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Knaresborough Castle

Knaresborough CastleCastle Yard
North Yorkshire
Telephone: 01423 556188


A majestic stronghold of medieval kings, even now Knaresborough Castle towers imposingly over the River Nidd and is guaranteed to get little imaginations going! You can explore the atmospheric remains of the King's tower and check out the displays in the Courthouse Museum, nice and educational but so interesting the kids will barely notice they're learning!

Download one of their audio guides for adults or children and take a semi guided tour of the castle to get the full experience: you can be transported back in time to hear how the site would have looked in the Middle Ages and discover what castle life was really like including some (non grisly) details about the dungeon! Listen to tales of the grand chamber and hear royal residents greet their guests, see some Medieval graffiti, discover a secret underground tunnel and find out about the fate of the castle during and after the Civil War!

As well as visiting the Castle and Museum, afterwards you can hire some equipment and enjoy the Castle Grounds with a few family tournaments of Putting and Bowls! An extra element of fun for the trip so long as you've got the weather for it.

The Castle site is generally accessible for wheel and pushchairs but there's pretty limited access to the historic buildings so be prepared to carry the small ones and take a munchkin carrier if you can.

The ground floor of the King's Tower is on a single level, but access to the dungeon and King's Chambers are down steep and worn stairs, so again the little ones may struggle and it bears some planning.

Knaresborough town is a just short walk away from the castle where you can explore the riverside and see what else you can find along the charming cobbled streets. Lovely!

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It may be worth checking out Knaresborough Castle's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact Knaresborough Castle before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:

Castle and Courthouse Museum:
23 March - 11 September
11.00am - 4.00pm
Weekends only from 12 September - 2 October
11.00am - 4.00pm

The castle grounds are open all year round, 24 hours a day.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:

Adult: £3.40
Concession: £2.30
Child: £1.90
Family (2 adults + 3 children): £9.50


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Knaresborough CastleCastle Yard
North Yorkshire
Telephone: 01423 556188