The picturesque market town of Knaresborough is a must see destination on any trip to North Yorkshire. Home to England’s oldest ticketed tourist attraction, a 12th Century Royal castle and spectacular river views over its towering Victorian railway viaduct, it has long been a favourite amongst visitors.

Today the town is home to a wide range of independent shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants, as well as weekly, monthly and seasonal markets (weekly Wednesday market, monthly artisan market and the annual Christmas market and Spring Fayre).

Tourist Information:

Knaresborough Tourist Information

Knaresborough Castle and Courthouse Museum

Mother Shiptons Cave & Petrifying Well

Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag

Games at Conyngham Hall

Knaresborough Tourist Information Sticker Trail

Knaresborough Civic Society Blue Plaque Trail

Renaissance Knaresborough Trompe l’Oeil Window Trail

Knaresborough Weekly Market (every Wednesday)


New Year’s Day Duck Race (organised by Knaresborough Cricket Club)

The Knaresborough Tractor Run (organised by Knaresborough Young Farmers)

Knaresborough Wellness Festival (organised by The Crystal Buddha)

Spring Fayre (organised by Knaresborough Business Collective)

The Great Knaresborough Bunny Hunt

Knaresborough Community Festival

Henshaws Charity Beer Festival (in aid of Henshaws)

Knaresborough Bed Race (organised by Knaresborough Lions)

Party in the Castle (organised by Knaresborough & District Chamber)

FEVA Festival (including the Lions charity Beer Festival)

Knaresborough Scarecrow Trail

Bright Friday and Christmas Light switch on

Knaresborough Christmas Market (organised by Knaresborough & District Chamber, Knaresborough Rotary and Knaresborough Lions)

Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s

Christmas Eve Nativity

Boxing Day Tug of War (The Half Moon pub vs The Mother Shipton’s Inn)