Knaresborough Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Knaresborough Castle

  • Knaresborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Castles and Palaces, Tourist Attractions

Attraction Information

A majestic stronghold of medieval kings, even nowKnaresborough 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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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Bank Holiday 11:00 - 16:00


Adults: £3.40

Kids: £1.90

Concessions: £2.30

Family £9.50

Travel & Contact Information


Castle Yard, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8AS, England

Phone number

01423 556188



Click here to visit Knaresborough Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

No, there are no toilets available.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Knaresborough Castle has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Knaresborough Castle is wheelchair friendly.

Knaresborough Castle has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Knaresborough Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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