One of Yorkshire's best and most beautiful attractions
Skipton Castle has many layers. It started life as an earth and timber motte and bailey structure, but was rebuilt in stone to withstand attacks from Scotland. Throughout the centuries, new wings and towers were added, including a large wing built during the Tudor era. This part is still occupied as a private residence.
During the Civil War, Skipton Castle was a Royalist stronghold, and withstood a three year siege. After exploring the castle, you can walk through the surrounding woodland, and see just how impressive the castle's position is. The woods themselves were once ancient hunting grounds for the lords of Skipton, and still have the same mystery and beauty as they did then.
Throughout the year, Skipton hosts several events, including reenactments of battles and everyday life. Be sure to keep an eye on the website, and try and catch a reenactment on your trip to Skipton.