The Castle Inn is a traditional English pub situated in the oldest part of Skipton, nestling under the shadow of the medieval Skipton Castle. We serve homemade pub food every day from 11am and a selection of cask ales is always available. Everyone is welcome whether you’re a local or a visitor; whether you’re dining with us or just want to put your feet up and watch the world go by from our fantastic beer garden. Our menu has something for everyone including our famous Steak & Old Peculier Pie, the Mighty Mixed Grill and the Castle Tower Burger. Remember to check today’s specials!
The Castle Inn is a grade II English Heritage listed building dating back to the early 1800s. As coaching house, it provided shelter and nourishment for the many visitors to the town’s ancient agricultural market. The original stables still exist today to the rear of the inn.
On Sunday 19th June 1853, lightning struck Holy Trinity church causing the west pinnacle (estimated at 1½ tons) to fall with a tremendous crash. One large piece narrowly missed The Castle Inn and broke part of the causeway. The incident occurred towards the end of the morning service and a contemporary account tells of the congregation being so alarmed that they rushed out of the church without their hats!
The Castle Inn gets a mention in the 1862 diary of Richard Ryley – a weaver living in Barnoldswick. Richard Ryley was a musician and describes several “playing excursions”. This informal ‘busking’ born out of deprivation was a novelty to Richard and his friends. The entry for May 12th records “No work. Went with four others on a playing excursion through Thornton to Broughton Hall, where, after playing 3 tunes we got 2s. 6d. On our way to Skipton we got wet to the skin; on our arrival we went to the Castle Inn where we each got a bowl of good warm broth, but the landlady knowing our circumstances would have nothing in return.”
In the 1950s the Inn played host to Skipton Jazz Club – held upstairs and started by Ivan Wright. The Inn even had it’s own band called The Castle Inn band. A member of the band recalls the bass player – who travelled to Skipton from Shipley on the bus – having to by a ticket for his bass as well as himself.
During the second world war, The War Agriculture Executive Committee – based just behind The Castle Inn – organised the Women’s Land Army.
If you have any memories of The Castle Inn, we’d love to hear them.
Despite a large growth in population over the last century, Skipton now has many fewer pubs than in previous times. The town’s agricultural market – held on the High Street until 1906 – attracted farmers, dealers and drovers from far and wide. As such, the many visitors brought in plenty of trade for inns and taverns offering food, ale and shelter. There are very few buildings on the High Street that haven’t had an association with the licence trade at some point. And the lack of a licence didn’t stop folk enjoying a drink. Way back in 1638, 19 Skiptonians were charged with keeping a common alehouse without a Justices’ licence.
The following poem was written at the end of the last century by Herbert Wilkes – Skipton’s postman poet. At this time, all the public houses named (except those in the last two verses) were flourishing.
And make the Bay horse fly
He’ll turn the Wheat Sheaf upside down
And drink the Fountain dry
He’ll leave a mark upon the Fleece
Take shine out of the Star
And make King William sue for peace
Before the Castle bar
He’ll crush the Midland on his tour
And make the Shepherd scream
Despatch Commercials any hour
To Devonshire for cream
He’ll twist the Cross Keys out of shape
And fill the Nag with dread
The Albion shall not escape
The Hart must lose it’s head
He’ll make the New Ship spring a leak
Give Craven Arms a jerk
And make the Kings afraid to speak
When Joiners are at work
He’ll straighten up the Rose and Crown
The Royal Oak must fall
He’ll knock the Cock and Bottle down
And close the Hole in t’Wall
He’ll slip the Thanet’s down a nick
And make the Heifer grin
Then cater off and throw the Brick
Beyond the Railway Inn
He’ll make the Craven look forlorn
And strain Old George’s hip
Destroy the boasting Unicorn
And the upset the Ship
He’ll make the White Horse scrape and bow
The Jolly Sailors fight
The Mason’s Arms will strike a blow
Before the Sun is bright
He’ll trample on the Woodman’s scone
T’Black Bull will turn away
And flight alone will save the Swan
Before he meets his day
Our menu has something for everyone including our famous Steak & Old Peculier Pie, the Mighty Mixed Grill and the Castle Tower Burger.
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An outstanding stone-built property, part of a mill conversion and set over three floors. One lower ground floor double bedroom. Lower ground floor bathroom room with shower, basin and WC. Well equipped ground floor fitted kitchen with dining area. Small lower ground floor utility area. First floor sitting room with Juliet balcony. A stone’s throw from the castle and the award-winning high street of the ever-popular market town of Skipton. This first-class cottage enjoys an enviable central location overlooking the Thanet Canal and the famous Skipton Castle. It has been thoughtfully converted to provide superb facilities, yet it still retains the immense character and charm of the original dwelling. Modern styling and elegant furnishings are evident throughout the accommodation in the cottage, which features a lovely first floor sitting room with Juliet balcony, perfect for enjoying the lovely views of the canal. A fabulous location for a romantic break this Skipton cottage is in an ideal location for enjoying the town, with a great range of new and old pubs, restaurants and the famous canal basin just a short stroll away, and there is excellent walking from the doorstep. Further afield, enjoy moorland walks at Bolton Abbey, the mouthwatering local farmers’ markets at Grassington or visit elegant Harrogate – all within easy reach. An ideal Dales retreat, whatever the time of year. Amenities include gas central heating. Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio/CD, selection of books, DVDs and CDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Roadside parking available nearby. Sorry, no pets, no smoking and no infants or children under 12.
THE CASTLE INN
2 Mill Bridge, BD23 1NJ, Skipton
+44 01756 796304
Monday – Sunday
11:00 – 23:00
We are also available for private hiring for wedding receptions, birthdays and many occasions!
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