For more than 900 years the imposing twin towers of Skipton Castle have overlooked the pretty high street below and helped keep its residents safe from harm.
After enduring countless battles and a three-year siege during the Civil War, the castle is one of the most complete and best preserved in England and makes for a fascinating day out.
Don’t miss the yew tree in the central courtyard, which is 350 years old
Visitors can pass through the impressive gatehouse to explore every corner of this fascinating building and imagine what life was like when it provided protection and security from invaders.
Every visitor is given a comprehensive tour sheet filled with drawings and descriptions of interesting features to help you make the most of your visit.
Take your time to wander through the many well-preserved rooms, including the kitchen, privy, bedchamber and banqueting hall; which can now host weddings and other special ceremonies.
Descend the steps to the dungeon or climb the stairs to the top storey of the watch tower, which enjoys spectacular views across Skipton and the countryside beyond. Don’t miss the beautiful yew tree which has been the centrepiece of the central courtyard for more than 350 years.
Bring a picnic and sprawl out on the perfectly manicured lawns, or treat yourself to some coffee and cake at the on-site Clifford Tearoom.
Throughout the year, the castle also plays host to impressive medieval re-enactments which see the grounds come to life with soldiers in combat, weaponry displays, medieval cooking.
Prices: Adults £7.80, children £4.90
Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm
Address: Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AW
Car parking: Nearby pay and display
Telephone: 01756 792442