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Things to do and see in Knaresborough

Knaresborough is a historic market town with a lot of surprises which sits just between York and Harrogate. There's adventure to be had and history to be explored at Knaresborough and we've broken down some of the top things to do and see during your visit as well as a great selection of food and drink establishments, perfect to refuelling you after a busy day! 


1. Mother Shipton’s Cave

As the story goes, Mother Shipton is England’s most famous prophetess who foretold the fates of several rulers within her lifetimes as well as the invention of iron ships, the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the defeat of the Spanish Armada. She was born, originally Ursula Sontheil in 1488 during a thunderstorm in a cave on the banks of the River Nidd in Knaresborough. She would concoct traditional remedies in the cave as well as predict the future, and soon became known as the Knaresborough Prophetess. You must visit the Park and see for yourself the home of Mother Shipton and the Petrifying Well which both remain a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough - enjoy the woodland path that winds alongside the river during your day exploring.

Opening Times:

The Park is currently closed for Winter and will re-open in March 2018 for weekends only.

April 1st, thereafter:

Monday – Sunday 10am – 4pm


Mother Shipton’s Cave

Prophecy Lodge

High Bridge


North Yorkshire



01423 684600







2. Knaresborough Castle & Museum

Located on a cliff-top, towering over the River Nidd is where you will find Knaresborough Castle - once a mighty stronghold of medieval kings. Wander the Castle yourself or on join on the tours to discover the history that lies there. Visit the Courthouse Museum which tells the story of Knaresborough and its interesting residents from the past as well fascinating details from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era. The children can enjoy learning too, with the computer adventure game allowing them to discover life in the fourteenth century or witness how Knaresborough Castle might have looked back then. There are many events held in and around the Castle, so do check the ‘What’s On’ section for the special activities great for adults, children and families prior to your visit.


Adults £3.50, Children £2.00, Concessions £2.50, Family (2 Adults, 3 Children) £10.00

Opening Times:

2018 dates TBC

Grounds are open all year round, 24hrs a day

Knaresborough Castle and Museum

Castle Yard


North Yorkshire



01423 556188






3. Knaresborough Windows

Whilst strolling the quaint streets of Knaresborough Town, you must try and view all of the ‘Town Windows’ on display. Given the age of the town, many of the buildings date back to Georgian times whereby windows were blocked to avoid window tax or simply just incorporated into the design of the building to provide symmetry. Now, the windows have been transformed into a collection of public art illustrating characters and events from the town’s long history. This adds great value while you explore the town and the children will love trying to spot them on display - the art itself is phenomenal and uses the trompe l’oeil technique which aims to trick the eye into thinking the painting is real. Use this Guide to track down the paintings, and reading up on a little background information on each one you might come across – It also provides a map for your journey too.




4. Nidd Gorge

Part of the Woodland Trust, Nidd Gorge is made up of five woods: Coalpits Wood, Bilton Banks, Spring Wood, Scotton Banks and Gates Wood. Public footpaths run through the site and along the riverbank linking the Gorge to Knaresborough and the surrounding area meaning you have access to a wonderful stroll around this ancient broadleaf woodland without having to go too far - there is free parking on site. Information boards are dotted around and at the entrance of the Gorge, you will find details of paths and trails available to take. Keep a lookout for fungi!... The woodland is home to a whopping 91 species. It’s also home to Roe Deer, Tawny Owls, Woodpeckers and much more so do keep a lookout for any woodland creatures you may come across. 




Bilton Banks


North Yorkshire




Places to Eat & Drink in Knaresborough


1. Carriages

You’ll find Carriages located in a listed building above a Victorian train tunnel on Knaresborough High Street. The variety is great ranging from British to European with a hint of pan-Asian too – Expect a cosy dining experience with satisfaction guaranteed. Although no specific children’s menu is listed, they do express particularly on a Sunday, it’s a treat for all the family, so everyone can enjoy and feel comfortable. Booking is advised.


87-89 High Street


North Yorkshire



01423 867041






2. The Guy Fawkes Arms

If you’re looking for a free house country pub, this is the place for you. Run by two local families, they understand the importance of a family-friendly environment so you can be sure you will be welcomed warmly when you visit The Guy Fawkes Arms. The menus change regularly and the mouth-watering specials, lunch, dinner and deserts on offer options will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser. From good old-fashioned Haddock & Chips to a scrumptious Seafood Grill – There’s plenty to keep the whole family happy.


Main Street



North Yorkshire



01423 868400






3. SO! Bar & Eats

The Knaresborough location is one of three independently run bars & restaurants in Yorkshire by SO! You will find a range of food on offer from innovative fine dining choices, to quick eats and sharing feats, all the while, set in a contemporary bar environment. Children are welcome too, with their fun kid's menu to enjoy, which offers any two courses for £5.95! For the adults, SO! offer a huge selection even including a ‘Just a little bit more healthy’ range.


1 Silver Street


HG5 8aj

01423 863202





4. Six Poor Folk

This Bistro and Coffee House is perfect for when you need a refreshment stop during a busy day exploring Knaresborough. During the daytime, you can enjoy some great treats like Toasted Fruit Teacakes, Crushed Avocado, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Mussels Provençale and if you’re popping in a little later in the day, you will be able to choose from a nice selection of a full 3-course menu. Interesting story of how this now, quaint, pleasant bistro got its name… listed in the survey of 1611, the building was once large and impressive and acted as a hospital for six poor folks!


25 Castlegate




01423 869918






5. The Mitre

With a fresh refurbishment earlier this year and an offering of simply sumptuous food on the menu, The Mitre is a place not to be missed during your visit to Knaresborough. There’s something for all eventualities with bar snacks, flat breads and sandwiches, delicious burgers, mains and of course some scrumptious puddings to finish off. Enjoy superb views of Knaresborough from The Mitre which is situated at the top of the Water Bag Bank.


4 Station Road




01423 868948



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