Skipton is an historical town in the English county of North Yorkshire, forming the southern gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.

For other places with the same name, see Skipton (disambiguation).
Skipton as seen from the castle.

Get in

Skipton is served by trains from Leeds (two an hour, taking about 40 min) and Bradford Forster Square (two an hour, taking about 40 min). Trains on the Settle to Carlisle route pass through Skipton. The town is served by the A59, the A65 York and the A629. Access from Skipton into the Dales to Grassington and beyond is via the B6265. Also, a few trips on route X84 from Leeds go to Skipton. From Bradford, take any of the many buses to Keighley, and change to any of the frequent buses to Skipton.

Get around

The town can be easily navigated on foot.

Regular trains operate on the Aire Valley line from Skipton station, a short walk from the town centre.

Regular buses operate from the central bus station in the town center to the Yorkshire Dales and other surrounding towns/villages.


Skipton Castle



There are a number of award winning butchers along the High Street and the surrounding streets. Stanforth Butchers(11 Mill Bridge) is especially well known for its pork pies.

As a tourist destination, there are plenty of shops selling items associated with Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales.


Bizzie Lizzies is an excellent fish & chip shop


Skipton has a variety of pubs and bars.

Skipton also has its own brewery: Copper Dragon Brewery.


The majority of bed and breakfast hotels can be found on Keighley Road.

Go next

The Settle-Carlisle Railway is easily reached from Skipton train station and allows for the exploration of the Yorkshire Dales. Alighting at Horton-in-Ribblesdale allows for the ascent of Pen-y-Ghent where as leaving at Ribblehead Station enables the tourist to climb both Ingleborough and Whernside(Yorkshire's highest point). All three can be climbed in a 12 hour hike known as the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. Bad weather is known to affect the summits of all these hills and so it would be wise to dress appropriately (Waterproofs, Hiking boots and warm clothing). A map is a must, and Ordnance Survey maps can be bought from many of the hiking shops in Skipton. Alternatively, some shops will sell hiking guides incorporating a small map for cheaper. Please remember to check train times before you set off, especially on Sundays where there is a reduced service.

Clapham is a typical Yorkshire Dales Village accessible via train from Skipton. The village is just over a miles walk from the station. In the village you will find old buildings, a historic church, bed and breakfasts as well as pubs and tea rooms serving local food and ale. At the top end of the village, is the beginning of a nature walk (pay at the machine) incorporating a walk through woodland containing plant and trees from around the world. At the end of the trail there is the Ingolborough Cave (pay separately) - apparently one of the best show caves in Britain.

Leeds is accessible by the trains that leave every half hour from Skipton train station. Journey time 35-50 minutes.

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