Knaresborough Castle and Courthouse Museum

Knaresborough Castle Keep
Knaresborough Castle Castleyard Knaresborough   HG5 8AS

Opening Times:
Open: 11am-4.00pm daily from 25 March until 14 September, (plus weekends 19/20 and 26/27 September).

Admission charges:
- Adult £3.40
- Concession/NUS £2.30
- Child £1.90. 

- Family (2 adults + 3 children) £9.50
Group rates are available.

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About the Castle:
A stronghold of Medieval Kings, Knaresborough Castle stands towering over the River Nidd. A visit to the site includes a tour to discover what Royalty got up to in the King's Tower, get a glimpse of the dungeon and walk through the underground sallyport.


Inside the original Tudor Courthouse you can still see the a court scene in place within the original layout.


The building also houses a museum with three main galleries:

Discover the history of Knaresborough’s famous residents such as Blind Jack and Guy Fawkes, the industries of the town and artefacts from the Castle’s days housing a prison.

Look out for the shirt allegedly worn during the execution of local Royalist, Sir Henry Slingsby, following his role in the English Civil War. Try on clothes from the period.

You can also see beautiful archaeological treasures found in the area.

Don’t leave without seeing chainmail, trying on Medieval clothes and playing Medieval games in the hands-on ‘Life in a Castle’ gallery.


Contact Details:
Tel: 01423 556188 Email:

Learning Programmes:

- An Introduction to Castles

- Siege of the Castle

- Stories of Knaresborough Castle

- Tudor Crime and Punishment

- Tudor Rich and Poor



Medieval castle life




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