Known for his charity to the poor and destitute, St Robert of Knaresborough (c. 1160 – 1218) attracted followers wherever he settled but ran into trouble with the Constable of Knaresborough Castle, William de Stuteville. As a result, Robert came to live in a cave by the River Nidd. His reputation as a holy man and miracle worker attracted many pilgrims to this hermitage.
Giving in to public opinion, the Constable of the castle granted Robert a piece of land and he lived in the the cave for the rest of his life, with a chapel built nearby.
Knaresborough Castle and Museum
The castle and Courthouse Museum are now closed throughout the winter months, reopening on Monday 29 March 2021. The castle grounds are open all year round, 24 hours a day.Address: