Knaresborough a town filled with delightful surprises, with gorgeous views of the River Nidd and winding medieval staircases and paths, this is a must for one who is passing through Yorkshire. The town centre is perched on the cliffs above the River Nidd and is very close to many of the

This town is great for walks, food, relaxing by the river and brushing up on your British history.  On Wednesdays you can immerse yourself in local culture and food by catching the weekly market, here you can find a stalls offering tasty produce, whole foods, plants, flowers and local specialities. Or you can jump into one many row boats and just enjoy a creamy ice cream on the calm River Nidd.

Things to Do

There is quite a lot to do in this small town below is a list of things that you might want to check out,  I have included a brief description of each different activity.

  • Visit The local Market- Every Wednesday you can join in with the locals and experience a true Yorkshire market, you can find fresh seasonal produce , Yorkshire meat , fresh fish from the coast , an array of local  Cheeses and beers , bread and of course traditional Yorkshire Pork Pies (if that’s your thing).
  • Knaresborough Castle-Knaresborough Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument which is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and maintained by Harrogate Borough Council. The grounds surrounding Knaresborough Castle are opened as a public park and provide a haven in the centre of the town. The Castle is located on top of a high cliff and has dramatic views across to the viaduct and of the River Nidd. The grassed areas are enhanced with mature trees and colourful flowerbeds.
  • Mother Shipton’s Cave and The Petrifying Well-Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the Park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton’s birthplace and her amazing story. I personally did not go here due to lack of time, but you should check it out British folklore is your thing.
  • River Nidd Waterside Walk- A nice way to  relax and spend some time, walking alongside the river, taking in the fresh air and enjoy watching the boats go paddle past slowly.
  • Indulge in the local food- With great cafes and restaurants in the area you can not go wrong, A couple of the places I would definitely recommend are listed in the Places to eat section of this blog.

  • Rent a Boat- Hiring a boat is great on a summers or springs day, you can enjoy paddling on the peaceful River Nidd and enjoy weaving in and out through the great Victorian viaduct. I rented a boat at Marigolds Cafe the prices are enclosed to help plan ahead,Adults £6 / Children age 14 and under £4 / OAP £4 / Children 5 and under no charge

Places to Eat

Below I have listed a couple of highly recommended places to check out if you find yourself hungry.

Marigolds Cafe
The Masons-Hopperton
The Ugly Duckling

Where is Knareborough

By Car
Approximate journey times:

  • York 30 Minutes
  • Leeds 40 Minutes
  • Manchester 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • London 3 Hours 30 Minutes

You can also get the Coach and Train to the city centre very easily.

For Coach use National Express
For train use


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Louise Brady says:

    Love your list of to-do’s! Very informative! xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rajohn_Ali says:

      Yeah give it go, deffo try out the local cafes and tea rooms


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