Days out in Yorkshire: Skipton

Skipton Castle.
Skipton Castle.
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Skipton is a lovely spot all year round, but add a dusting of snow, a lot of sparkling baubles, and a Christmas-themed market, and you have the town’s annual Yuletide Festival.

The High Street in Skipton is already award-winning, thanks to the prestigious Great Street Award 2009 accolade, and it is still as good as ever. A good mix of national chain stores and individual shops along with cobbled side streets see to that.

But when Christmas rolls around, residents and tourists alike can sample the wonders of the famous Christmas Market and Yuletide Festival, this year taking place on two Sundays on December 8 and 15.

The famous market is an attraction of its own and made more special during Yuletide with stalls spanning the length of the High Street plus an arena for entertaining events.

Should the snow clouds arrive, you can always head for a cosy hideaway and enjoy some food and real ale at either the award-winning Woolly Sheep pub or The Castle Inn, nestled in the shadow of Holy Trinity church.

For a warming cuppa or some choice Eastern European cuisine, try the interest-piquing Russian Tea Rooms.

For a trip back in time, check out Skipton’s fascinating medieval castle. Or for evening entertainment, try the unique Mart Theatre just out of town.

If you’ve still got some energy, then venture out to Bolton Abbey up the A59 for stunning walks and also great food at the award-winning Devonshire Arms.

You can even hop aboard the nearby steam-tastic Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway too.


Opening Times: Sunday December 8 and 15 from 10am to 4pm
Car Parking: Paid-for parking in Coach Street or High Street
Location: High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Sat Nav BD23 1PS
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