This is a great day out which as well as giving you the chance to visit 3 of Yorkshire's finest castles, also gives you a wonderful scenic drive around Nidderdale and The Dales.
Our first stop is in Ripley where we we'll visit the 700 year old Ripley Castle with its deer park, walled garden and lake.
Ripley Castle has been the home of the Ingilby family for twenty-six generations and Sir Thomas and Lady Ingilby and their five children continue the tradition. We will follow the lives of one family for nearly 700 years and how they have been affected by events in English history.
The Old Tower dates from 1555 and houses splendid armour, books, panelling and a Priest's Secret Hiding Place, together with fine paintings, china, furnishings and chandeliers collected by the family over centuries.
From Ripley we will visit Knaresborough, and its castle. Knaresborough Castle is situated at the top of a large cliff, with a commanding view of the River Nidd and the Forest of Knaresborough. The castle ruins do not convey its important role in the development of the English nation.
The earliest castle at Knaresborough was established after the Norman conquest, predating the standing fourteenth century remains by nearly 200 years. Throughout its long history, the castle has been in royal control or held directly by the crown with King John and Edward's I, II & III having influence on the castle's structure.
We will then head across the Yorkshire Dales to the market town of Skipton to see Skipton Castle which was carefully restored to its former glory by Lady Anne Clifford after the Civil War in the 1640's.
The Castle is over 900 years old and is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England.
Remember that our tours are flexible and we can adapt schedules as required. This trip will also allow us to explore the towns in a bit more depth as well as the medieval fortresses, stopping for refreshements as the day requires.