Knaresborough is a picturesque and historic market town and a great location for family holidays in North Yorkshire. We offer a wide selection of character holiday properties in this area.

Experience the beauty of Knaresborough

A trip to the delightful market town of Knaresborough is like a trip through time! This medieval town set in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, dates back to Norman times and enjoys a spectacular setting.  It’s beautiful town centre and castle sit perched on top of the dramatic cliff overlooking the river Nidd, whilst its narrow winding streets and paths lead down to the waterside below. There’s so much to see and do you’ll be left wishing you stayed for longer!

A handpicked range of high quality holiday accommodation

We have the widest range of self catering accommodation in Knaresborough to suit your needs. Whether it’s a compact apartment within walking distance of the town centre (The Stables at Spinney Croft), a beautifully furnished three bedroomed town house overlooking the river (Nidd View) or holiday cottages roomy enough to accommodate groups of friends and family (Dray and Shire Cottage), we’ve got your holiday covered!  You can even stay at a castle set into the rock (Tenter Turret). 

Experience Yorkshire’s history and explore Knaresborough’s attractions

Knaresborough is well known for its range of amazing attractions, from historic locations to something for all the family to enjoy. Knaresborough Castle offers possibly the best vantage point in the town commanding views up and down the River Nidd, and overlooks the iconic Victorian railway viaduct spanning the gorge.  A perfect spot for a picnic on a warm day – but make sure the resident ravens don’t pinch your lunch!

The restored Tudor Courtroom Museum in the castle grounds gives a fascinating insight into the law and order of the time and offers family friendly fun and learning during school holidays.

Yorkshire boasts England’s oldest visitor attraction at Mother Shipton’s Cave, where the celebrated Knaresborough prophetess made her home and to this day the petrifying well is still turning household objects to stone.  This mystical attraction has been welcoming visitors since 1630.

A thriving market town

Knaresborough received its royal charter to hold a weekly market in 1310 and market day still takes place every Wednesday. Be sure to make time to visit and bag a bargain as well, and don’t forget to sample some of the best local produce on offer.

Messing about on the river – Fun on the Waterside!

Make your way down one of the many winding paths (the beautiful Bebra Gardens built into the cliff face is our favourite) and down to Waterside, which on a warm day has a feel of the French Riviera! 

What a perfect way to pass a lazy day!  Why not hire a row boat for an hour or so before refreshing yourself at one of the lovely café’s lining the water front? The Black Mulberry, The Marigold and the Riverside Café are all fantastic for watching the world go by!

Get active with the many walks and trails in and around Knaresborough

And if you fancy stretching your legs and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, the Woodland Trust managed Nidd Gorge has a network of paths and trails where you might be lucky enough to spot a roe deer, dippers, woodpeckers, kingfishers or even an otter!  This ancient woodland is a treasure for nature lovers with its hugely diverse fungi, tree and plant species.

An all year round calendar of events

Knaresborough has a vibrant community spirit and the town enjoys a very wide range of events; the hugely popular FEVA cultural festival offers art, music, dance, drama and poetry performances to enthusiastic audiences throughout the town. 

And for the more energetic, the world famous Knaresborough Bed Race involves 90 teams racing a 2.4 mile course around the town’s streets, including a river crossing and pushing ……. A bed!!  Many of our Knaresborough accommodation lines the route for a great view of the spectacle! 

Fancy a bite to eat?  Knaresborough’s best pit stops for food and drink

The beauty of a self catering holiday is being able to prepare your own food when you like, but don’t leave without sampling some of the town’s great eateries! If you love craft beer, Blind Jack’s in the Market Square and the Half Moon Free House have bags of character, whilst Carriages and Six Poor Folk restaurants receive rave reviews for their food.  If you’d like to venture further afield, the Guy Fawkes Arms in Scotton Village is a personal favourite of ours for food, drink and a great welcome.


Local Attractions in Knaresborough


Knaresborough is a charming market town located to the North East of Harrogate. There's a castle and a train station and The River Nidd, which meaders through it. The area by he river is called Waterside and it's a great starting place for walking or just watching the world go by. There are some waterside cafe's, which are perfect for a full Yorkshire breakfast or just an ice cream. There are also traditional rowing boats for hire which is a great way to while away an hour or two.

If you are staying in Knaresborough, getting to Waterside is an easy stroll. The train station is a five minutes walk too and there are direct trains from Harrogate, Leeds and York (So Huby guests can hop on the train on at Weeton). It really is a pleasant place to spend a day. 


Knaresborough Castle is dramatically set high up on the cliff overlooking the River Nidd. Explore the castle independently or join a tour to discover the history of the King’s Chamber, visit the dungeon and scurry through the secret underground exit (sallyport).

There are also plenty of hands-on activities in the acclaimed ‘Life in a Castle’ gallery as well as Civil War costumes to try on. Special events and activities for families, adults, and children take place throughout the year. Visit here for more details.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate.


Mother Shipton's Cave is England's oldest visit attraction dating from 1630.  The nearby Petrifying Well is a unique geological phenomenon turning everyday objects to stone!

Visit here for more details.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate


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