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The Tour de France, 2019 UCI Road World Championships, and three previous editions of the Tour de Yorkshire have all visited Skipton, but the town has never hosted a previous stage start or finish until now.

As the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, people travel the length and breadth of the country to visit this charming market town.

You can’t fail to be impressed by the variety of historical treasures that Skipton has to offer. The grand 11th century Skipton Castle forms a dramatic centrepiece to this bustling town and is one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles in England.

The nearby Craven Museum and Gallery is another popular attraction and one of only four places in the British Isles to have one of Shakespeare’s First Folios (dating back to 1623) on permanent public display.

Once you’ve emerged from the past, you’ll be greeted by quaint and colourful cobbled streets, ancient woodland and famous waterways. Skipton’s award-winning High Street features a blend of independent and national shops and a bustling market is also held here four days a week.


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