Where to Eat, Sleep and Explore in the Historic Market Town of Skipton
This market town is as romantic as it is historic
Traditional Yorkshire dishes inspired by the international community are cooked to perfection at The Curious Fox, a quaint restaurant, bar and hotel – with each menu option being named after the country the dish is influenced by. Two Sisters is a quirk eatery and craft ale haven with a friendly atmosphere and inviting decor. If you fancy a full English you can hold with two hands, Saxon Pies cook cracking meals all encased in flaky pastry. Alexander’s infamous cocktails are surpassed only by some fantastic dining options, including big Sunday roasts and afternoon tea.
The Coach House has seven spacious rooms with views over the oldest part of Skipton, whilst also only a one-minute walk from the busy High Street. For a more contemporary boutique hotel, try Boutique 25 – a stylish spot with an interesting basement bar. For self-catering there’s the super cosy Bailey Holiday Cottage – it’s also dog friendly with a very large garden.
Skipton Market on High Street (open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) is a historic part of Skipton’s culture, dating back to medieval times. The market sells everything from rugs to butties, so you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy. Independent shops are also dotted around Skipton, such as the crafter’s dream, The Art Shop; an independent womenswear shop, Riviera Boutique; Jenson Samuel Shirts; Sarsaparilla’s sweet shop and many others.
More than 900 years old, Skipton Castle at the top of Skipton High Street is a must see. Here you can climb from the dungeon to the top of the watch tower, explore the chapel and walk the grounds of the stunning Conduit Court to visit a 350-year-old yew tree planted by Lady Anne Clifford. The famous Leeds to Liverpool Canal provides the most idyllic walking spot as it passes through. Skipton Town Hall is also a must see for local history buffs, home to Craven Museum and Skipton’s Exhibition Gallery.
Around the corner
On the Bolton Abbey Estate, find the ruins of Bolton Abbey, the famous stepping stones, and Simon’s Seat with panoramic views. But be careful not to bring the dog as roaming Grouse call this Yorkshire countryside their home. There’s also the nearby Barden Tower, built in 1485 as a fortified house and hunting lodge for the Clifford family.