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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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  • Not a lot left of the castle, grounds are lovely to walk round and well maintained. Plenty of seating. Good views of the river Nidd with a spectacular railway bridge.  more »
  • We were traveling from Harrogate down South and stopped at this castle on the way. It was a short walk from the open car park area where we parked our car. We would need to walk past some shops before...  more »
  • Not much left of the castle, you can still get some sort of idea as to how it was back in the day. The views are stunning across the river and up towards Bilton Hall. Nice walks.  more »