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“Picturesque site”

Knaresborough Castle
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Owner description: Knaresborough Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument which is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and maintained by Harrogate Borough Council. The grounds surrounding Knaresborough Castle are opened as a public park and provide a haven in the centre of the town. The Castle is located on top of a high cliff and has dramatic views across to the viaduct and of the River Nidd. The grassed areas are enhanced with mature trees and colourful flowerbeds.
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“Picturesque site”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

This is a ruin. Wonderful for views over the gorge. Pleasant spot.

Visited October 2011
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“A nice day out to see the Castle area and Knaresborough town.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

We returned for a visit to Knaresborough, this time with a coach party. Previously just as a couple. The castle grounds are always worth a visit especially for the spectacular views overlooking the gorge of the River Nidd. The upstream view includes the imposing railway viaduct, (grade II listed). The ancient Castle is largely a ruin now - result of the Civil War, but the keep is open to the public and for a modest charge, so is the old Courthouse which now serves as a museum. Knaresborough town is worth spending time wandering round. Note that the busy market day is a Wednesday. One shop claims to be the oldest Chemist Shop in England! Look out and 'up' to first floor level, for the 'Town Windows'! A collection of paintings on property walls around the town, to create the effect of windows depicting a variety of figures - from a fighter pilot, to Old Mother Shipton, from King John to Zoo animals and several others. Recommend a day out in Knaresborough, for the town, the Castle area, Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well and the Nidd Gorge.

Visited April 2011
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“Well-located to associate with other attractions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2011

Knaresbrough Castle is a ruin of small proportions but the grounds have been tended to and it provides a perfect viewing platform from which to view the river and viaduct. The latter carries the railway to and from a nostalgic station (worth a look-see). Close to the Market Square and with a great ice-cream shop round the corner, rest here a while, take photos, then amble down to the riverside for lunch or afternoon tea. Knaresbrough is in the disc parking scheme found in Yorkshire and discs are available from Tourist Boards and shops. Can spend half a day here in nice weather and travel on to other tourist sites in the vicinity, or stop by on the way from.

Visited August 2011
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