The remarkable 900 year old Skipton Castle became a major stronghold by the late C13th.
Owned by the powerful Clifford Lords, it saw them participating in all the major battles, from Bannockburn to Crecy; Agincourt to the Wars of the Roses.
The Tudor Wing was added in 1536, when Eleanor Brandon, niece of Henry VIII married the 2nd Earl.
The Civil War saw the Royalist Skipton Castle sustain a three-year siege, surrendering on most favourable terms.
Later slighted, by having its cannon bearing flat roofs demolished, Skipton Castle was restored by Lady Anne Clifford.
Today the Castle still stands complete and habitable.
The 350 year old Yew tree planted by Lady Anne Clifford, still survives in the beautiful Conduit Court today.
Above the imposing Gatehouse with its four strong towers, the motto of the Cliffords is still strong and clear– Desormais – Henceforth.
Imagine what life was like when Skipton Castle provided protection and security from invaders.
Relax in the picnic area or in the new tea room or visit the shop for more information.
Even now more historic finds are being discovered.
Recently an ancient well was uncovered, helping to explain how the castle garrison survived the siege of 1643-5.
Every visitor to the Castle is given a comprehensive Tour Sheet (available in 10 languages) with 40 drawings and descriptions of interesting features.
|2020 Opening (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Open everyday from 10am (Sundays from 11am). Last admissions 5pm (Oct - Feb 4pm). Closed 23rd - 25th December.
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