Your Personal Town Guide
North Yorkshire
Skipton , Sheep Town, dubs itself The Gateway to the Dales, but it is much more than that – the High Street is like a boulevard and on market day stalls crowd the pavements on either side. At its head lies the Parish Church and, next door, the Castle – both in a commanding position overlooking the town. The Leeds-Liverpool canal basin is picturesque and home to an annual waterways festival. It is an excellent base to explore Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale or West Yorkshire.


Must See
Castle, Parish Church, Canal basin
Museum , Skipton Castle , Skipton Parish Church , Canal Basin , Quaker Meeting House
Market Day
Tuesday / Friday / Saturday / Farmers Market: Last Sunday month
Wide Variety of specialist independent
Tourist Info Centre
35 Coach Street, Skipton BD23 1LQ
Direct Access
Rail Station. Bus station. Central car parking
1.5hr Town Walk
A 90 minute circular walk taking in the church, castle, High Street, Canal Basin and Springs Canal.
Video Features
See exclusive content of the Parish Church, Castle, Canals and Festivals.

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Waterways Festival
Waterways Festival

Held May Day Bank Holiday weekend at Canal basin. Barges congregate in the canal basin and on Saturday night sail illuminated. Entertainment, music, traditional dancing and brass bands. For all the family.

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Skipton Gala
Skipton Gala

Usually held second Saturday in June. Procession of floats through the town starting at 1:00pm ending in Aireville Park where there is a fair, events, stalls etc. For all the family.

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Sheep Day
Sheep Day

Usually held first Sunday in July. High Street is closed-off from 11:00am for a Sheep Show, live events, brass bands, entertainment, etc. For all the family.

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Yuletide Festival
Yuletide Festival

Vintage Transport Extravaganza Generally held on first and second Sunday in December. Market held on the High Street. Entertainment, brass bands. Ends with torchlight procession to Parish Church and outside community carol sing.

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