Top Three Rated Hotels In Skipton
The Rendezvous Hotel
Three Star Accommodation | On-Site Restaurant | Canal Views
With 96 bedrooms, this family-run hotel is at the centre of Skipton's community, holding regular events. Their staff are attentive and friendly and the rooms are of a high standard. They are just a short distance from the centre of town and offer fantastic access to the dales and beyond. Their canalside restaurant is delightful, offering straightforward, well-presented food. They offer fantastic late deals.
Throstle Nest Farm
B&B | Stunning Location
The Throstle Nest is a Bed and Breakfast on the outskirts of Skipton, it opened in 2012, when ex-farmer John bought Throstle Nest Farm. It’s a business with family and good customer service at its heart, and this all contributes to it being included in this roundup of Skiptons most polite businesses! The Throstle Nest is set in stunning surroundings with beautiful views from all angles!
The Tempest Arms
The Good Pub Guide | Homely Rooms
The Tempest Arms is well known for their restaurant, which is amongst the highest rated in Skipton. They also offer excellent accommodation, in a suburb location, with fantastic views of the rolling countryside.
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Hotels in Skipton And Why To Visit Skipton
Skipton has a rich and diverse history, with a vibrant community, it is the Gateway to the Dales, the most polite place in the UK and was recently crowned the happiest place in the Uk… so there’s no surprise that tourism in Skipton is a fantastic industry, offering visitors an excellent destination for a break. What’s more, there are many hotels in Skipton, to suit all tastes and budgets, which means that visitors are spoilt for choice.
History & Architecture
One of the main reasons tourists choose to visit Skipton, is its unique history. When taking a walk round town, you are reminded of its long and exciting history. Not least is the famous Skipton Castle, which reveals the significance of the town. Its weekly market was recently voted the best small outdoor market in the UK, and with its extensive offering of everything from local produce to regional flowers its easy to see why. The scores of people who choose hotels in Skipton as their base often spend entire days admiring the unique architecture of the town, which has developed over thousands of years.
Almost all of the buildings in town have a story to them, including many of the excellent restaurants, such as Le Caveau, which can be found in an underground location, and is said to have once been a jail, which is said to have housed many of the regions criminals.
Skipton also has a prominent Victorian history with many of its impressive buildings having a story. Watch our guide to some of the Victorian Hot Spots in Skipton below, for a flavour of what’s on offer.
Who can forget the infamous Sheep Street, which is said to be one of the most haunted streets in the entire of the UK. Its long history has many secrets, and if you’re interested in finding out more, there are often history tours. Especially as the autumn and winter nights draw in, emphasizing the haunted past of our fair Sheep Town.
Tourists often enjoy long walks through Skipton Castle and its adjoining woods. Recently, the woodland trust has been working tirelessly to develop a regular schedule of intriguing events, which all centre around the beautiful woodland, which is just a stones throw from the bustling town centre. Find out more about The Woodland Trust here.
As well as the beautiful architecture and spectacular woodland, most of the hotels in Skipton will have insider knowledge on the best places to visit when it comes to culture, so make sure to ask your receptionist or host. There’s Skipton Town Hall, which has a regular offering of music, ranging from classical string Quartets, to delightful musical performances from famous production companies. You can find out what’s on around Skipton by visiting our regularly updated What’s On section. If music isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy the regular exhibitions that are hosted at Skipton Town Hall Museum.
Shopping in Skipton
Skipton Market is known far and wide as one of the best markets in the UK. Operating on select days throughout the year, you can find out everything you need to know about the market by clicking here. But the fantastic shopping doesn’t end with the Skipton market. Shops such as Mauds House and Sophies Handbags, are brilliant examples of the independent shopping which Skipton has on offer. Craven Court shopping centre is a brilliant place to start, stunning in terms of architecture, and full of unique and lovely shops!
Bars, pubs and restaurants
Once you’ve found a hotel in Skipton, you’ll be interested in finding some great food and drink! Luckily for visitors, there is no shortage of fantastic eateries, which include the sensational array of cafes, such as The Cake’Ole, which is a quirky cafe with a passion for creating delicious cakes and great customer service. If you’d like a few drinks, there’s everything from classy cocktails at Bojangles, to a great selection of real ale pubs and bars, such as The Sound Bar, which also works as a record shop and regularly hosts talented local musicians. Take a look at some of our restaurant and bar guides for inspiration on where’s best for you!
Regular Events Take Over The Town
If you’re wondering when the best time to book a hotel in Skipton is, why not plan your trip in accordance with one of the regular events, which take over the town. From the annual Car Show, which sees hundreds of vintage car owners flock to town to show off their marvelous wheels, to the Skipton Puppet Festival, which is one of the busiest weekends in the vibrant Skipton calendar. There’s also Sheep Day, which both excites and confuses visitors… it’s a day dedicated to Skiptons Spirit Animal and the origin of the town’s name… The Sheep!
For more ideas on activities available in our glorious Sheep Town check out our Things to do in Skipton or for events this weekend check our weekly blog posts on things to do in our What’s On Section.
Other helpful resources: Restaurant and Drinking Guides