Arriving at Skipton Castle

 

Since we had so much fun on the 4th of July, we decided to take another trip and explore another castle on Saturday. This time, we opted for an intact castle in Skipton. It was absolutely amazing! The Skipton Castle was built in 1090 by a Norman baron named Robert de Romille. The property was granted to the Clifford family in the 1310 by Edward II. It withstood 3 years of being under siege (1642-1645) during the English Civil War. The castle was restored afterward by Lady Anne Clifford. It remained the seat of the Cliffords until 1676. Their banner still waves over the castle with the permission of the current Lord Clifford.

The castle is very well maintained and is one of the most well preserved medieval castles in the area. They give you a map to guide you through the castle and make sure you see the entire space as is open to the public. Crazy enough, there is a private residence that is still in use off to one side. The grounds are beautiful and the kids loved exploring, discovering, and performing! They found the bathroom to be very funny and could not believe that it was very modern for it’s time. Here Alex explains:

 

Here a performance from Hazel in the formal dining room. I’m sure the entertainment from the period was very similar.

 

 

Rapunzel in the tower at Skipton Castle

Rapunzel in the tower at Skipton Castle

They loved climbing on the old, thick walls that made up the tower. And they really enjoyed pretending to shoot out of the arrow slits. No one was particularly fond of the dungeon. It was interesting to me to try to imagine what it would have been like living in the castle during a siege for 3 years. How would it look trying to go about everyday life while being hit by cannon fire, arrows, and whatever else coming your way.

 

 

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After we explored the castle, we went for a short canal boat ride followed by getting ice cream from a canal boat.

 

View of the canal from the boat
Nothing beats ice cream from a tug boat!

 

They also sold duck food, so we fed some ducks as well. We went for a walk next to the castle before heading back for dinner and the train ride home.

Another fun day!

 

This looks sweet, but it was after LOTS of fighting over who would be the leader. We had them hold hands and share the lead. They were equally unhappy with this solution.

This looks sweet, but it was after LOTS of fighting over who would be the leader. We had them hold hands and share the lead. They were equally unhappy with this solution.

 

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