For centuries an important centre of the wool
trade, Skipton was settled by sheep farmers in the
7th century and grew in prosperity once the main
Leeds-Liverpool Canal reached Airedale.
|Today it relies largely on visitors and has much to boast about. Skipton Castle, for example, is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Britain and rears up behind the fine, part-14th century Holy Trinity Church.|
Although the castle largely dates to the 14-17th
centuries, one Norman gateway has survived.
Among its treasures are a huge banqueting hall, a dungeon and a room decorated with seashells.
|Parcevall Hall Gardens, at nearby Skyreholme, offer 16 acres of magnificent hillside scenery as well as superb views of Wharfedale while Craven Museum gives an intimate insight into the natural and social history of the area.|