Skipton is a market town in North Yorkshire, England. It is located on the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, 16 miles northwest of Bradford. Skipton is well known for its well-preserved mediaeval castle which looks down the High Street. It is nicknamed the "Gateway to the Dales", it lies on the south side of the scenic Yorkshire Dales.
The High Street runs down from Skipton Castle and the Holy Trinity Church past former coaching inns and workshops. In 2008, the High Street was voted "Best shopping spot in Britain" by the Academy of Urbanism.
The Town Hall is often used for social events and crafts fairs and is the home of the local history museum. The town has two theatres - the Little Theatre and the Mart Theatre - and several pubs, nightclubs and restaurants.
Nearby attractions include the cobbled streets of Grassington village, Malam Tarn and Moor with its limestone pavements, scenic Wharfedale, Bolton Abbey and White Scar Cave at Ingleton.
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