The market town of Skipton resides on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, with historical attractions and a charming community at its heart.

Living in Skipton

Skipton is a highly sought-after market town in North Yorkshire, nestled just outside the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. Voted the happiest place to live in the UK, it’s no surprise living in Skipton is very desirable. Life in Skipton is exciting, lively, and absorbing. With its famous 900-year-old castle, ruined priory and historic cobbled high street, Skipton is rich in both history and natural beauty.

Discover Skipton

Food & Drink
Schools in Skipton
Transport & Commuting
Family life in Skipton

Food & Drink

Skipton’s eating and drinking scene is next to none, and you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to go. Alexander's Bar & Kitchen is situated at the top of Skipton’s high-street. What makes this so unique is not just it’s great food, but it’s heated terraces and scenic views over the canal and hills. The Woolly Sheep Inn is a local bar that deserves your time if you fancy a well pulled, delicious pint. If it’s a coffee shop you’re looking for, then Bean Loved is a place that defies expectations, serving perfect hot beverages and even better brunch. Kibble Bakery is a unique spot in the town that should make everyone’s lists should you plan on buying a new home in Skipton. A dog friendly coffee house and artisan bakery serving all kinds of delicious treats that also acts as a spa and grooming salon for your dog!

Schools in Skipton

Skipton is home to many prestigious schools. If its primary and nursery you’re looking for, Greatwood Community Primary & Nursery School is well renowned for its esteemed results and being part of the Northern Star Academies Trust. The Skipton Academy has become one of the town’s most well know secondary schools for ages 11-16, for boys and girls.
For boys only, Ermysted's Grammar School is proud to hold a statistic of 96% for pupils who achieved grade 5 or more at GCSE. Meanwhile for girls, Skipton Girls High School has 873 students from age 11-18. At this school, 90% of pupils achieved grade 5 or more at GCSE.


When it comes to nightlife in Skipton, the town has a range of excellent bars that deliver amazing atmosphere and service no matter where you go. The Mess Room is one of the town’s most popular bars, serving a variety of ever-changing beers, ales, wines and spirits, alongside regular live music. Skipton has one of the best nightclubs in the north with Kooky, a popular destination that is open until 5am on the weekends. If you’re looking for something truly unique however, The Sound Bar is a popular destination for vinyl lovers and collectors, a popular bar that sells all things vintage vinyl as well as drinks and hosts live band sessions every Sunday. When it comes to living in Skipton, the nightlife is next to none.

Transport & Commuting

If you’re buying a new home in Skipton, there’s a possibility you may not be travelling to work in the town itself, but perhaps further out. The transport links make Skipton popular with commuters looking for easy access to the cities of York, Harrogate, and Leeds. It is an easily commutable town, extremely walkable to the town centre from wherever you are, but also has great bus routes to make life even more convenient, whether that’s to town, school, or work. Your family will feel right at home when it comes to life in Skipton.

Family life in Skipton

Living in Skipton is perfect for the family. In 2014, The Sunday Times named Skipton Britain's “best place to live” in their annual best places to live supplement, which lists no less than 101 places. The judges noted that Skipton’s buzzing high street, low crime rate, top class schools and excellent transport links all contributed to Skipton winning the crown. This combination of factors, especially the low crime rates and excellent schools are what make buying a new home in Skipton especially popular with families looking to settle down and focus on quality time as a family.

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Price range:£55,000
Bedrooms:2 - 3
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Price range:£77,250
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Life in Skipton

Searching for new homes in Skipton? it’s good to know the lay of the land and what this town has to offer.
Life in Skipton starts with its impressive and historical castle. As well as adding to Skipton’s picturesque backdrop, it’s a wonderful place to explore and bring the family for a day out. If you’re looking for more history of Skipton, you’ll find a selection of amazing artifacts and pictures at the Craven Museum and Gallery, located at the Town Hall.
Living in Skipton gives you easy access to its award-winning town centre, home to all your most loved high street shops as well as a collection of independent retailers. The very popular From The Source which sells a variety of fair trade and ethical clothing, accessories, and gifts. And if it’s for the younger ones in the family, The Geek Side is another great store that offers all sorts of pop culture goods.

New Homes in Skipton

Our exciting Ellerwood development is the perfect place to buy a new home in Skipton, with luxurious homes priced from only £455,000. Our two-to-three-bedroom homes are perfect for new families, looking to get their first home and grow from there.

For larger, more established families with older children, we have a great range of four-to-five-bedroom homes that will cater for these needs. These new homes in Skipton are extra special for their generous space, perfect for growing families.

Many of these homes include quartz worktops, walk-in wardrobes, and multiple double bedrooms. If living in Skipton takes your fancy, and it really should, then take a look at what we have to offer at our Ellerwood development.