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
Knaresborough Castle including the Keep is open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout July, August and September from 10am until 4pm. The last entry is 3.30pm. The castle grounds are open all year round, 24 hours a day.Address: