Knaresborough Area Guide

The market town of Knaresborough is full of surprises. Perched on picturesque cliffs overlooking the River Nidd, the town has plenty for you to uncover. Due to its unique location and medieval heritage, it is perfect for those who are keen to explore. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed getaway or action packed adventure, you’ll find it here.

Exploring Knaresborough

There is a lovely holiday atmosphere in Knaresborough. Cobbled paths and winding stone staircases lead down the riverside. Perfect for the whole family, you can play mini-golf, hire a boat or enjoy an ice cream as you take a leisurely stroll by the water. Explore further along the river bank and you’ll find a woodland perfect spot for a quiet picnic and hidden gems such as the Bebra Gardens.

The streets of Knaresborough are peppered with independent shops. You’ll discover florists, music stores, arts and crafts shops and wine specialists. If you’re feeling curious, you’ll also find art galleries tucked away from the main streets so get exploring!

Knaresborough Market

Knaresborough is also home to a bustling market which hosts an electric range of stalls. Returning every Wednesday for over 500 years, you can get your hands on the best quality fruit, vegetables, fish and meats here! It doesn’t stop there though. You can peruse stalls of plants, cheeses, pet supplies and much more.

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Home to one of the oldest tourist attractions in England, you can visit Mother Shipton’s Cave during your stay. Ideal for the whole family, this attraction is set within the historic woodland along the River Nidd and is the birthplace of the famous prophetess. Situated next to the Petrifying Well, you’ll find out all about the story of Mother Shipton and the waters which turn objects to stone.

Knaresborough Viaduct

Dominating the skyline over the River Nidd is the epic Knaresborough Viaduct. Originally opened in 1851 and standing at 78ft high, the viaduct plays an important role within Knaresborough’s history. The viaduct carries the Harrogate line over the river so if you’re travelling to Knaresborough by train, you’ll get the most incredible views!

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