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


  • 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.
image of Knaresborough Castle

Minibeasts and Muddy Hands!

  • 28 May — 3 June 2018 *on now

Visit the Castle and grounds this half term to get up close with nature. Pick up a backpack or trail to explore the creatures, plants and trees found around the Castle site. Have a go at craft activities in the museum, or visit our activities room and dress up.

Take home a planting pack to start your own growing or a craft box to create bug boxes and art inspired by the natural world.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adults £3.50, children £2, concessions £2.50, family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £10. There will also be a small additional charge for take home activity resources.

King's Tower, Knaresborough Castle

Civil War in Knaresborough

  • 8 July 2018 11am-4pm

A spectacular experience from the days of the English Civil War, as re-enactors from the Sir Thomas Glemham's Regiment of the Sealed Knot Society create a living history village with cameos of l17th century life. Let us transport you back to a time when the sights and sounds of cannon, musket and pike drills and firing guns filled the Knaresborough air.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


See the Castle, Sallyport and Museum for the combined price of £2 per adult or concession and £1 per child.


underground tunnel at Knaresborough Castle

The Castle Under Siege!

  • 11 August 2018 11am-4pm

A special day discovering the weapons and weak spots that were used to attack Knaresborough Castle in the past. Make your own weapons and take a tour to attack the ramparts!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£2 adults, £1 children – bookable in advance.


image of the King's Tower at Knaresborough Castle

Heritage Open Days

  • 15 September 2018 11am-4pm

Enjoy free entry to the Keep and Courthouse Museum as part of the Heritage Open Days weekend. Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Discover other interesting places to visit

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free entry to the Keep and Courthouse Museum. Bookable tours will be available at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

Knaresborough Castle and Museum
Castle Yard
North Yorkshire




01423 556188

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