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Things To Do Around Knaresborough

You’ll 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.

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.

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 is Mother Shipton’s Cave and the Petrifying Well – England’s oldest visitor attraction and the original home of its most famous prophetess.

If you are wanting 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 won’t run out of things to do around Knaresborough.

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  1. Knaresborough Castle & Museum

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    Knaresborough Castle & Museum


    Castle / Fort


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

    Explore Knaresborough Castle independently or join a tour to discover the history of the King’s Chamber, visit the dungeon and scurry through the secret underground exit (sallyport).

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  2. Games in the Park - Knaresborough Castle Yard

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    Games in the Park - Knaresborough Castle Yard




    The Castle Yard at Knaresborough offers a bowling green and 18 holes of putting, all in the beautiful surroundings of Knaresborough Castle with dramatic views out across the River Nidd.

  3. Carriages

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    Carriages Wine Bar and Restaurant sits within a quaint Grade II listed building, above a Victorian railway tunnel, in the picturesque North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough. Family owned and run, Carriages is renowned locally for a superb standard of service in tasteful, relaxed surroundings...

  4. Games in the Parks - Conyngham Hall

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    Games in the Parks - Conyngham Hall


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    Conyngham Hall Park is a beautiful green space on the edge of Knaresborough, perfect for family games and picnics.

    The grounds of Conyngham Hall are open for walking and ball games by the banks of the River Nidd, and up by the hall there are hireable games for families and groups.   


  5. Knaresborough Market

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    Knaresborough Market




    Every Wednesday is Market Day in Knaresborough, in fact there’s been a Market every  week  in the Square since 1310.

    Here you’ll  find the true taste of Yorkshire with a vast selection of locally grown fresh seasonal produce , Yorkshire meat , fresh fish from the coast , an array of local  Cheeses...

  6. Stave

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    Staveley Nature Reserve


    Nature Reserve


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

    The reserve features a number of different plant communities, most of which can be seen from the public footpath.

    Over 230 plant species are found,...

  7. Knaresborough Tourist Information Centre

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    Knaresborough Tourist Information Centre


    Knaresborough is a quintessential market town with an olde-worlde feel and home to England's oldest attraction, Mother Shipton's Cave.

    The Knaresborough Tourist Information Centre is just off the Market Place, close to the 12th century castle ruins

    The Tourist Information Centre in...

  8. The Frazer Theatre

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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 the High Street behind Zolsha restaurant and Tesco. It is owned by The Knaresborough Players, an amateur dramatics society formed in 1962. The Knaresborough Players are a...

  9. Knaresborough Round Walking Route

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    Knaresborough Round Walking Route


    Walking Route


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

    With less than 300 metres of climbing the route is achievable in one long day, or can be broken up into several small more leisurely...

  10. Spofforth Castle

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    Spofforth Castle


    Castle / Fort


    Spofforth Castle was once a grand and important house, scene of lavish banquets and powerful seat of power over of the surrounding feudal lands, and has stood in some form since at least the time of the Norman Conquest.

    Still recognisable for what it was the castle and surrounding park are...

  11. Mother Shipton's Cave

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    Mother Shipton's Cave




    Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630.

    It was home to the famous prophetess Mother Shipton who lived some 500 years ago in the reign of Henry VIII. Also within the park the Petrifying Well still stands as a unique, unspoilt remnant of the...

  12. St Robert's Cave

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    St Robert's Cave


    Natural Feature


    The remains of St Robert’s Cave and chapel are a rare example of a medieval hermitage , cut out of magnesium limestone bedrock & consists of the Cave , a domestic  area and a small chapel which contains the grave and altar platform.

    St Robert of Knaresborough was born Robert Flower in York to a...

  13. Knaresborough Windows

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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 rich history can be seen around the town centre on various buildings. The art works use the technique of trompe l’oeil - a painting style that sets out to ‘fool the eye’...

  14. Knaresborough Golf Club

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    Knaresborough Golf Club


    Golf Course


    Even before you use any of the great facilities at Knaresborough Golf Club, you will be impressed by your first sight of the course and the practice area as you arrive down the tree lined driveway. We have a 280m practice range with distance markers, practice bunkers and a pitching green adjacent...

  15. Beryl Burton Cycle Way

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    Beryl Burton Cycle Way


    Cycle Route


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

    The cycleway offers an alternative to the often busy A59 and is not only traffic free, but picturesque as it passes...

  16. Main Swimming Pool

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    Knaresborough Pool


    Leisure / Swimming Pool


    Welcome to Knaresborough Swimming Pool - A laned swimming pool with an attached leisure pool which is shallow throughout and is particularly suitable for youngsters and learners but there are plenty of opportunities for serious swimmers and adults too.

    We offer a variety of swimming sessions from...

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