When you’re travelling with a dog it’s always good to have a rough idea of which places will welcome dogs at your destination, but sometimes the dog friendly places that you come across by chance can be even better than you could have anticipated, and Skipton Castle is one of those hidden gems that we discovered on a recent trip to Yorkshire!
Elsa absolutely loved wandering around Skipton Castle: she sniffed every inch of the banqueting hall, stuck her head through the arrow slits where archers once marked their targets to protect the castle from invaders and soaked up the atmosphere by the yew tree that was planted in 1659 by Lady Anne Clifford in The Conduit Court.
Although we did try and leave her in the dungeon, she wasn’t too impressed with that idea!
Most of Britain’s ancient castles lie in ruins nowadays and it always surprises me when they do not even allow dogs within the grounds, let alone inside the buildings! Skipton Castle is remarkably well preserved, considering that is over 900 years old and their dog friendly policy doesn’t seem to have caused an increased rate of deterioration - in fact it may even be helping to keep the castle in a good state of repair by attracting more visitors who enjoy exploring Britain’s landscape and historical landmarks with their paws!
- The only places that dogs aren’t allowed to go in Skipton Castle are the gift shop and the restaurant.
- Skipton seems to be quite a dog friendly place overall, we saw lots of restaurants and shops welcoming dogs inside and this market town is also the home of Kibble Bakery, a dog shop and coffee house that has a whole menu just for dogs!