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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  • Worth visiting if in Knaresborough and a nice view of the river and railway viaduct. Close to the town too.  more »
  • Atmospheric ruin with free access to grounds. You can pay a small fee & visit the dungeons & on site Museum. Great views down into the Nidd Valley & the rail bridge. There are 8 ravens kept here - sam...  more »
  • Knaresborough is a lovely village in Yorkshire, it has a lot of history and a lovely river walk. The castle has great views and is well worth a visit. It is located very close to the main square and y...  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!!
  • This spot is a great scenic point for a view over the river and valley. The castle itself is small and quite lovely but don't go expecting a to spend lots of time here. A great little spot especially on a clear day!
  • fabulous ruins, nice gardened area, amazing raven-lady who seems to be always there with her 2 birds and then the fantastic views from the top down to the river. beautifully scenic.
  • We always have a nice day out there. Calm and laid back. An easy going place but through traffic can get busy we have found.
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