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You will find a choice of interesting things to do in Knaresborough thanks to its unique geography and medieval heritage.

With its dramatic position perched on the top of the picturesque cliffs overlooking the River Nidd, and the majestic Victorian viaduct spanning the gorge – Knaresborough rewards those who are curious and keen to explore.

The ancient Norman Castle has stood its ground against several sieges over the centuries including those by the Parliamentary Forces in the English Civil War.

A visit to the castle gives a fascinating insight into its medieval life whilst the perfectly preserved Tudor courtroom in the adjacent Courtroom Museum conveys an authentic feel for Law and Order at the time.

Your Day out  in Knaresborough

The Frazer Theatre
Arts & Culture
Knaresborough
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The Frazer Theatre

Welcome to The Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough - home of The Knaresborough Players. The Frazer Theatre is located just off...

Knaresborough Castle & Museum
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Knaresborough
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Knaresborough Castle & Museum

A stronghold of medieval kings, Knaresborough Castle is beautifully set, overlooking the River Nidd. Explore Knaresborough Castle independently and...

Knaresborough Pool
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Knaresborough
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Knaresborough Pool

Situated on the south east side of Knaresborough at the top of the High street, Knaresborough pool is easily...

Knaresborough Windows
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Knaresborough
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Knaresborough Windows

Knaresborough’s “Town Windows” - a collection of public art works illustrating characters and events from the town’s long and...

Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well
Family Attractions
Knaresborough
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Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

Mother Shipton’s is a beloved Knaresborough landmark and England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630. This popular visitor attraction...

Nidd Gorge
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Nidd Gorge

Nestling between Harrogate and Knaresborough, the woodland, which dates back to at least 1600, is actually made up of...

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Knaresborough’s market continues to thrive every Wednesday after over 500 years, with a range of stalls that surround the statue of local hero, Blind Jack, in the Market Square.

A gentle walk down to the picturesque riverside opens up new vistas, and reveals hidden gems such as the Bebra Gardens. The waterside is a second focus of activity with cafes flanking the riverside and colourful boats are available to hire for – what else? – messing about on the river!

Those who love to be active will also find a plentiful supply of things to do in Knaresborough.

Get the most from your  Visit to Knaresborough

St Robert's Cave
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Knaresborough
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St Robert's Cave

The remains of St Robert’s Cave and chapel are a rare example of a medieval hermitage, cut out of...

Staveley Nature Reserve
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Knaresborough
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Staveley Nature Reserve

The 84 hectare Staveley Nature Reserve consists of a shallow lagoon edged with reedswamp, fen and flower-rich grassland with...

Knaresborough Round Walking Route
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Knaresborough
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Knaresborough Round Walking Route

This circular route around the Historic Castle town of Knaresborough takes in quiet lanes, river side paths and ancient...

Beryl Burton Cycle Way
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Beryl Burton Cycle Way

This fully surfaced cycle path connects Knaresborough to Harrogate and beyond, connecting to the Nidderdale Greenway which goes to...

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Walks along the river reveal a number of beauty spots and points of historical interest; the 12th century home of the medieval hermit St Robert and across the water, perhaps the strangest of Knaresborough’s attractions Mother Shipton’s Cave and the Petrifying Well – England’s oldest visitor attraction and the original home of its most famous prophetess.

If you want to blow away the cobwebs – why not explore the woodland tracks and trails which cross the Nidd Gorge and beyond

The Knaresborough Round is a circular walk that takes in many of the delightful villages that surround the town, each with a welcoming pub and beer garden where you can take moment and enjoy your surroundings.

For those who prefer two wheels, the Beryl Burton Cycleway provides an opportunity for traffic-free family cycling to both Ripley and Harrogate and takes in the grade II listed Nidd Gorge viaduct.

You might run out of energy, but you will not run out of things to do around Knaresborough.

Events in  Knaresborough

Badapple Theatre Company...
17th May 2022

Badapple Theatre Company...

This earth of majesty, at...
22nd May 2022

This earth of majesty, at...

Acoustic music night -...
27th May 2022

Acoustic music night -...

Jubilee Weekend at Mother...
28th May 2022

Jubilee Weekend at Mother...

Scott Bennett : Great Scott
28th May 2022

Scott Bennett : Great Scott

Jubilee Celebrations in...
2nd Jun 2022

Jubilee Celebrations in...

Little Bird Artisan Market,...
4th Jun 2022

Little Bird Artisan Market,...

Great Knaresborough Bed Race...
11th Jun 2022

Great Knaresborough Bed Race...

Morgan & West: The Three...
16th Jul 2022

Morgan & West: The Three...

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Blogs in  Knaresborough

Rain or shine…

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Giant Snow Globe Brings...
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Giant Snow Globe Brings...

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Six Spots to Spot Santa

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District of illuminations

District of illuminations

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Knaresborough lights up

10 reasons why a day out in...
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