Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Welcome

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

The Hall has its own performance, event and exhibition programmes, and undertakes a variety of cultural community projects. In addition the Concert Hall, Gallery, Annexe and The Hub are available to hire for third party public events and private occasions.

Please see the 'What's On' section more information on our current programme.

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

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.