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Knaresborough Castle, Knaresborough
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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. A visit to Knaresborough Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Harrogate family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Lovely day spent in Knaresborough visited the Castle ,lots to see ,beautiful views well worth a visit . 
  • The walk up to the castle through the gardens is beautiful, especially in the Autumn with the changing leaves. The views around the castle are breathtaking and we were interested to find out more abou...  more »