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Knaresborough Tourist Information
Knaresborough is a real jewel. Although it is often overshadowed by its much larger neighbour Harrogate, it has a wealth of places to see and things to do, and one of the most striking urban views of bridges over a river in the country. The river in question is the Nidd, a very attractive waterway in itself. The old part of Knaresborough is built on a hill overlooking the river, and is the site of Knaresborough Castle.
Knaresborough has officially been a 'market town' since 1310 when Edward II granted it a royal charter, but in fact, a market was held there for many years before that. The tradition has stood the test of time and a market is still held every Wednesday in the cobbled Market Square. An Edwardian Christmas market is held on the first weekend in December every year, where a wide variety of regional fare such as Wensleydale and Swaledale cheeses, homemade cakes, plus local meats and game can be purchased. Street entertainers, carol singers and a brass band set the festive scene, and there's a firework finale on the Sunday afternoon.
One of Knaresborough's most famous daughter's was Ursula Southeil, better known as the prophetess Mother Shipton who, it is said, predicted the Great Fire of London, the Spanish Armada, and the Great Plague of London. The cave where it is thought she was born is now a major tourism attraction. Mother Shipton's Cave is adjacent to the "Petrifying Well" which "turns to stone" objects placed in its waters. These waters, with a high mineral content, were regarded as beneficial to health, and people would come from all over the country to bathe in them.
Places to visit and things to do in Knaresborough:
Poplars Adventure Mega Maze, Knaresborough
Newby Hall, Ripon
St Robert's Cave, Knaresborough
Mother Shipton's Cave, Knaresborough
RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate
Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Royal Baths, Harrogate
Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate
Ripley Castle, Ripley
Old Farmyard, Ripley