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Visiting Skipton Castle - North Yorkshire



Distance 10 miles from Haworth
Travel time by car About 35 mins
Location Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1AQ Tel:01756 792442
N53° 57. 847 W002° 00. 917 Map here... About Skipton here...
Elevation 515ft
Date visited 31/08/2004
Length of visit 2hrs
Opening times As of January 2009: Open daily from 10am (Sunday 12 noon), except for 25 December. Last admission is at 6pm (October - February 4pm).
Website www.skiptoncastle.co.uk
Prices

As of January 2009:

Adults: £5.80
Children (5-17): £3.20
Children under 5: free
Over 60s and students: £5.20
Family Ticket for two adults and up to 3 children over 5: £17.90 (saves up to £3.30).
Guides are available for pre-booked parties at no extra cost (reduced rate of £4.80 per head for adult parties of 15 or more).

The history of Skipton castle can be traced back to about 1090 when Robert de Romille built a timber fort on the site. This was replaced with a stone castle, in 1310 the Clifford family were given the property by Edward II.

During the Civil War of 1642-51 the castle was under siege for three years from Oliver Cromwell and his Parliamentary forces until 1645 when a surrender was negotiated. In 1648 they reoccupied the castle and set about demolishing the castles defenses.


In the 1650's Lady Anne Clifford was allowed to restore the castle on the condition that the upper walls were thinner and the roof was not made strong enough to support cannon. The rainwater gutters have the family arms and the year 1659 which was the date the castle was restored.

The Cliffords' used the castle until 1676. Today their banner flies from the castle with approval from the present Lord Clifford of Chudleigh.

The castle is built around a courtyard. The Yew tree was planted as a sapling in 1659 by Lady Anne Clifford upon completion of the restoration of the castle.

There is a free guide which explains the best way to explore the castle, it also means you follow a route in the same direction which is helpful as some of the passageways are narrow.



Your Reviews:

skipton castle is epic and i loved it i would give iut 10 out of 10 because its amazing :)
21/06/2012

i think skipton castle is awersome :]
28/04/2012

My grandaughter had a school.project to do on a medieval castle. Since I am from England I.auggested she consider Skipton Castle. She decided to do her project on Skiptpn Castle and built a fantastic likeness of the castle. She enjoyed every minute of herr research and it showed in the high marks she received from hwr teacher
05/04/2012

im from bradford near skipton castle and i love uk castles
18/03/2012

this castle is fabulous and magnificent..!
06/03/2012

Skipton castle looks pretty cool
28/01/2012

I haven't been but it sounds really good. I'm doing a project on skipton castle and this website well helped me xxxxxxx

26/01/2012

its very nice and beautiful with lots of things to look at
08/01/2012

I love skipton castle the history of the place excites me and the castle is absolutely fab!!!!
04/01/2012

Oh I love family history!!! Lady Catherine Clifford daughter of Henry Clifford 1st earl of Cumberland are my ancestors!
03/01/2012

Hi i went to Skipton Castle for a school trip and i thought it was great. There are no decorations or paintings or anything but the people there know because of books that told them what the rooms looked like.I would reccomend this to anyone, but the shop there is a little bit pricy. Otherwise it was great!!!
07/12/2011

Wow skipton castle is an amazing and historical castle to visit!!! I really enjoyed it x
29/06/2011

I went to Skipton castle as a course and it was bluddy amazing :) especially with all its old features still standing .. and the tree was like the best part <3 the castles been standing for over 900 years WOW !
21/01/2011

OMG i am doing a history prodject and this website has helped me soooo much ha lolololol xx

03/01/2011

im doing a project on the skipton castle and i think its the best castle to be working on.
07/12/2010

Am doing a project on skipton castle its amazing yeeeeeeeyyyy :)
03/12/2010

the cliffords still live at skipton castle , in big dwelling at side of castle .
01/12/2010

hiiiii
i luv skipton castle!!!
14/11/2010

i enjoyed skipton casle when i went there and know i am doing a histry prod on it:3)
09/11/2010

oh my gosh i am gonna cry when i leave that school this year cuz they do cool stuff like take us to SKIPTON CASTLE THNNXX THATTO HEATH PRIMARY
BY BETHANY WESTHEAD
12/10/2010

Who owns the private property on site of Skipton castle
11/05/2010

I loved skipton castle by the look of it
08/05/2010

wow , i just loved skipton castle :-) ♥
05/05/2010

I have been to Skipton Castle once and very much enjoyed and now i am doing a History project on it(: !
20/04/2010

did any of you know that it is known as one of the edwardian castles? that is so cool ^_^
07/04/2010

im thinking of visiting skipton castle next month , can anyone tell me what its like inside ? is it just a shell or does it have rooms with furniture and paintings and the like , none of the photos on the web show the inside of the castle . thanks , john
17/01/2010

when is there a free day i kive in skipton but never heard of that
11/12/2008

i love skipton castle, I live in skipton now and once a year you can go for free so I always go then! :D
15/11/2008

it is a very good castle and when was it built?
17/12/2007

I think Skipton Castle is Great!
04/12/2007

what are the main difference between the medieval and the tudor building?
25/03/2007

Who owns Skipton Castle now?
26/07/2006

i love skipton castle its amasing! <3 kate
28/02/2006

when was skipton castle built? thanks will someone please answer this

23/02/2006

know is spelt k-n-o-w

and the normans built it
01/02/2006

I want to now who made the castle?

10/11/2005

skipton is one of the most beautiful castles in england.

07/11/2005

Skipton castle is the best castle i have been 4 times and still want to back again.
15/04/2005

skipton catle is one of the most best castles i have ever been to the castle has alot of information about it and the best places ever seen in a castle
06/04/2005

Skipton Castle is one of the most beautiful and well preserved castles ever.
05/02/2005

 

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