Fantastic night away

''Had a fantastic weekend in skipton the unicorn hotel was a lovely place to stay very welcoming clean and very helpful room a lovely size with a fantastic breakfast i will be going back again would recommend to anyone''

 Tripadvisor June 2017

Skipton 'Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales'

Skipton is a delightful town situated 40minutes from Harrogate and Leeds in the heart of Yorkshire. Voted the best town in England to live 2014 Skipton has much to offer and is the perfect place to enjoy a break

Skipton High Street


Skipton High Street has retained its old world charm. Today the High Street is bustling with activity as you thread your way amongst the market stalls.


Come to Skipton when there is no market and you will see a "different" High Street: a wide avenue with cobbled streets and alleyways leading off to undiscovered corners.


With pubs and restaurants up and down the High St, markets and shops there is certainly something for everyone.

Skipton Castle
skipton Christmas tree

Skipton castle

One of the most complete, fully roofed medieval castles in England. Surviving 900 years of turbulent history and besieged for three years during the English Civil War.

It became the last Royalist stronghold in the North and only later, was Lady Anne Clifford allowed to rebuild, it provided she did not add cannon bearing roofs.

Explore from the depths of the dungeon to the top of the watchtower and see the yew tree which is in the centre of the Conduit Courtyard and was planted by Lady Anne Clifford in 1659.

Opening times:
Open every day from 10am (Sundays from 12 noon).
Last admissions 6pm (Oct - Feb 4pm). 
Closed 25 December.

Christmas in Skipton

Leeds Liverpool canal          

The canal itself is Britain’s longest, at 127 miles, and was originally used for transporting coal, stone, cloth and other cargo after its completion in 1816.


Of course the canal’s busy industrial heyday has now passed, but the Leeds-Liverpool is still enjoyed by thousands as a brilliant way of exploring the area, reliving the past and relaxing as the world passes by.

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe. With just under 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, over 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to run around and enjoy the fresh air, there is something for all ages. Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend, wander along the riverside, woodland and moorland paths, enjoy local produce in the excellent restaurants, tea rooms and cafes, treat yourself in the quality gift shops and food shop or simply relax beside the river with a picnic whilst the children play.

Visitors have long been welcome to Bolton Abbey and whilst we are open everyday from 9am, please check opening times for refreshments during the winter months.

Bolton Abbey

Yearly festival markets


The Yuletide Festival is an ideal opportunity to sample a great atmosphere – and to bag yourself a pre-Christmas bargain at the same time. In fact, you could do ALL your Christmas shopping in one go at the fabulous range of independent shops, market stalls and famous high street brands. Skipton also has two department stores – and a fabulous range of places to eat and drink.

Skipton Christmas market