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Things to do on a wet day in Skipton

Thursday 23 June 2011

Things to do on a rainy day in Skipton

  • Visit Craven Museum & Gallery in the Town Hall in Skipton. It’s free, and it’s got one of only four Shakespeare First Folios on permanent public display in the world. There are also lots of interesting exhibits, short films to watch, interactives for children (and adults), changing exhibitions in the gallery, and a good, inexpensive, museum shop. See
  • Visit the library. Upstairs contains lots of old maps and reference books about the history of Skipton – if you live here, find your house; if you’re just visiting, find out more or read the newspaper in peace.
  • Go to Skipton Castle. Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year, whatever the weather. See for details of admission charges, plans of the castle, and check out the Fun Page for free downloadable activities for children before you visit.
  • Go for a walk around Skipton woods. Admission free and you can spot dippers and kingfishers if you’re lucky. If you go to the famous pork pie shop on Mill Bridge (ask someone the way in Skipton High Street) and stand with your back to the shop you can see the path to the woods on the other side of the road next to the canal. The path gives you a fantastic view of the back of the castle – see if you can spot the loo! - and you pass the old quarry. There are lots of free downloadable children’s activity packs at For more details on Skipton woods, see

Enjoy your day in Skipton and beyond, whatever the weather!



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