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. Discover how to plan a Knaresborough trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Amazing views from the castle. Knaresborough is a really nice place to visit, especially when the weather is nice. It is very relaxing to visit this little town and go up to the castle.  more »
  • Parked up next to the castle,very cheap as well which is a nice surprise. Lovely views all round the castle, nice garden and could explore more if you wanted to walk down to the river.  more »
  • The castle is actually located in ruinos. The really nice thing is walking around their gardens and admire the beauty of its views to the river and the aqueduct. Very nice!
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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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