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Skipton Castle - A Complete Medieval Fortress

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Your Visit

We are open for 7 days a week,  Monday to Sunday from 10am-4pm (last admissions),

Your safety is our priority. Please book online and at least 24 hours in advance for a guaranteed time slot.This also helps manage numbers, limit queuing and reduce contact for a more enjoyable and relaxed experience. Skipton Castle has received the new Visit Britain Kitemark "Good to Go" in recognition of our continuing work to make Skipton Castle as safe as we can for all our visitors and staff. We will continue to follow UK industry and government updates based on the latest advice. Bookings for self guiding tours are available via our website.

If you are a Friend of Skipton Castle, please call the office on 01756 792442 or to book your visit during office hours Monday-Friday 10am-3pm. We will need your contact details: Name, Tel, Email and the number in your group to make your booking. You will receive a confirmation email which you will need to bring along with your Friends card. Please note your friends membership has been extended by 4 months.



We aim to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.

BOOK ONLINE IN ADVANCE. On arrival you will be asked for your name and booking reference.

KEEP HANDS CLEAN. Installation of hand sanitising stations are on-site for visitors and staff.

SELF GUIDING ONE-WAY ROUTE. There will be a self-guiding one-way route for up to an hour and a half around the ancient castle. Helpful signage will allow for social distancing. There is no time limit in the grounds.

FACE COVERING. Please wear face covering in all indoor areas of the Castle.

TOILETS OPEN. Only one person at a time will be allowed in the toilets. Please use sanitisers available.

PAYMENTS. No cash will be accepted - contactless payments only.

SHOP & CLIFFORD TEA ROOMS are OPEN. Please follow signage to assist social distancing.

PARKING. The Bailey Carpark BD23 1UA is open 7 days a week , Monday to Sunday 9.30am -5pm. Book online with your Castle booking or pay at the Kiosk with a card or contactless. (cards only)

DOGS are allowed on a lead within the Castle. The only exceptions are the Tearoom & Shop. Please make sure you clean up if there are any accidents and please make sure they do no pee on the grass. Dogs are also allowed within our woods but please keep them on a lead. 



COVID-19 Statement

Skipton Castle is committed to prioritising the safety of staff and visitors at all times.  The company will work together to take all appropriate measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for staff and visitors to the Castle.

To do this a risk assessment has been completed which identifies possible risks, and the measures we can put into place to reduce the risk.  We have implemented a number of procedures to reduce the risk of infection, and to demonstrate to our visitors that we offer a safe visitor experience


These include:

  • Several hand sanitising units on site, for staff and visitors
  • Installing protective screens around our till areas. Ensuring each department is clean and where required, PPE is provided for staff
  • Signage to inform visitors, to maintain social distancing from their arrival throughout the Castle
  • On-line booking system for visitors, with time slots which control the number of visitors allowed inside the Castle
  • A self-guiding one-way route around the Castle allowing for social distancing
  • Face masks / coverings to be worn inside the Castle, Shop and Tearooms unless seated at a table
  • Enhanced cleaning of facilities & high touch areas


Skipton Castle Access Statement

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