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Welcome to Knaresborough

Whether you’re relaxing at a family-run cafe, exploring local caves or attending one of the town’s festivals, there’s no shortage of things to do in the Yorkshire town of Knaresborough. Close to Harrogate and just a short drive from York, if you’re looking for a charming yet convenient place to call home, a new house in Knaresborough could be the perfect choice for you.

A quick history

Knaresborough is first mentioned in 1086 in the Domesday Book, and just a decade or two later, Knaresborough Castle was built by the Normans. In 1310, the town was given a Royal charter allowing it to host a market - a tradition that continues to this day.

Over the centuries Knaresborough has seen its fair share of disruption, including an invasion by the Scots in the 14th century, and a siege by the Parliamentarians in the 17th century during the English Civil War when the castle fell. The castle was destroyed by the townspeople, and many used the stone for new buildings that still stand to this day.

Business and industry

Knaresborough is home to a number of small businesses and an industrial estate, but most residents commute to nearby towns and cities for work. Harrogate is home to employers including Harrogate Borough Council, Financial Force, Taylors of Harrogate and Harrogate Spring Water, while the town also hosts a large number of business events and conferences at Harrogate International Centre.

Things to do in the area

As a picturesque Yorkshire town, Knaresborough is ideal for a morning or afternoon wandering through the streets, shopping at independent boutiques and taking pit stops at the local cafes. Walking through the town, look out for the ruins of the Norman castle.

Knaresborough is well-known for its railway viaduct, which goes across the River Nidd. The town is also home to Mother Shipton’s Cave, St Robert’s Cave and the House in the Rock, otherwise known as Fort Montague.

The town hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts, and The Great Knaresborough Bed Race, when six runners and a ‘passenger’ tackle a 2.4 mile course with a decorated bed. 

If you’re moving to Knaresborough with children or want to get out in the great outdoors, popular family days out in the local area include visits to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB and Stockeld Park.

Travel and commuting

Knaresborough has a train station on the Harrogate line between Leeds and York, and the A1(M) is also nearby. Harrogate is just 10 minutes away from Knaresborough by car, while the journey to York takes 30 minutes by car or 25 minutes by train. Leeds is a 35 minute drive away or 45 minutes on the train.

The quickest way to London is by train, with a journey time of two hours 45 minutes from Knaresborough to King’s Cross, changing once in York. If you’re going on holiday or taking a trip with work, Durham Tees Valley Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport are nearby.

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