Welcome to Skipton, Far more that just "The Gateway to the Dales" Skipton's unique appeal lies in it's happy marriage of olde-worlde charm and the hustle and bustle of a thriving market town. As planners changed the character of many other provincial towns Skipton has remained untouched, retaining it's historic character and offering a refreshing counterpoint to the artificially themed shopping malls offered elsewhere.
Skipton's bustling market, medieval castle, canal, thriving shops pubs and cafes provide something for the whole family. Wander down the many alleyways, known locally as “ginnels”, to savour the town's history and character; explore the side streets where you will find many interesting shops cafes and restaurants; visit the canal basin with it's boats footpaths and picnic areas, or walk by the river in the calm of Skipton Woods; then you will
discover why Skipton is one of the most popular visitor destinations in the North of England at any time of the year and why many people return time and time again. with it's rich heritage, award winning high street and market, events and festivals throughout the year and surrounded by stunningly beautiful countryside Skipton is the perfect destination for a short break or as a base to explore further afield.