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Knaresborough Castle, Knaresborough
Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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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Much of the castle is a ruin. That said, the gardens are very well maintained the views over the river our the must se when you visit. There are some great circular walks round the town.
We have often come as a family and gone round the castle and grounds. It is exceptionally nice at this time of year. Well worth a visit.
We happened upon the castle by accident whilst looking for somewhere to park! How fortunate. This is a lovely spot high on a hill overlooking the river and riverside walk to one side - on the other yo... read more »
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