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Tel code: 01423 | code search
Postcode: 15000 | code search
Population: 14700
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Birthplace of:
William Stubbs
Mother Shipton

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Folk Customs:
Bainbridge Horn Ceremony
Goathland Plough Stots
Ripon Hornblower
Scarborough Skipping Day

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Mother Shipton Inn
"After a prolonged period (8 years+) the quaint old inn is back to its former glory (though it still needs a cot of paint outside!!!) with a new name - ..." More

Mother Shipton Inn
"Myself, my wife and my 2 small children visited this pub after visiting Mother Shiptons cave and as we entered I asked the barmaid where the beer garden was and ..." More

Allerton Park Holiday Park
"Warning to tourers, this site is not good, we arrived there to find that we were next door to the family from hell with 4 children playing with a huge ..." More

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"A terrific place to visit is Mother Shipton’s Cave, where the petrifying Well turns things into stone, if you walk along the path called Beech Avenue the tall and old ..." More

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Latest reviews | Events in Knaresborough | 10 Places to Stay

Knaresborough is a sizeable North Yorkshire market town, its population 14,740 at the last census. Located between Harrogate just a couple of miles to the west, and York, ten to the east, it makes a good base for visits to those larger settlements, but has plenty to recommend it to visitors as a destination in itself. With its own station, and located just a five minute drive from junction 47 of the A1(M), Knaresborough is easy to get to. The most notable man-made attraction in the town is its castle, a Norman building pulled down in part after a siege during the Civil War. As was so often the case with such demolitions, the townspeople were more than happy to lend a hand, and there are many buildings still standing that benefited from the use of stone looted from the fortification. There is still plenty to be seen of the building, however, and a fine museum attached to it. The town lies in a gorge, and has a stunning stone bridge crossing the River Nidd. The views down the gorge from the castle are particularly noted. While the River Nidd rushes cleanly through the town, there are some enjoyably murky aspects to its history. Knaresborough’s two most famous residents have a definite dark side. Mother Shipton, a seer supposedly born in a cave near the town (which claims to be the oldest visitor attraction in the country, operating as such it is said since 1630) became celebrated and not a little feared in Tudor times for her prophecies. And Eugene Aram, an innovative self-taught philologist of the 18th century, committed murder in the town and years later when the body was found was dragged back there for trial, found guilty, and executed. Beside Mother Shipton’s Cave is a quirk of geology and nature, the Petrifying Well, where the lime-rich water will coat and petrify objects left in the cascade. For a change from Knaresborough, and if neither York nor Harrogate appeal, the district around the town is dotted with picturesque villages, including Scotton, linked with gunpowder plotter Guy Fawkes, and Ripley with its wonderful castle.


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Allerton Park
Knaresborough Castle & Courthouse Museum
Mother Shipton's Cave & the Petrifying Well
St Robert's Cave

Care Home

Thistle Hill Care Centre


Yoga - Yorkshire Yoga & Therapy Centre


Carlton House Dental Practice
Dental Surgery Bungalow
The Dental Surgery

Estate Agent

Black Horse Agencies - Renton & Renton
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Knaresborough Golf Club

Holiday Park

Allerton Park Holiday Park
Kingfisher Holiday Park


Knaresborough Market

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Board Inn
Borough Bailiff
Crown Public House
General Tarleton Inn
Mother Shipton Inn
Tiger Inn
Wellington Inn


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LD Cars
Tarny's Cars
White Rose Cars Of Knaresborough


Ashleigh Veterinary Clinic

Sports Clubs

Knaresborough CC (Cricket)
Knaresborough RC (Rugby Union)
Knaresborough TC (Tennis)
Ripon Sailing Club (Sailing)


Harrogate Florists
Moorland Nurseries & Garden Centre
P R Naylor Chemists Ltd

Taylor Darryl
House of Castlegate
Henshaw's Arts and Crafts
Castlegate Books


Early Oak
Havelocks Antique Pine Furniture

Places to Stay near Knaresborough

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Dower House Hotel (0.16 miles)

Dower House Hotel

In the market town of Knaresborough, just 4 miles from the A1(M) and 3 miles from Harrogate, this charming hotel offers a warm and friendly welcome to business and leisure customers alike. Close to the Harrogate ... More | visit website

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The Old Royal Oak (0.18 miles)

The Old Royal Oak

Our recently converted 18th Century, grade II listed barn, serves as the new B&B – each room offering comfortable and peaceful accommodation with disabled access; is situated in the centre of the historic market ... More | visit website

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Newton House (0.33 miles)

Newton House
An elegant Georgian guest house in Knaresborough with the feel of luxury hotel accommodation.

We are delighted to welcome you to Newton House, an elegant Georgian Guesthouse in the heart of the charming market town of ... More | visit website
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Innkeepers Lodge (2.06 miles)

Innkeepers Lodge
** ALL OUR RATES INCLUDE COMPLIMENTARY CONTINENTAL BUFFET BREAKFAST ** Easily accessed from Junction 47 of the A1 (M), this lodge shares its grounds with the Kestrel Vintage Inn, two miles east of Harrogate on ... More | visit website
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Fountains Guest Accommodation (2.23 miles)

Fountains Guest Accommodation

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The Fountains is a Victorian House built in 1891 and is situated in the ideal position for both tourist's and business visitors to the area 5 mins from town. The Fountains ... More

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General Tarleton Inn (2.49 miles)

General Tarleton Inn
The General Tarleton is a traditional 18th century coaching inn with fourteen en-suite bedrooms.

Since taking charge John and ClaireTopham have created an award-winning brasserie and restaurant with its own unique style and atmosphere.

Conveniently close to ... More | visit website
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Park Parade (2.66 miles)

Park Parade
Park Parade is a luxury small hotel in the heart of Harrogate overlooking the Stray. This delightful hotel in Harrogate is only 5 minutes walk from the town centre and less than 10 minutes walk ... More | visit website
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Shannon Court Hotel (2.72 miles)

Shannon Court Hotel

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Shannon Court Hotel is a family run, charming Victorian house hotel, situated within a few minutes walk of the town centre of Harrogate, with its International Conference Centre.
The present accommodation was ... More

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Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf (2.79 miles)

Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf

Rudding Park sits in 300 acres of stunning parkland just 3 miles south of the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. The Grade 1 listed Regency house incorporates 21st-century comforts by fusing contemporary design with traditional ... More | visit website

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The Middleham (2.84 miles)

The Middleham

The Middleham is a two bedroomed town-centre cottage where the rooms can be set as doubles or twins for up to 4 guests. Everything you could possibly need is at the cottage as it is ... More | visit website

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