Knaresborough Castle and Museum

Knaresborough Castle and Museum
Castle Yard
North Yorkshire




01423 556188


01423 556130

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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

Open daily 11am until 4pm from 27th March until 15th September and 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th September 2013.

Admission charges

Adult £3.20; Child (16 yrs and younger) £1.75; Concession £2.10; Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £8.50


  • Museums Association

Local history

Collection details

Archaeology, Industry, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Life in a Castle
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Knaresborough Castle Summer Events

Summer Events at Knaresborough Castle

  • 26 July — 14 September 2014 *on now

Pay a visit to Knaresborough Castle this summer for a great day out. With a fabulous summer events programme planned there are activities to suit all ages and abilities. Knaresborough Castle is set in a stunning location towering over the River Nidd, originally built on the site 900 years ago and remaining a Royal Castle to this day. Its one of the North’s most impressive castles with the beautiful King’s Tower, dry moat and walls with 12 towers.

There is plenty to discover at Knaresborough Castle, including the remains of the King’s Tower with its dungeon and garderobe. Join a tour to scurry through the sallyport, a secret underground tunnel out of the castle and see the rare surviving Tudor Courtroom in the museum whilst imagining the crimes of the past. Other activities at the Castle include putting and bowling (small cost applies). Events take place in the Castle, museum or grounds at usual admission charges unless stated otherwise.

Knaresborough Castle and Museum, Castle Yard, Knaresborough HG5 8AS
Tel 01423 556188 e-mail

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adults - £3.30
Children - £1.80
Concs - £2.20

Wartime Object Handling Sessions

Wartime Object Handling Sessions

  • 12 — 26 August 2014 *on now

A red cross apron, complete with wartime blood splatters, is one of the items you can inspect during the museum’s ‘wartime object handling sessions’
You can touch and feel and smell them - this is a real chance to experience history for all ages.

The red cross apron has been donated by Jill Wilkinson, Courthouse Curator, and belonged to her Auntie Alice, born on 12th October 1890. In 1914 at the outbreak of WW1, Alice joined the Red Cross and served throughout. After the war, Alice, like many other women of her generation, never married.

The Workhouse Museum, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


FREE but admission charges apply


Locked Up - Heritage Open Day

Locked Up - Heritage Open Day

  • 14 September 2014 11am-4pm

Explore Ripon’s three museums free of charge as part of the Heritage Open Day Festival. This year’s theme is ‘LOCKED UP”: explore what it meant to be shut in behind the high walls and bars of Ripon’s infamous institutions. Visit the Prison & Police Museum to see how Ripon policing has changed through time and then get face to face with some gruesome historic punishments. Discover the Courthouse Museum where convicts would have been found guilty and awaited their sentence and visit the Workhouse Museum; many poor Victorian families turned to it when there was nowhere else to go but not everyone would leave.

Prison and Police Museum, St. Marygate, Ripon HG4 1LX

Suitable for

  • Family friendly