10 Facts About Skipton


Skipton is a market town and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England.

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Skipton Castle was built in 1090 as a wooden motte-and-bailey by Robert de Romille, a Norman baron.

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Skipton became a prosperous market town, trading sheep and woollen goods: its name derives from the Old English sceap and tun.

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In 2016 Skipton was voted the best place to live in England for the second time, having been voted for by the Sunday Times, two years earlier.

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Skipton is part of the parliamentary constituency of Skipton and Ripon, which was created in 1983.

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Skipton has its own town council consisting of 16 councillors, formed by 4 members from each of the four wards within the parish boundaries, North, East, South and West.

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On Saturday 13 July 1901, a gala was held in Skipton to raise money for the Skipton and District Cottage Hospital, built at the time of Queen Victoria's Jubilee, held on the Brick Buildings Fields off Bailey Road.

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Skipton has numerous public houses, three nightclubs and several restaurants.

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Leeds and Liverpool Canal runs through Skipton and is a popular destination for tourists, with walking and boat hire.

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Skipton is host to a free weekly Parkrun event which takes place in Aireville Park.

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