Fancied a trip around Italy this summer? Since that’s potentially out of the question, why not take a trip to Yorkshire’s very own answer to Venice? Wander around the labyrinth of medieval cobbled streets and soak up the history of the charming market town, Knaresborough in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Dating back to the 5th century, Knaresborough is one of Yorkshire’s prettiest market towns due to its unique placement – overlooking the beautiful River Nidd. The small market town has everything that a visitor could desire and more, with glorious pubs, a quaint town centre and small cafes and independent shops to experience during a visit.
Afterwards, weave your way down to the river via the stone staircase to Yorkshire’s own Venician-style boating experience. Instead of Prosecco and pasta, there are brews and baked goods to enjoy (true Yorkshire style!), and the promenade is a little idyllic sun trap where, in the summer, you can enjoy an ice cream before boarding a private rowing boat.
Romantic, huh? Whilst on the River Nidd, you can’t help being inspired by the 78ft arches that make up the viaduct – which transports the railway line over the gorge. The viaduct is probably Knaresborough in North Yorkshire’s most unique feature of all, providing the old-worldly charm that resembles a 19th-century romance novel.
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Whilst in Knaresborough, be sure to check out the Nidd Gorge – which is a thing of natural beauty with fantastic views made up of emerald green trees that litter the valley sides.
Step outside the town and find Mother Shipton’s Cave, England’s oldest tourist attraction where the famous prophetess was born. The cave sits in an unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.
Along with the Petrifying Well, the cave has enchanted visitors from all over the world with its natural beauty and unique story about Mother Shipton herself, who has famously predicted a number of well-known events, including the Great Fire of London. It’s said hundreds travelled long distances to seek out her wisdom while she was alive, and to this day, thousands visit her cave every single year.
Here are our top picks of things to do in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire:
- Mother Shipton’s Cave
- Bebra Gardens
- Knaresborough Castle & Museum
- Knaresborough Windows Trail
- The World’s End Pub
- River Nidd Waterside Walk
- Chapel Of Our Lady Of The Cragg
- Blind Jack’s Pub
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