Knaresborough Castle was built around 1100 by a Norman baron on the cliff above the River Nidd. In the 1170s Hugh de Moreville and his followers took refuge there after assassinating Thomas Beckett (Saint Thomas of Canterbury).

Knaresborough Castle sits above the river and gorge, in a commanding position with spectacular views.  The castle ravens can be seen on summer days, each with their own distinctive character and charm.  The castle is a dramatic feature on the cliff tops and was sketched then painted by JMW Turner

Sights in the town include the remains of Knaresborough Castle, Mother Shipton's Cave, the House in the Rock, the railway viaduct over the river Nidd, and St Robert's Cave (dating from the Middle Ages). Knaresborough is the site of Ye Oldest Chymist Shoppe in England, opened in 1720, and the Courthouse Museum in the castle grounds.

Knaresborough has one theatre; the Frazer Theatre, situated just off High Street.

The Number 1 bus travels to Harrogate every seven minutes, and well as providing an hourly connection to Boroughbridge.

Knaresborough is an attractive market town, four miles east of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. It is situated on the banks of the River Nidd, from where you can hire a boat or take a walk along the waterside.

Here you can also see Knaresborough’s most famous attraction: Mother Shipton’s Well, where Mother Shipton made prophecies over 500 years ago and where everyday objects are turned to stone! Above the River Nidd is a spectacular viaduct, where you can find Knaresborough Railway Station.

The town has two Church of England churches, one Roman Catholic, one Methodist and one United Reformed and one Mormon.

An annual town centre arts summer festival, FEVA (Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts), has run since 2001.[12]

Knaresborough castle is a pleasant collection of ruins high on a cliff above the river. You can climb up to here from the River Nidd up a steep, winding path. The view from here makes the climb well worthwhile.

The town has two cricket clubs. Knaresborough Forest Cricket Club were Nidderdale League Division 3 winners in 2005, afterwards promoted from Division 2 as runners-up in the following season. Knaresborough Cricket Club have a ground on Aspin Lane, where adult teams play in the Airedale & Wharfedale Senior Cricket League and junior teams play in the Nidderdale Junior Cricket League.

The railway age began in Knaresborough in 1848 with the opening of a railway station on Hay Park Lane; this was replaced with the current one three years later in 1851. The town had a railway line to Boroughbridge until it closed to passengers in 1950; it was dismantled in 1964.

Knaresborough Market hosts an eclectic range of stalls, offering the traditional high quality fruit and veg, fish and meats as well a range of other great stalls

Mother Shipton’s Cave and Petrifying Well is thought to be England’s oldest tourist attraction and was once the home of Knaresborough’s mysterious prophetess who died in 1561.  This pretty riverside location also includes the petrifying well, where numerous artefacts have been turned to stone over the years.

During the Civil War, following the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644, the castle was besieged by Parliamentary forces. The castle eventually fell and in 1646 an order was made by Parliament for its destruction (but not carried out till 1648). The destruction was mainly done by citizens looting the stone. Many town centre buildings are built of 'castle stone'.

Knaresborough also has a rugby union club (Knaresborough Rugby Club) who play in the Yorkshire Leagues. The club was formed in 1982 and play at their Hay-a-park ground which was scheduled to open in 2014. Unusually for a Yorkshire town there is no rugby league club; the closest being in Wetherby.

When it comes to investing in your leisure activities, Knaresborough Golf Course really is packed with the promise of time very well spent.

Knaresborough is full of surprises, a warren of medieval streets and stone staircases that weave their way up and down the hill.  The town centre is perched on the cliffs above the River Nidd and the imposing railway viaduct across the Nidd Gorge offers an amazing view to visitors as they arrive by train. 

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The Nidd Gorge is a beautiful wooded landscape just upstream of the town, rich in wildlife and following the winding course of the river Nidd.  The Nidd Gorge makes a great spot for walks, picnics and wildlife watching for all the family.

Old School Games. Enjoy some of the outdoor games of days gone by with Games in the Park, at Conyngham Hall such as crazy golf, the grounds include putting and an expansive 18 hole pitch and putt...

The largest event is the annual Great Knaresborough Bed Race which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.  Often copied but never beaten the race sees a number of teams pushing their elaborately decorated beds along a demanding course around the town, including a challenging river crossing and the long climb up for a lap of the market place.  The event is enveloped by a festival atmosphere as crowds cheer on the teams.

Conyngham Hall is situated close to the town centre. It is currently used to accommodate businesses and as parkland. Until the 1980s there was a small zoo in the grounds.

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the town.[14]

Knaresborough is served by Knaresborough railway station, on the Harrogate Line between Leeds and York. The town is four miles from junction 47 of the A1 (M) Motorway (Great North Road), and on the A59 which links York and Wallasey. It is further served by Transdev and Connexions who both run buses in the area, these centre around Knaresborough bus station on the High Street. The closest airport is Leeds Bradford Airport with bus links from neighbouring Harrogate.

Knaresborough hosts the annual Bed Race, organized by the Knaresborough Lions Club. It is held on the second Saturday of June. The event was first staged in 1966.[11]

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The town was used in the opening election sequence in the first episode of the ITV comedy series The New Statesman and some exterior shots for the series were filmed around Knaresborough.[citation needed]

Leeds United L.F.C. currently play at Knaresborough Town's Manse Lane ground.[citation needed]


The market place in the centre of the town offers a great place to enjoy a cup of tea or something delicious and home baked.  On a Wednesday stalls fill the maket place offering tasty produce, whole foods, plants and flowers, as well pretty much anything else you can imagine, in the ever popular Knaresborough Market.

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Knaresborough is mostly a commuter town however it serves as a local centre for the surrounding rural villages. The town has a small tourism industry and service sector. There is a small industrial estate on Manse Lane in the East of the town. Knaresborough has its own local weekly newspaper; the Knaresborough Post, although it borrows content heavily from neighbouring publications.

With its superb, high quality course, the Club has great appeal for Member and Visitor alike.

The spotted house of Knaresborough was one of the iconic images from the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France, and the house is still decorated with decorations relating to the time of year.  This year the Tour de Yorkshire will take the peloton of the world best cyclists past the spotted house again!

A steep, winding footpath leads down to the Waterside from this point - with frequent stopping places and a bench or two should you need a breather! More likely on the way back up....

At the base of the cliffs on which the town sits, you will find a delightful promenade that traps the sun in summer, with a coastal feel despite being more than 60 miles from the sea making a great place to enjoy an ice-cream or indulge in the tradition English pastime of ‘simply mucking about in boats’. 

Knaresborough delivers the essential combination of a superb golfing challenge, an easy-to-access location and a famously friendly atmosphere.

The exact origins of this market town of ancient walkways, cobbled alleys and secret passageways are shrouded in mystery. But one thing's for sure, Knaresborough has carved out a real character for itself with a Tudor prophetess, once royal castle, magnificent viaduct and breathtaking countryside views.