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Skipton Golf Club, one of the most scenic and tranquil golf courses in the North of England, was founded in 1893 on the outskirts of this popular and historic market town, nestled among the stunningly beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Golfers are captivated by the magnificent views of Sharphaw, Crookrise and Embsay Crag, while Eller Beck provides [read more]


Skipton became a railway town in 1847 when the Leeds-Bradford-Keighley Railway was extended, soon joined by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway from Manchester. A year later, the line was extended to Colne and initially, passengers would leave the train at Skipton for onward travel to the villages in Wharfedale by horse-drawn coach. Hostelries are still [read more]


The Leeds to Liverpool Canal, which runs through the centre of Skipton, was completed in 1816 and is 127 miles long. The main line of the canal has a number of historic connections to footpaths around the town, many of which would have been created to allow mill workers routes from residential areas to the [read more]


Fully renovated, the mill provides fabulous premises for a number of independently owned shops and businesses – all just a stone’s throw from Skipton High Street, which was recently voted ‘High Street of The Year’. While geared up to the 21st century, High Corn Mill also retains strong links with its medieval past: the waterwheel [read more]

Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre

We have the largest pool that is based in Craven, with a smaller teaching pool with a unique moveable floor and access lifts. The pool is available for hire and as a party venue. The Fitness Centre (Gym) offers state of the art cardiovascular and resistance equipment designed to give you a complete fitness workout. [read more]


Award winning Skipton High Street includes a blend of independent and national shops and has been praised for its enduring individuality and character. Where other high streets have undergone much change and become clones of each other, Skipton High Street has retained its old world charm. Today the High Street is bustling with activity as [read more]


Skipton is derived from the Anglo Saxon words ‘sceap’ (sheep) and ‘tun’ (town) and is recorded in the Doomesday Book as Scepeton and has been the economic centre for the Craven and Southern Dales from this time. The strategic location of the castle enabled the town to grow in importance and in 1204 a Charter [read more]


Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Grant, Craven Museum and Gallery is currently undergoing major development. This means that the museum within Skipton Town Hall is closed to the public until summer 2020. However, we are going out and about with items from our collection to schools, libraries and other venues while we are closed. To [read more]

Chevin Cycles, Skipton

Chevin Cycles is an award-winning small local chain of shops that originated in neighbouring Otley but has a strong presence in Skipton thanks to this store, jam-packed with bikes of all shapes and sizes. They also stock a wide range of gear: helmets, clothing and accessories and have a workshop for any visitors whose bike [read more]