Knaresborough Castle and Museum

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Knaresborough Castle and Museum is set beautifully towering over the River Nidd. Discover royalty and colourful local characters. Explore the remains of the King's Tower and the secret underground tunnel or sallyport. Download our audio tour for adults and children from our website.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences, Heritage site

Opening hours

Castle open 11am-4.00pm daily from April until September.

Admission charges

Adult £3.40
Concession/NUS £2.30
Child £1.90
Family (2 adults + 3 children) £9.50

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Local history

Collection details

Archaeology, Industry, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Life in a Castle
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
pom pom bat

Creepy Castle!

  • 22 — 28 October 2017 *on now

Knaresborough Castle and Museum will be alive with bats, spiders and ghouls so join in our Halloween fun. While you’re here don’t forget to explore the King’s Tower, dark dungeon and take a trip through the secret underground tunnel. Discover the colourful characters of Knaresborough in the museum. There’ll be some special Halloween sweets and souvenirs in our shop too!

There will be a variety of activities on a daily basis for you to drop in and try:

Discover the legends of Castle ghosts in our trail or borrow a backpack to explore the creepy crawlies in the grounds.

Scare your friends and family with a photo from our Halloween Head in the Hole stand!

Bats, Spiders and Spirits
Create pom pom or paper bats and spiders and add them to our dungeon installation!
Make Halloween howlers from fabric or try your origami skills with Freddy Kreuger finger

Pelt the Pillory
Get your frustrations out by punishing Pillory Pete with fruit and veg (it’s ok, he’s a guy ready for the bonfire!).

Other activities and bookable workshops will be taking place at different times across the week.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.50 adults, £2.50 concessions, £2 children. Family ticket £10 (5 people, 2 adults max).

Visit twice in the week for either a bookable workshop or general admission and get a discount voucher for Saturday 28! Call 01423 556188 or e-mail museums@harrogate.gov.uk for more information.

(Voucher entitles holder to either free admission, free archery, half price masks or make-up or 241 entry to Ghoulish Guests)

Website

http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/creepy

cartoon potion bottles

Pungent Potions

  • 23 October 2017 1:30-2:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm
  • 26 October 2017 1:30-2:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm

Come along and join us for a chance to get gooey in our 1 hour potion creating workshop. Booking is required - either call or e-mail for more information. £2.00 per person.

Visit twice in the week for either a bookable workshop or general admission and get a discount voucher for Saturday 28!
(Voucher entitles holder to either free admission, free archery, half price masks or make-up or 241 entry to Ghoulish Guests)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£2.00 per person.

Website

http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/creepy

Knaresborough Castle lit up at night

Ghostly Gander

  • 23 October 2017 6:30-7:30pm
  • 25 October 2017 6:30-7:30pm

Discover the creepy characters of Knaresborough Castle on our evening tours with local historian Brian Forshaw.

Please bring a torch and wear suitable clothing. Booking recommended, meet at the King’s Tower on the evening.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£4.50 adults, £3 children. Booking recommended.

Visit twice in the week for either a bookable workshop or general admission and get a discount voucher for our Saturday 28 Halloween events! (Voucher entitles holder to either free admission, free archery, half price masks or make-up or 241 entry to Ghoulish Guests).

Call 01423 556188 or e-mail museums@harrogate.gov.uk for more information.

Website

http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/creepy

image of the Sallyport at Knaresborough Castle

A Spooktacular Day

  • 28 October 2017 11am-4pm

Join us for a day of Halloween fun at Knaresborough Castle, there will be lots of things to try!

Have a go Archery
Join Escafeld Medieval Society to try your archery skills!
11am – 3.30pm. £2 per go.
Castle grounds.

Treacherous Trials
Be judge and jury in our courtroom crime and punishment interactive drama. Listen to the evidence in our crimes from the past. Discover the gruesome fate for the guilty!
11.30am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm (30 min approx. per session). Included in admission, just drop in. Limited space.
Tudor Courtroom, museum building.

Shocking Stories
Join us in the Castle for our spooky storytelling sessions.
12.30pm, 2.15pm, 3.00pm (30 min approx. per session). Included in admission, just drop in.

King’s Tower.
Discover the legends of Castle ghosts in our trail or borrow a backpack to explore the creepy crawlies in the grounds.

Scare your friends and family with a photo from our Halloween Head in the Hole stand!

Bats, Spiders and Spirits - Create pom pom or paper bats and spiders and add them to our dungeon installation!

Make Halloween howlers from fabric or try your origami skills with Freddy Kreuger finger

Pelt the Pillory - Get your frustrations out by punishing Pillory Pete with fruit and veg (it’s ok, he’s a guy ready for the bonfire!).

Fearsome Faces - Artist Douglas Thompson will show you some amazing special effects techniques and provide you with your very own horror makeup consultation! Drop in but please be aware that he might not be able to fit everybody in subject to demand. 2.00pm until 4.00pm, £3.

For drop in events, general admission and Ghoulish Guests all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Special offer!
Visit twice in the week for either a bookable workshop or general admission and get a discount voucher for Saturday 28!
(Voucher entitles holder to either free admission, free archery, half price masks or make-up or 241 entry to Ghoulish Guests)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Castle admission prices are £3.50 adults, £2.50 concessions, £2 children. Family ticket £10 (5 people, 2 adults max). Certain activities may have additional charges.

Website

http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/creepy

Ghoulish Guests at Knaresborough Castle

Ghoulish Guests at Knaresborough Castle

  • 28 October 2017 4:45-6:15pm, 6:30-8pm

 Unravel the mystery of the Castle ghost on our treacherous trail.

 Mummify your friends or beat them at Beastly Bingo in the museum.

 Crunch a cockroach and taste the witches’ brew in our refreshments area.

 Play Halloween games in the Castle and guess what’s in the feely boxes.

 Check out the creepy crawly dungeon and Halloween installations.

 Don’t forget to enter the Creepy Costume competition!

Sessions run 4.45pm - 6.15pm and 6.30pm - 8pm, to be booked in advance.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£5 children, £2 adults, £15 family of 4.

Website

http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/creepy

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Macabre Masks

  • 28 October 2017 11-11:45am, 11:45am-12:30pm, 12:30pm-11:15am

Join artist Douglas Thompson to create your own Halloween mask, all materials provided. Booking is required, £3 per mask. Choose your time-slot and call 01423 556188 to book or e-mail for more information.

Special offer!
Visit twice in the week for either a bookable workshop or general admission and get a discount voucher for Saturday 28!

(Voucher entitles holder to either free admission, free archery, half price masks or make-up or 241 entry to Ghoulish Guests)

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per mask, booking is required.

Website

http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/creepy

Knaresborough Castle and Museum
Castle Yard
Knaresborough
North Yorkshire
HG5 8AS
England

Website

www.harrogate.gov.uk/musm/Pages/knaresboroughcastle.aspx

E-mail

museums@harrogate.gov.uk

Telephone

01423 556188

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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