Local Attractions

There are so many wonderful places to visit in Knarsborough and you are almost spoilt for choice. Here are just a few attractions in Knaresborough and locally that you may want to include on your visit.

Mother Shipton Cave

One of the most iconic places in Knaresborough, this popular visitor attraction is set within historic woodland along the River Nidd. Mother Shipton's Cave is the birthplace of the famous prophetess and is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England's oldest visitor attraction. The attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the waters which turn objects into stone. 

With a stunning park for relaxing woodland walks, a museum, wishing well and adventure playground, Mother Shipton's really is the ultimate day out for all the family. They even welcome dogs. With many events on during the year, it really is the place to visit if your are heading to Knaresborough and North Yorkshire. 

Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge. Knaresborough. HG5 8DD. 

Tel: 01423 864600. Email: [email protected]


Knaresborough Castle

Any visit to Knaresborough must include visiting Knaresborough Castle. The castle is perched high on the hill with a commanding view over the River Nidd and the iconic viaduct. The grounds of the castle are open all year round, so take a picnic and sit and relax whilst taking in the stunning view. 

Visit the Courtyard Museum which is located in the grounds and learn more about Knaresborough's colourful history.

The castle has many events on through the year for children and for adults and is often the central point for the town's festivals. Guided tours are available during the summer including tours of the dungeons!

Opening Times of Castle & Museum 8th Apr-29 Sept 2020.

Mon - Sun including Bank Holidays - 11am - 4pm.

Bebra Gardens

Bebra Gardens is a small, attractive park close to Knaresborough Castle. It is a hidden gem providing a haven from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.

The Gardens are named in honour of the town’s links with Bebra in Germany, but were originally known as Moat Gardens as they are so close to Knaresborough Castle’s moat.

Bebra Gardens is located on a steep slope and there are sloping, meandering pathways leading through mature trees and conifers. The paths lead through the park to the paddling pool at the lowest point and onto Waterside below.

Bebra Gardens is open all year round, 24 hours a day. The paddling pool is open from Spring Bank Holiday (at the end of May) to the first week in September.
The Gardens were built on quite a steep slope that may cause difficulties for wheelchair users or the elderly. 

Knaresborough Swimming Pool

Recently renovated, Knaresborough Pool is located just a stone’s throw from the market place. There is a full programme of events as well as lessons for adults and children. There is also a leisure pool with water slide. A great venue for fun and exercise!

Knaresborough Pool
King James Road
North Yorkshire

Phone: 01423 860011

Frazer Theatre

The Frazer Theatre (just off the High Street) is a busy venue which hosts a wide variety of Performing Arts events all year round. The theatre and adjoining rooms are also availabel for hire. You can see the latest information about events on their web site. 

The theatre is located behind Tesco Express at HG5 0EQ and can be accessed via a driveway next to Tescos.


St Roberts Cave

This hermitage by the river was the home of 12th century hermit monk Saint Robert of Knaresborough. The walk through to the cave along Abbey Road is a pleasurable attraction in its’ own right as it lies on the riverbank. The Cave is situated at the end of Abbey Road, near to the B6164 Wetherby Road.

Please take care when visiting this attraction as the ground can be slippy when wet. 

Abbey Road Tree Sculptures

Commissioned by a local resident, these sculptures are truly awe-inspiring – but be careful as you may miss them! They are the creation of Durham-based sculptor Tommy Craggs who used a chainsaw as his paintbrush. The sculptures are located along Abbey Road which is a beautiful walk on the quieter side of the river. Well worth a visit en route to/from St Robert’s Cave past the House in the Rock

Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag

The beautiful sandstone Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag was built by someone known as ‘John the Mason’ in 1408 and may be found on Abbey Road. The normal opening times are 2-4pm Sundays in the summer months (weather permitting) but will open for pilgrimages or groups with a historic or local interest.

You can contact by telephoning 01423 866080 or 01423 861584, or emailing [email protected] Alternatively, You can find more details through the link below.


Knaresborough Town Windows

Knaresborough Town Windows are a collection of ‘trompe l’oeil’ paintings on buildings around the centre of town depicting scenes of historic significance. 

The art works use the technique of trompe l’oeil - a painting style that sets out to ‘fool the eye’ into seeing a painted picture as something real.

Knaresborough has dozens of blank windows in older buildings of the town. They are a feature of Georgian buildings as the windows were blocked to avoid window tax

The “Town Windows” are in place all year round so whenever you visit we hope you will take the time to explore our streets and discover them. Click the link below for a guide to the Windows.


Jacob Smith Park

Jacob Smith Park was opened to the public in January 2008 following the bequest of 30 acres of private walled parkland for public use by Miss Winifred Jacob Smith, the last surviving member of a prominent local farming family.

The parkland is intended as a natural space for “people to enjoy the freedom and beauty that public parks bring.” There is a nature trail and many opportunities to walk and learn. It is situated at walking distance from the centre just to the north off the A6055 Boroughbridge Road (Sat Nav: Scriven Road, Knaresborough, HG5 9EJ).

For more information please follow the link below.