Knaresborough Castle, Knaresborough

Knaresborough Castle, which strategically overlooks the River Nidd, is a fortress built around 1100 by a Norman baron. King John, who considered this site one of the most important northern fortresses, took control of it in 1205 and vastly improved the castle’s walls. Further expansion was conducted in the 1300s, with the important addition of the castle’s famous keep (fortified tower). The fortress was largely destroyed in 1648 by Parliamentarian troops, who were ordered to dismantle all Royalist castles in the area. Today, the ruined castle’s grounds are used as a public leisure space, with bowling and putting greens, live performance spaces, and an extensive series of footpaths. Drop by the site to see exhibits about the history of the castle and the surrounding region. Discover how to plan a Knaresborough trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • The castle is at the top of the hill but it is a lovely walk to the top and the views from the castle are spectacular. For those not able to walk you are able to drive up to the castle. Check out the ...  more »
  • A lot of steps up but worth it when you get up there the views are amazing from up there the whole place is full of history for this small town  more »
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  • Lovely place to have a wander, where we found a lovely little bookshop full of old books and some antique furniture. Makes for a lovely walk by the River where you can stroll and relax, take out a rowing boat or have a drink and a bite to eat in the cafes, a few of which to choose from. There is also the beautiful sight of the viaduct, a Crag to visit or 'Mother Shipton' Cave.
  • You can not describe this amazing place to people it is truly magical. As all tourist places all the food is more expensive. Train station right in the middle of it all in fact it's part of its charm! Great ice cream! Rowing boats for hire, a lido and a beautiful view!!
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