Nine hundred years may have rolled by since Skipton Castle was first built to provide protection against invasion, but little about the building has actually changed. The castle is one of the country’s best preserved medieval buildings and it even stood the test of a Civil War siege that lasted for three years.
Now this isn’t the kind of castle where visitors are only welcome in a couple of rooms or areas, every single corner of this foreboding castle is open for visitors to wander, explore and discover the little details that tell a fascinating history. See how the food was stored and prepared in the kitchen, imagine the grandeur or the banquet hall and venture down to the dungeons. The watch tower was one of the most important areas of the castle, and these days it’s worth climbing up to just to enjoy the views.
Pause for a moment as you approach the castle and imagine its medieval visitors crossing the moat to reach the inner courtyard. There’s a picnic area onsite as well as a tea room, and every visitor receives an information book to help make sure they don’t miss any of the castle’s features.