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Knaresborough is a picturesque market and spa town in North Yorkshire, approximately four miles east of Harrogate. The town is dramatically situated over the river Nidd, and is famed for the breathtaking view of it's 78ft high, triple arched railway viaduct, built in 1851.

There is a tourist information centre located at Unit 9, Castle Courtyard, Market Pl, near the castle.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

By bus[edit]

There are frequent bus services [1] around Harrogate and Knaresborough and to neighbouring towns and villages, most of them operated by Harrogate & District using modern low-floor buses. The main road from Harrogate to Knaresborough sees a bus every 8 minutes during the daytime.

By car[edit]

By road, Knaresborough is on the A59 between Harrogate and York.

Get around[edit]

Map of Knaresborough

Knaresborough is compact and easily traversable on foot. Cycling is also an option and makes for a pleasant journey between Harrogate and Knaresborough for the actively inclined.


  • 1 The castle. Originally built by the Normans in around 1100, left to ruin around the year 1648. Many of the historic town centre builds were constructed with looted "castle stone". Knaresborough Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well, Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge HG5 8DD, +44 1423 864600, e-mail: . April 1st - October 31st: Open daily, 10.00am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm. please check winter opening hours). "At the Petrifying Well one can see a whole host of everyday objects slowly being petrified in the cascading waters. The most popular item is a teddy bear or soft toy which usually takes between three and five months to turn to stone." Suggested visiting time: 30min - 1hr. £6. Mother Shipton's Cave on Wikipedia
  • 3 The oldest chemist's shop in England, Market Place, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 8AG.


Walk along the river and take in the scenic views.






Go next[edit]

York, Leeds and Harrogate are all easily accessible, as are nearby Bradford, Tadcaster and Ripon. The rest of Yorkshire is well connected by rail, road and bus services.

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