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Knaresborough Travel Guide: 51 reviews and 122 photos

The beautiful town of Knaresborough

Knaresborough is an historic market town and spa town in the borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.

The sites include, Knaresborough castle, Mother Shiptons Petriying Well, The House in The Rock, several Cave's and one chapel all dating from the middle ages.

Mother Shipton's

Ursula Southeil born in 1488 and died in 1561, were better known as Mother Shipton. She was told to be a English Soothsayer and prophetess who is said to have made several of unusual predictions such as; Great plague of London, Spanish Armada and Great Fire of London.

People say it is a myth to believe such things and generally to of said others composed her prophecies after her death.

Mother Shipton were born in a cave in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, in a cave known as Mother Shipton's Cave. She were said to be hideously ugly and supposedly fathered by the Devil.

Knaresborough Castle

It was built in 1100 by Norman baron on the cliff above the River Nidd. The castle is now pretty much ruined. It comprised of two walled baileys set one behind the other, with the outer bailey on the town side and the inner bailey on the cliff side.

The enclosure wall was punctuated by solid towers along its length, and a pair, which you can still see today, formed the main gate. At the junction between the inner and outer baileys.

On the north side of the castle stood a tall five-sided keep, the eastern parts of which has been pulled down.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The views, friendly people, things to see and do
  • Cons:Not enough parking, can be expensive to activities
  • In a nutshell:More than a pretty view
  • Last visit to Knaresborough: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 12, 2008
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  • MURRA's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    rural england really moves me, i dont think could affort live there though

  • adrianspencertaylor's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Thanks Kay I fancy a trip up there sometime somwhere to eat now Regards Adrian

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    A little corner of the globe that I didnt know existed... love your intro pic

  • suvanki's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Enjoyed reading your tips, and seeing your photos- A nice town which I'd like to visit again one day for a better look-only had about an hour here last year. Best Wishes, Sue

  • Dec 7, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Grand lass, good pages. Im building some Yorkshire pages too.

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