History & Heritage
900 year old Skipton Castle is one of the best-preserved and most complete medieval castles in England, despite enduring a three-year siege in the Civil War.
Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle; view the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy, climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top storey of the Watch Tower.
Skipton Castle is open daily from 10am (Sunday 12 noon), except for 25 December. Last admission is at 6pm (October - February 4pm).
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
A World Heritage Site, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a huge estate including the spectacular 12th Century remains of the most complete Cistercian abbey in Britain and one of England’s most extensive ornamental Georgian water gardens.
Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the valley of the river Skell, on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal are only 30 miles from the historic city of York and 9 miles from the A1.
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 open everyday from 9am, please check opening times for refreshments during the winter months.