Knaresborough Castle Museum

A stronghold of medieval kings, the castle is beautifully set overlooking the River Nidd

The impressive Norman ruins of Knaresborough Castle provide you with a fantastic day out to explore local history and to discover the dramatic events that have taken place on this site.

Located at the top of a cliff, commanding a great view of the surrounding countryside, the River Nidd and Forest of Knaresborough, Knaresborough Castle is worth a visit for the views alone. But there is a lot more to see than that.

A Norman baron first built the fortress in 1100 and further work was commissioned by Henry I, King John, Edward I, Edward II and numerous other noblemen. Significant damage was done to the castle in the Civil War in the mid 1600s but the main structure remains and is open to visit. The external part of the castle is free to explore, and a small charge applies if you would like to look around the inner ruins.

Today you can take a look around the moat, the outer ward, the east gate and curtain wall, the underground sallyports, the inner ward, courthouse, king’s tower, porch and dungeon.

Various events are held in and around the castle grounds in the beautiful town of Knaresborough, making the castle a great choice for a day out for the family, or anyone else for that matter.

Take a look at our website to find out more about the castle and the events held here.

As well as visiting the Castle and Museum, enjoy the Castle Grounds with a game of Putting or Bowls! Equipment available to hire on an hourly rate from the Museum.

Putting: £2.30 adult, £1.70 child/concession

Bowls: £2.10 adult, £1.60 child/concession

Knaresborough town is a short walk away where you can explore the riverside, cobbled streets and much more.


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