Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle

Guardian of the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales for over 900 years, this unique fortress is one of the most complete and well-preserved medieval castles in England. Standing on a 40-metre high crag, fully-roofed Skipton Castle was founded around 1090 by Robert de Romille, one of William the Conqueror’s Barons, as a fortress in the dangerous northern reaches of the kingdom.

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle is one of the best preserved, most complete, medieval castles in England, fully roofed and well worth a visit by any age at any time of year. Delightful picnic areas and rooms available for group use. Illustrated tour sheets in ten languages, or experienced guides provided for pre-booked parties at no extra charge.

School trips to Skipton Castle have access to facilities for educational visits include eating area, classroom and guided tour. Free preparatory visits for teachers. Shop selling wide range of gifts or pre-ordered goody bags available for collection.  Teacher’s resource pack available from the shop.

New free coach parking and drop-off for pre-booked groups.

Ideal for many areas of the school curriculum and all key stages.

Contact the Educational Visits UK team to help plan your next school trip.



Accessible by Public Transport, Dogs Welcome on Leads, Guide Dogs Welcome, Off Site Parking,


Conference Facilities, Groups Welcome, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available, Wedding Venue,


Cafe, Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,


Parking available at Bailey Car Park BD23 1UA, Please note, there is no wheelchair access into the castle. The grounds, Tea Room and Gift Shop are accessible. Access statement:





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    Opening Hours

    10am Last admission 5pm (Oct-Mar 4pm)


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