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.
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.


image of a woman and a boy

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • 22 July 2018 7:30-10pm

Deep in the Northumbrian countryside a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world's greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.

The performance will be staged in the Castle grounds so please bring your own chairs and a picnic. It will take place whatever the weather. Doors open from 6.30 pm.


Tickets need to be booked in advance, £15 for adults, £10 for children and £46 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Contact or call 01423 556188 for more information.

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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