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.


The Castle grounds are accessible for wheelchairs but there is limited access to the historic buildings. The main entrance is accessible and pathways run around the yard.

Disabled toilets are located at the entrance to the castle site.

Routes to Waterside from Knaresborough Castle are steeply sloping, stepped footpaths.

The Courthouse Museum has a hearing induction loop.

Visitor information

Entry to the Castle allows visitors to see the remains of the King's tower, and includes entry into the Courthouse Museum. Purchase your admission ticket at the Courthouse Museum.

Toilets are located at the entrance to the castle site.

There is a small shop selling gifts, souvenirs, postcards and books as well as soft drinks and ice-creams

Outdoor sports are available from March to October. Equipment is available to hire on an hourly rate from the Museum.

You are welcome to picnic in the castle grounds.

The Castle grounds are open all year round, 24 hours a day. The Castle and Museum are open to visitors from Easter to September.

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Page last updated 23/03/2020