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Fourteenth century castle in Knaresborough with views of the River Nidd valley & Knaresborough below. Guided tours, disabled facilities, groups welcome.
Knaresborough Castle was a stronghold of Medieval Kings and today still stands towering over the River Nidd. A visit to this interesting site includes a tour to discover what Royalty got up to in the King's Tower, get a glimpse of the dungeon and walk through the underground sallyport. Visit the Courthouse Museum, housed in one of the Castle's oldest surviving buildings. Find out about Knaresborough's fascinating history and the colourful characters who have contributed to it, such as Eugene Aram, the infamous 18th century murderer! Get a glimpse of what life was like for children and adults alike living in a Medieval Castle and view the rare surviving Tudor courtroom.
Knaresborough Castle is situated at the top of a large cliff, with a commanding view of the River Nidd and the Forest of Knaresborough. The castle ruins do not convey its important role in the development of the English nation. For most of its history, Knaresborough Castle has been in royal control, and it has retained this long tradition to the present day. It is now in the possession of the Crown, as part of the Queen's inheritance of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Whilst at Knaresborough Castle, visitors can explore the King's Tower... The site of Royal visitors and is the glory of the Castle to this day. It also houses the dungeon where you can find out for yourself how it felt to be at the King's mercy. Come and see the original Tudor Courtroom. Discover the laws of the land in Tudor times and what it felt like to be tried in the dock. The Courthouse Museum is housed in the Castle's oldest building where you can learn about Knaresborough's royal residents, infamous locals and more! Join a tour to journey through the 80-foot underground sallyport, cut through the solid bedrock under the Castle. The tunnel provided secret access in and out of the Castle in times of siege. Sample life in a Medieval Castle in our hands-on Life in a Castle exhibition. Try on chain mail and Civil War costumes. Play Medieval games and find out about food, drink and schooling all those centuries ago and so much more!
The castle is open between 10:30am and 5:00pm from Easter Bank Holiday until September each year.