Days out in Yorkshire: Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire

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The days are beginning to get a little longer, the weather is dismal, and summer seems some way off yet.

That means it must be almost March, and we’re all making a promise to try our best to get out of the house, and into the fresh air – however chilly it may be.

So for a day out, something that strikes a balance between being outside, yet under cover, and interesting enough for those of all ages is the proverbial Holy Grail. But how about Skipton Castle?

Over 900 years old, it is one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles in England. So far, so interesting.

Add to that a self-guided tour that explores every corner of the castle – from dungeon to privy – and it has all the makings of a fascinating day.

While wandering through the castle, try to imagine what life was like all those centuries ago, particularly during a siege between 1643 and 1645.

In fact, how the castle garrison survived during the siege remained a mystery until an ancient well was recently discovered. Just one of the historic finds that continue to be made.

As if all that wasn’t enough, though, there are the manicured grounds to wander around, with great views of Skipton from many vantage points throughout the castle.

The tea room is the perfect place for a pit stop, there’s a shop for souvenirs, and if the weather decides to be particularly kind, there’s even a picnic area.

And if you want more, there’s always Skipton’s award-winning High Street just on the doorstep of the castle’s impressive gatehouse, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Prices: Adults £7.30, Children £4.50, Concessions £6.50

Opening Times: 10am-6pm

Address: Skipton, North Yorkshire

Car Parking: Town centre, pay & display parking

Attraction Website: www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

Telephone: 01756 792442

Sat Nav: BD23 1AW

For more days out see www.yorkshire.com

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