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Skipton is known as the 'Gateway to the Dales' and Skipton Castle is its main attraction. This magnificent castle dates back to 1090 and is acknowledged as being one of the most complete and well-preserved castles in England. The castle is fully roofed and has a beautiful, early Tudor courtyard at its centre with a yew tree planted in 1659 by Lady Anne Clifford (see 'more photos') -- she was born here and is famous for her post Civil War restoration of various castles. The main entrance to the castle (see 'more photos') carries the Clifford family motto 'Desormais' meaning 'henceforth'
Visitors are given a sheet (available in 8 languages) which has 40 small sketches which take the visitor on a tour of the maze of rooms in the castle -- hopefully you arrive back at the beginning ....
The castle is open every day except December 25th -- for more details of the castle and admission charges please refer to the below website.
Directions: Skipton is on the A65 at the south end of the Yorkshire Dales -- the castle is in the centre of the town, behind the church.