Visit charming Skipton and enjoy its bustling market with free time to browse among the stalls or to buy a pie from its famous pie shop, there is also time for a bite for lunch. Skipton Market is unique in the way it operates. Its history dates back to medieval times, when a Royal Charter from King John granted consent to ‘The Lord of the Honour’ of Skipton Castle to hold a fair on Skipton High Street.
This consent still holds true today – and the current owner of Skipton Castle grants the rights to hold the market on four days each week. For many years, the market in Skipton was a place where animals were traded. The town’s close association with sheep is reflected in the name. Skipton actually means ‘Sheep Town’ – so the historic link will always remain.
The trading of animals still takes place, on an almost daily basis, in Skipton – but this trading now takes place in the purpose-built Auction Mart on the outskirts of Town. The historic fairs of medieval times, and the associated trading of animals, have long since been replaced by what we now recognise as a traditional street market, but the principles are the same – a group of traders get together on the High Street, and sell their wares.
Harrogate is the definitive boutique spa town in the heart of Yorkshire. Its thriving streets buzz with busy Harrogate shops and eateries. An eclectic cultural scene of events is interspersed among many popular consumer shows and the spa heritage which can be seen at every turn.
Possibly the most distinctive feature of Harrogate is its vast open space that surrounds the town centre, known locally as the Stray, at 200 acres this gives Harrogate town centre a green and spacious feel unique to the town.
Harrogate is known for its eclectic, elegant and diverse range of shops, a reputation that not only Harrogate, but all the nearby market towns and the city of Ripon live up to with ease.
Once a popular destination for European high society, nowadays Harrogate shopping it is just as fashionable and you can find all the leading high-street names with their quality brands sitting alongside stylish independents.
Art lovers and antique hunters will love the zigzag of cobbled streets in Harrogate’s Montpellier Quarter or in the ancient town of Ripon.
Specialist shops around Harrogate and its surrounding towns and city have a unique range of home accessories and gift items so if you are looking for something a little bit different to take home with you or looking for a piece of home furniture with a bit of originality, you will be spoilt for choice.