5 reasons why I love Knaresborough

5 reasons why I love Knaresborough

Knaresborough in North Yorkshire is often in the shadow of its neighbour Harrogate. Don’t get me wrong, I also love Harrogate. But for me, Knaresborough is one of the most attractive small towns in the area and rivals some of Yorkshire’s better known destinations. Which is the reason we visit it so often.

So why is Knaresborough so special to me?

The views

We usually start our visits at the castle. The views down to the River Nidd below and across to the viaduct are absolutely delightful, particularly when the sun is shining.



Some of the housing perched on or in the cliffs would provide stunning vistas although some of them do look to be positioned a little precariously.

Knaresborough houses

Ease of access

Just four miles from the A1, Knaresborough is very accessible. It never seems to have the traffic issues that so often clog up Harrogate where you can spend 20 minutes getting from outskirts to the centre. Parking is inexpensive either in the town centre or down beside the river. The railway station is also on a line between Leeds and York.

Railway Station

So many things to do

For such a small town, there are plenty of activities available to keep all ages happy. You can boat along the river although only as far as the weir! At Coyningham Hall there is a lovely woodland walk, tennis, putting, pitch and putt, crazy golf and a small adventure trail.

Conyingham Hall

There is also a swimming pool with a water slide. Knaresborough is also home to Mother Shipton’s Cave, Britain’s oldest tourist attraction apparently.

And if your joints can take it, there are plenty of steps to climb.


You won’t get very far on the local ‘Boris Bikes’ though!


Food and drink

There are loads of places to eat and drink to suit all tastes and budgets. A couple of inexpensive places worth a quick mention – The Mitre, right next to the quaint old railway station, serves the most moreish and spicy sweet potato fries.



And the Marigold Café on the waterfront sells the wonderful Yummy Yorkshire ice cream…as well as hiring boats.


Yummy Yorkshire

Yummy Yorkshire is produced on a farm between Huddersfield and Penistone. It’s another firm favourite of ours. Currently going through a massive expansion, I’m sure it will be the subject of a future blog but here’s a sneak preview of the range they do at Delph Farm (not Knaresborough).

Yummy Yorkshire

Even when it’s raining, you don’t have to get wet

There are nooks and crannies everywhere providing an opportunity to shelter.


So that’s why I love Knaresborough, but what do you think? If you’ve been I’d love to hear your take on the place. If you are thinking of visiting and have any questions, just fire away.

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Some extra photos of Knaresborough



Knaresborough Castle






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2 Replies to “5 reasons why I love Knaresborough”

  1. As a Knaresborian, I was a little confused by this statement…”You can boat along the river although only as far as the river!” The logic escapes me!!

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