Knaresborough Castle and Old Courthouse Museum Museums

Knaresborough Castle and Old Courthouse Museum
Swan Road


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Knaresborough Castle towers on a cliff high above the River Nidd, overlooking one of the most picturesque views in England. Knaresborough has been a royal castle from its earliest construction, and has had a long and illustrious history, having played its part in many important episodes in history.

The Museum is housed in one of the Castle's oldest surviving buildings. Its displays tell the story of the town's long history and many of the colourful characters who have contributed to it, such as Blind Jack the turnpike road builder andMother Shipton the prophetess. The Pikes & Plumes Gallery tells the story of Knaresborough life during the English Civil War and houses the shirt worn by Sir Henry Slingsby when he was beheaded at Tower Hill in London.

Other highlights of a visit to the Castle are the opportunity to see the rare surviving Tudor-period courtroom, and a tour through the secret underground sallyport. This 80-foot long tunnel is cut through the solid bedrock under the Castle. It provided secret access in and out of the Castle in times of siege. Today, visitors experience the sallyport as part of a guided tour of the Castle.

The guided tour of the castle lasts approximately 30 minutes, and is included within the admission price for the Castle & Courthouse Museum. The Castle grounds are a beautiful spot for a picnic lunch on a bright summer's day.

Attraction Details

VenueKnaresborough Castle and Old Courthouse Museum
AddressSwan Road, Harrogate, Yorkshire, HG1 2SA
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Attraction typeMuseums


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