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Knaresborough Castle

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World Traveller wrote a review Dec 2020
London, United Kingdom369 contributions299 helpful votes
Visited Knaresborough Castle for something to do as we were in area and we had heard about the castle. The views once at the castle looking down onto the River Nidd and the Viaduct are amazing, great place for a panoramic picture. This place is steeped in history not much remains of the castle but its an ideal place for walking, scenic shots and walks along the river. Plenty of cafés along the river front too. Beware of the very steep steps going down to the river, best way is to walk all the way around down the roads.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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James M wrote a review Nov 2020
Scarborough, United Kingdom275 contributions116 helpful votes
Entry to the Castle was free. It is situated in a central location to the town and has impressive views down towards the River Nidd and the viaduct. The castle is very much a ruin but is interesting to look at and the surrounding gardens were very pleasant. Well worth an inspection when in Knaresborough.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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blt100 wrote a review Oct 2020
East Midlands, United Kingdom252 contributions112 helpful votes
It was great that entry is free. It was interesting to walk around the ruins and the views of the river and viaduct were great.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Visiting North Yorkshire wrote a review Oct 2020
York, United Kingdom62 contributions4 helpful votes
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A Castle has existed in Knaresborough for over 900 years, with significant periods of building & repair work as the castle was adapted to meet changing military requirements, fashions & historic events. Timeline; * Earliest castle built by the Normans. * Evidence of Castle in Knaresborough in financial records, “Pipe Rolls”, dating from the reign of Henry I (1100-1135). * 1170 - Constable of Castle, Hugh de Morville took refuge after murder of Thomas Becket. * 1204 - King John (1199-1216) takes possession. * Strategically important to Edward I (1272- 1307) in campaign against the Scots. * Edward II (1307-1327) ordered construction of a new keep (the King’s Tower). * 1317 - Castle sees action. Seized by supporters of the rebel Earl of Lancaster. Recaptured three months later. * 1318 - Raiding Scots attacked Knaresborough. Castle not taken & remained the only point of refuge in the town. * Queen Philippa, wife of King Edward III (1327- 1377) makes Knaresborough Castle into a royal residence. * 1372 - Castle came into the possession of Queen Philippa’s youngest son John of Gaunt. * 1399 - Richard II (1377-1399) confiscated the Castle. * 1399 - Henry IV crowned & Knaresborough was a Royal Castle once again. * 1600 - Final building work on the castle site completed when Sir Henry Slingsby adds upper storey to Courthouse building where local court cases were tried. * Castle supported Royalist cause during Civil War. When hostilities began in August 1642, Sir Henry Slingsby moved quickly by putting in his own garrison to secure Knaresborough Castle for King Charles I (1625-1649). * Following the Battle of Marston Moor on 2 July 1644 and the defeat of Royalist forces in the North, Knaresborough Castle came under siege. Castle surrendered in December, when cannon fire breached the walls. * 1646 - Parliament orders destruction of many castles to prevent any future use by Royalist forces. * 1648 - Demolition commenced & Castle was blown up. Courthouse & Keep retained following petition to Parliament. * Stone, lead & timber sold off to raise money for the Treasury. Many town centre buildings built of ‘castle stone’. * 18th century - Castle ruins popular with tourists & artists, including one of Britain’s most famous landscape painters, J Turner, who visited on his sketching tour of the north of England in 1797 & again in 1816. * Late 19th century - Castle grounds landscaped to form pleasure gardens celebrating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. * 20th century - archaeologists surveyed and excavated the castle site. Courthouse Dungeon converted into museum.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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David B wrote a review Oct 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom326 contributions98 helpful votes
The castle is a brilliant location for photographs of the river and viaduct. The castle itself is quite a small derelict building but the grounds on top of the hill give great views of the riverside and viaduct below.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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