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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

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    Castle / Fort

    Knaresborough

    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).

  2. Petrifying Well at Mother Shiptons

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    Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

    Type

    Cave

    Knaresborough

    Mother Shipton’s is a beloved Knaresborough landmark and England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630. This popular visitor attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the Petrifying Well.

     

    Historic Woodland Walk

    A picturesque mile-long walk along the River Nidd…

  3. Games in the Park - Knaresborough Castle Yard

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    Games in the Park - Knaresborough Castle Yard

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    Putting/Pitch'n'Put

    Knaresborough

    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.

  4. Knaresborough Round Walking Route

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    Knaresborough Round Walking Route

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    Walking Route

    Knaresborough

    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…

  5. St Robert's Cave

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    St Robert's Cave

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    Natural Feature

    Knaresborough

    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…

  6. Spofforth Castle

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    Spofforth Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Harrogate

    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…

  7. Stave

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    Staveley Nature Reserve

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    Nature Reserve

    Knaresborough

    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,…

  8. Harrogate Golf Club

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    Harrogate Golf Club

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    Golf Course

    Harrogate

    Harrogate Golf Club  was established in 1892 and is the oldest club in Harrogate. It has a long and respected history having hosted National Championships and regularly staging County events. 

    Its mature course measures a little less than 6250 yards and is on fairly flat terrain. The Club is…

  9. Nidd Gorge

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    Nidd Gorge

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    Natural Feature

    Knaresborough

    Nestling between Harrogate and Knaresborough, the woodland, which dates back to at least 1600, is actually made up of five woods, Coalpits Wood, Bilton Banks, Spring Wood, Scotton Banks and Gates Wood.

    A local conservation site, the valley woodlands and the surrounding agricultural land are a…

  10. Knaresborough Golf Club

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    Knaresborough Golf Club

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    Golf Course

    Knaresborough

    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…

  11. Games in the Parks - Conyngham Hall

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    Games in the Parks - Conyngham Hall

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    Crazy Golf

    Knaresborough

    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.   

    The…

  12. Knaresborough Market

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    Knaresborough Market

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    Market

    Knaresborough

    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…

  13. Nidderdale Greenway

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    Nidderdale Greenway

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    Cycle Route

    Harrogate

    The former railway line is also known as the Nidderdale Greenway.

    As well as developing the traffic-free path, this route development included bringing back into use the Grade 2 listed, seven-arch Nidd Gorge Viaduct and providing new safe crossings of the A61 near Ripley.

    The Greenway also links…

  14. The Frazer Theatre

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    The Frazer Theatre

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    Theatre

    Knaresborough

    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…

  15. Knaresborough Tourist Information Centre

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    Knaresborough Tourist Information Centre

    Knaresborough

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

    Important Notice: This Visitor Information Centre is closed from Saturday 21 March until further notice – please visit www.harrogate.gov.uk/covid19 for more…

  16. Starbeck Baths

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    Starbeck Baths

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Harrogate

    Situated in Starbeck between Harrogate and Knaresborough, and Built in 1870 this Victorian pool is a delightful small community pool. 

    Just a short 3 minute walk from Starbeck Train station, the Main Bus route and accessible by car Starbeck baths is a gem not to be missed. 

    Important…

  17. Knaresborough Pool

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    Knaresborough Pool

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Knaresborough

    Situated on the south east side of Knaresborough at the top of the High street, Knaresborough pool is easily accessible from the town centre, Only 5 minute walk, a short bus journey or by car.

    Important Notice: Knaresborough Pool is closed from Saturday 21 March until further notice – please…

  18. Beryl Burton Cycle Way

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    Beryl Burton Cycle Way

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    Cycle Route

    Knaresborough

    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…

  19. Knaresborough Windows

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    Knaresborough Windows

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    Free

    Knaresborough

    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’…

  20. Drakes Fish and Chip Shop and Restaurant, Knaresborough

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    Drakes Fish and Chip Shop and Restaurant, Knaresborough

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    Restaurant

    Very friendly, traditional English Fish and Chip shop situated just off the Market Place. Available for takeaway and eat in. Part of your traditional day out in Knaresborough.

    If you take your meal away you can enjoy eating on benches in the market place where you will find statues of Blind…

  21. Jil Long Hairdressing

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    Jil Long Hairdressing

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    Salon Spa

    Ladies and Gents, and Children's Haircutting, full colour service available, weddings, straightening and perms, home hair care , pop in for appointments. Very conveniently in the centre of Knaresborough close to a lovely cafe and art gallery if other family mambers are waiting.

    UPDATE: Social…

  22. Harrogate Brewing Co

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    Harrogate Brewing Co

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    Bar

    HBCo is a family-run microbrewery that produces quality Yorkshire craft ales, embodying the tradition, culture and architecture of Harrogate. Brewed onsite, we offer a wide range of bottled beers available for delivery and also have a taproom selling draught beer open four days a week. We strive to…

  23. Scarlett's Vintage Tea Rooms

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    Scarlett's Vintage Tea Rooms

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    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Scarlett's Vintage Tea Rooms is a little touch of nostalgia with a 1940's theme to the decor. Tucked away in quaint corner of the town it is the perfect place to rest and refresh. Offering a selection of tasty lunchtime offerings and homemade cakes, scones and tiffin baked daily. There are always…

  24. Bay Horse Inn Goldsborough

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    Bay Horse Inn Goldsborough

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    Pub/Inn

    Knaresborough

    Welcome to The Bay Horse Inn Goldsborough. Set in the pretty Yorkshire village of Goldsborough. Just off the A1 on the A59 and about 20 minutes into Harrogate or York. We are open 7 days a week from 12 noon. The bar stocks a variety of Yorkshire’s finest ales, a selection of 22 gins, fine…

  25. The Half Moon Free House

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    The Half Moon Free House

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    Pub/Inn

    Family owned and run, independent free house pub. Cask ales; fine wines; international lagers, beers and spirits; relaxed and friendly atmosphere; log fires; cosy courtyard; riverside views and grassed area; cured meats & cheeses served alongside all home made: cakes, brownies, pate, soups, gin &…

  26. McQueen's

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    McQueen's

    Type

    Café

    Knaresborough

    Rated #1 on Tripadvisor of all restaurants in Knaresborough, McQueen’s is a small, friendly, family-run cafe right on the high street. 

    UPDATE: Reduced seating, tables spaced according to guidance and sanitised between each customer. Staff all wear masks.

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