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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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  • This little castle is on a beautiful site and the grounds and museum are in excellent condition. You get a lovely view of the famous railway viaduct and the surrounding countryside. Don't miss the rav...  more »
  • Its ok but theres not much left of it to be honest, so not allot to see at all. There were some talking Raven birds there though which was funny.  more »
  • I've been before with children and again with a pensioner. Views and photo opportunities are great. History is well presented and fascinating. First time down the Sally Port on this occasion, ask for ...  more »
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  • It's not the castle in particular that makes this place excellent, it is the views of Knaresborough and its picturesque viaduct. The castle grounds have some interesting ruins and in the summer some ravens may even be out for you to photograph. The best views of the Knaresborough viaduct can be found here.
  • Really beautiful and relaxing place. Everyone should visit it. Very nice views, pretty architecture, nice pubs and tea rooms. The castle itself it is not that impressive but still pretty if you like historical places. The viaduct is very nice and standing still all this centuries. Perfect place for lovely pictures.
  • Knaresborough is a beautiful village and the castle adds to that. It was very busy when we visited as sky arts were filming for a landscape painting programme so we didn't get to look as closely as we would have liked.
  • I love it here, it's beautiful, and I never tire of the scenery, definately worth a visit! Market day is Wednesday in the market square but parking is limited so come early. Lots of nice pubs, quaint tea rooms and coffee shops. It's a lovely place altogether!
  • Stunning view. The view from the top of the castle is absolutely mesmerising. Loved it!

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