Knaresborough Castle, Knaresborough

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#1 of 10 in Historic Sites in Harrogate
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 Harrogate trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Whether visiting, living or working in Knaresborough the castle has something for everybody. If you're visiting you may not even be aware that it is there. Located by one of the towns main car parks a...  more »
  • We only stopped in Knaresborough for breakfast, thought we would take a look at the Castle, wow, what a tremendous view, lovely grounds, we will be back next year to stay a little longer..  more »
  • Had a trip into Knaresborough recently and decided to call to the castle. The view from the castle grounds is stunning. The castle itself has quite a bit of history and there is a museum in the ground...  more »
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  • We just went to the free part. Great views over the river and valley. Walk down a path to the river afterwards. Worth a visit. There are ravens!
  • As castles go, there's about only 5% (e) remaining; therefore, not much to see. However, if o e marvels at the sheer undertaking of its construction, it is worth a visit. Moreover, the sit overlooks the river below and the viaduct spanning it...very picturesque.
  • Wonderful place and very romantic. See the petrifying well and get a boat to travel along the river! Careful :both available only from April to October
  • Attractive area of some historical value. Great views of the Nidd and riverside. Knaresborough rooks are usually on display with carers. Could make more of the planting areas.
  • Great day out for the family. Lots to see and do. Don't forget to take a boat out on the river 😁

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