Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We've taken the decision to close all of our leisure centres, swimming pools, community centres, Turkish Baths, our two museums, the Mercer art gallery and tourist information centres.

This is with effect from end of business tonight (Friday 20 March) and these buildings will remain closed until further notice. The decision is in line with updated government guidance and reflects the need for us to do what we can to encourage greater social isolation in light of the spread of the coronavirus. If you are affected by these closures, there is no need for you to get in touch. If you are a member of our venues, having swimming or diving lessons or other regular activities, your membership will be suspended and you will not be charged for April or May. If you have existing bookings, you'll be contacted over the coming days.


Knaresborough Castle is a scheduled ancient monument which is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and maintained by us.

The grounds are open as a public park all year round and provide a haven in the centre of the town. The castle stands on top of a high cliff and has dramatic views across to the viaduct and the River Nidd. The grassed areas are enhanced with mature trees and flowerbeds.

Facilities include:

  • courthouse museums
  • band concerts from May to the end of August
  • crown bowling green
  • 18-hole putting green
  • public toilets in the car park
  • award-winning war memorial

Visitor information

The outdoor sports are available from March until October.

Knaresborough Castle is accessed from Cheapside or Market Place. The address is Castle Yard, Knaresborough, HG5 8AS. There is a pay and display car park just outside the castle grounds, and there are other pay and display car parks in Chapel Street and the Market Place. The coach drop-off point is in Chapel Street and coach parking is in York Place.

The main entrance is accessible and pathways run around the yard. Disabled toilets are located at the entrance to the site. Routes to Waterside from Knaresborough Castle are steeply sloping, stepped footpaths.

Page last updated 23/03/2020