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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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It was a lovely sunny day when my wife and I went, and you get an absolutely superb view over Knaresborough to the viaduct. There is bowling and a putting green for a small fee and two little museums ... more »
Beautiful setting, right at the top of the town. Immaculate lawns and grounds and friendly staff. The ravens were beautiful and their handlers friendly. Would recommend. more »
There are far better castle remains in the north of England. This was little more than a Tower with little to see. View of the River Nidd was good but little more could be said.for this attraction. more »
Really beautiful and relaxing place. Everyone should visit it. Very nice views, pretty architecture, nice pubs and tea rooms. The castle itself it is not that impressive but still pretty if you like historical places. The viaduct is very nice and standing still all this centuries. Perfect place for lovely pictures.
I love it here, it's beautiful, and I never tire of the scenery, definately worth a visit! Market day is Wednesday in the market square but parking is limited so come early. Lots of nice pubs, quaint tea rooms and coffee shops. It's a lovely place altogether!
Paul A Hannam
A nice walk round and fantastic views from the castle looking over the river and towords mothershiptons cave quite a lot of steps leadi.g down to the river bank or you could walk the road way a very nice walk and stunning views
Wonderful place to go in winter or summer sit and contemplate the meaning of life cracking views of the river Nidd and low and high bridges in Knaresborough.
Well kept gardens but not a lot ruins to see.
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