Knaresborough is a totally different town situated to the north of Harrogate with little to separate the two. It is situated in an enviable natural setting on the summit of a steep limestone gorge through which flows the River Nidd, reminiscent of the towns of Luxembourg or the Ardennes.
The ruined Norman castle sitting in a dominant position above the river, was knocked about by Cromwell 's troops in the Civil War after being held for the King
It was here that Oliver Cromwell’s son, Oliver, was killed.
The castle grounds are now a park with fine views across the river
There is a bowling green with the former court house and lock-up alongside.
The town centre is close by with its traditional market place. This popular market is held every Wednesday.