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Skipton: 1-Hour Canal Cruise

1. Skipton: 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Welcome aboard the best 60 minutes of historic escapism you can find in Skipton. Enjoy a lively canal trip that proves you don't have to let planning or nasty weather get in the way of a good time. Keep your camera ready to capture the picturesque countryside scenery.  Your guide for the canal tour is award-winning comedian Dave Spikey of “Phoenix Nights” and “8 out of 10 Cats” fame. With his characteristic Northern patter, Dave takes you on a whistle-stop tour of Skipton and shares canal history that’s refreshingly different from your average commentary. Above the jokes and laughter, hear points of interest and fascinating stories of how the Leeds and Liverpool Canal delivered the lifeblood of the Industrial Revolution through Yorkshire. Food and drink are available onboard too for a fun twist on your lunchtime break.

Skipton: 2-Hour Afternoon Tea Cruise

2. Skipton: 2-Hour Afternoon Tea Cruise

Climb aboard a luxury canal boat and enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise. Start your cruise at the wharf, then sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery outside your window. There is a fully-licensed bar onboard, serving alcoholic and soft drinks, including local beers. During the 2-hour cruise on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, afternoon tea will be served at your table. Savor delicious selection of sandwiches, fruit scones with strawberry jam and cream, and decadent desserts. Enjoy unlimited tea and coffee along with your food.

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4.6 / 5

based on 616 reviews

Really enjoyed a special trip down the canal. The afternoon tea included sandwiches, plenty of tea and cakes! Do not eat before you come. The only downside was the Christmas music on repeat. Drove us a little nuts. Apart from that, really enjoyed it.

Lovely atmosphere and a warm welcome. The afternoon tea was well presented and delicious. A warm and friendly boat trip with like minded people. Highly recommended.

We really enjoyed our canal trip - it was a good experience. The crew were excellent and very attentive.

Great fun, nice boat, had bar for coffee, drinks and snacks. Smooth and chilled ride.

Relaxing, comfortable, educational, pleasurable. Good weather hoped! Thanks.