For those of you who are new to the Yorkshire Dales, we have collated a list of local places of interest. Hopefully there's something to inspire you!
Skipton Market is part of what makes the town such a landmark as "the Gateway to the Dales". With origins in the medieval times, the "sheep-town" was originally a historic place of trade. Nowadays, the market runs four days a week, and purveys a multitude of artisanal items - there is something for everyone!
Skipton Town Hall & Craven Museum
This stunning historic building is a key feature of Skipton's High Street, and the museum inside is fascinating. Suitable for all ages, the museum covers the wide and intricate future of Skipton and the surrounding area. See their website for opening times.
Built in 1090, Skipton Castle has been impressively preserved for over 9 centuries. Tours around the castle run throughout the day, and there are many interesting stories to hear from its long history. See their website for opening times.
Skipton Canal Boats
The Leeds-Liverpool Canal is a key feature of Skipton, both past and present. A variety of boat trips depart from the canal basin, and they showcase views of Skipton that you would otherwise miss out on. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Skipton Castle Woods
This ancient woodland is a beautiful nature haven and peaceful walking spot. For those looking for a gentle walk with a few mild inclines, this is a great choice.
(Parking - Toilets and Cafes in Skipton itself)
Bolton Abbey Estate
The Bolton Abbey Estate is a wonderful walking spot for all types of walks. Being both pram friendly and dog friendly, you can choose the length/difficulty of your walk with ease. See their website for more details.
(Toilets, Parking, Cafes, Ice Cream)
Burnsall to Appletreewick
The public footpath between the villages of Burnsall and Appletreewick takes you on a gentle walk alongside the majestic River Wharfe. With plenty of picnic spots and natural beauty areas along the way, it is a perfect day out spot.
(Toilets, Cafes, Pubs, Parking, Ice Cream)
Ilkley Cow and Calf
The Ilkley Cow and Calf rocks on Ilkley Moor are famous in the area and make for a great day out as well as an invigorating walk. With plenty of footpaths circling around the rocks themselves, both for the adventurous and those who want a smoother course, the rocks are well-worth a visit. Be warned - it gets pretty windy up there, so you'll need to wrap up!
(Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Ice Cream)
The Cavendish Arms Pub
A 2 minute walk away from the site, this cosy country pub has amazing food and friendly service, as well as a well-stocked bar to cater to all your needs. Booking is advised, particularly on weekends.
1 Skipton Road, Skipton, BD23 6QQ
Oakley's Grill and Pizzeria
A family run business in the heart of Skipton, Oakley's is one of our top recommendations in town - particularly their lovely pizzas! With plenty of parking spaces in the nearby Canal Basin car park, this venue is the perfect place for an evening out in Skipton. Check their website for updated opening hours.
5 Albert Street, Skipton, BD23 1JD
01756 796 216
The Bull at Broughton
The Bull is a short drive from the cottages, on the famous Broughton Hall Estate. Serving high-quality food in a welcoming pub atmosphere, this venue is certainly worth visiting. Booking is recommended at all times, particularly if bringing a dog - check their website for details.
Broughton, Skipton, BD23 3AR
The Box Tree Ilkley
A prestigious restaurant in the nearby town of Ilkley, the Box Tree will not disappoint those looking for a fine-dining experience whilst visiting the area.
35-37 Church Street, Ilkley, LS29 9DR
Alexander's Grand Cafe, Bar & Terrace
This popular venue in Skipton is a perfect night out for dressing up, drinking stylish cocktails and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere. Outside, the terrace overlooking Skipton canal is magical at night, whilst inside, musicians are often scheduled to perform on an evening.
4-6 High Street Skipton, BD23 1JZ
Part of the prestigious Bar & Grill chain, Piccolino's in Ilkley is well-worth the drive over. With a stylish restaurant atmosphere and a European-style roof garden, this venue is perfect for a holiday celebration.
31-33 Brook Street, Ilkley, LS29 8AE