Skipton is a market town and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. Historically in the East Division of Staincliffe Wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is on the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to the south of the Yorkshire Dales. Often referred to as the southern gateway to the Dales, a small and friendly town with cobbled streets, it began life when the owners of Skipton Castle acquired a market charter in 1204 and has thrived ever since.
The town has kept its medieval layout with the magnificent castle dominating the skyline. Explore the traditional high street and market place with alleys and covered passages between what were originally narrow landholdings known as tofts and crofts. Today these are busy pedestrian areas packed with fascinating shops and boutiques, inns and courtyards.