Yorkshire Dales Market Towns
Sitting in Airedale on the South Western boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Skipton is a market town with a delightful mix of old and new.
Skiptons' busy high street
Known as the gateway to the Dales, Skipton has superb transport links and is easily accessible by road, rail and bus. On the myriad side streets and ginnels leading from the High Street visitors will find many interesting little shops, galleries and tearooms.
Skipton truly comes alive with its open air market every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The cobbled setts on either side of the High Street are alive with colour and bustle as the stalls offer everything from fruit and veg to clothing. The Farmers Market takes place on the first Sunday of every month.
Skipton is another dales town with a long and rich history. As a place name Skipton has influences of Norse and Old English and means "the sheep farm".
Standing proudly at the top of the High Street is Skipton Castle, a magnificent building with over 900 years of history. The castle is open year round and visitors can climb from the depths of the dungeons to the top of the watch tower and learn about medieval life as they go.
A full calendar of events keeps Skipton bustling year round. In May the Waterway Festival celebrates Skipton's past on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal; In July the town holds its annual Sheepday and celebrates its links with the surrounding agricultural community; and in December Skipton celebrates its rich heritage with two medieval markets.