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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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  • Visited Knaresborough for a few hours. The views from the castle are stunning. The walk down to the river side is very steep so good walking shoes are recommended. 
  • The views from the castle are fantastic and well worth a visit at any time of the year. Lovely to sit a while and watch the world go by. 
  • We visited today. It was a really cold morning and not very busy. The museum was closed until Easter. It was a nice pleasant walk around and a perfect place to view the river nidd and railway bridge o...  more »