The Cock and Bottle and The Castle Inn. The Cock and Bottle may date from the 17th century and is an interesting looking building in an otherwise non-descript row of shops and cafes.|
|The Castle Inn is next to Holy Trinity Church which itself is next to the entrance to Skipton Castle.|
|Next to the Mill Bridge Gallery is the Emporio-Italia, behind which is the Leeds-Liverpool canal.|
|Bizzie Lizzies offers a traditional fish and ships and is near one of the bridges over the busy Leeds-Liverpool canal in Skipton.|
|Skipton Castle has both an attractive picnic area and a cafe, the Clifford Tearooms. It is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England.|
|Verdes is another cafe in Swadford Street, Skipton, near where the narrow boats are based. It is a 'coffee shop, cafe, restaurant and delicatessen.|
|Skipton's Holy Trinity Church refectory offers refreshment and light home-made meals in the Vestry Rooms and the church itself is well worth a visit too!, parts of the present building dating from ~1300 and the late 15th century. There is fine carved oak screen between the nave and the chancel.|
|Down on the quayside at Skipton where you can go for a boat trip on the canal there are several places to get food and drink e.g. The Quay Cafe Bar & Grill, The Aagrah Bar & Restaurant for authentic 'Kashmiri cuisine', Fox's The Ice Cream Tug boat, The Rose & Crown for traditional food and you can even get some refreshment' on board the 'pleasure boats at Skipton.|
|The Royal Shepherd is down by the canal in Skipton.|
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