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Skipton Town Hall

Skipton Town Hall is home to Craven Museum, Exhibition Gallery, Concert Hall and Skipton Tourist Information Centre.

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The Hall has its own performance, event and exhibition programmes, and undertakes a variety of cultural community projects. In addition the Concert Hall, Gallery and Annexe area are available to hire for third party public events, for private occasions or corporate away days/team building/meetings/conferences.

Please see the downloads section on the right of the page for more information on our current programme and hiring opportunities.

The Town Hall is currently undergoing some big changes to complete its transformation into an exciting and important cultural hub for the Craven area; the building is being lovingly restored and improved for the benefit of our community and visitors to Craven. Please click here for more information on the project and see our progress: Skipton Town Hall refurbishment

Click on the links below for more information about all of the things we have going on at Skipton Town Hall...

Concert Hall    Craven Museum

Exhibition Gallery    TIC

Brief history of the Town Hall

Skipton Town Hall was built in 1862, on the site of the former vicarage of Holy Trinity Church. The main hall was altered, with its height increased, in 1878 and was run as a public function room by a private company.

When Skipton Urban District Council was created in 1895, it bought the building to be the Town Hall, replacing the 'Old Town Hall' on Sheep Street. Late in the 19th century, a canopy of glass and ornate wrought iron was added on the front, but this was demolished during the 1950s. An extension was built in 1935 to increase office space.

Also located in the Town Hall is the council chamber where for over 100 years councils have held meetings; a particular point of interest in the chamber are the benches and chairs which were made by the legendary furniture maker Robert "Mouseman" Thompson.

  • Concert Hall

    The Concert Hall is the largest space in the Town Hall and is home to our performance programme as well as providing an excellent venue for various events and conferences.

  • Craven Museum

    Craven Museum offers impressive displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art, telling the fascinating story of Craven through the ages. It is also home to one of only four of Shakespeare's First Folios on permanent display in the world!

  • Exhibition Gallery

    Our exhibition gallery shows a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year, ranging from fine and applied arts and crafts, to heritage themes relating to our museum collections.

  • Tourist Information Centre

    Skipton Tourist Information Centre is located inside Skipton Town Hall and provides a comprehensive and valuable information service to visitors and the local community.

  • Room Hire at Skipton Town Hall

    Skipton Town Hall has five rooms that are available to hire.

  • Skipton Town Hall refurbishment

    The aim of the Council is to secure a sustainable future for a restored and improved Town Hall for use by the local community.

  • Getting to Skipton Town Hall

    Here you can find directions and information about parking near Skipton Town Hall.

  • Skipton Town Hall newsletter

    Please sign up here to receive news about Skipton Town Hall developments, performances and events.