We like to refer to Knaresborough as Yorkshire’s own Venice. With its beautiful cobbled streets, beautiful viaduct, and castle it’s steeped in history – and is the perfect spot to chill. We’ve put together a list of things to do in Knaresborough for the day.
From checking out the views over the viaduct from Knaresborough Castle to renting a boat and taking a paddle on the River Nidd, there is plenty to do to keep you happy when visiting the North Yorkshire market town.
Things to do in Knaresborough: by day
Take in the view of Knaresborough viaduct from Knaresborough Castle
Enjoy breathtaking views? Knaresborough Castle, a ruin overlooking the River Nidd in Knaresborough offers awe-inspiring views of the beautiful market town.
The remains are open to the public and are free to explore that public space with the option to step inside the interior for a fee. It’s a popular spot for people visiting the historic location, so make sure you tick it off your things to do in the Knaresborough list. Castle Yard, Knaresborough HG5 8AS
Enjoy handmade ice cream at Brymor Ice Cream
Staring at beautiful views can work up an appetite, so head on over to Brymoor Ice Cream for some handmade ice cream that is sure to hit the spot.
Once you’ve got your ice cream head that is made on the farm in High Jervaulx near Masham, you can head down to the River Nidd for a stroll along the river. 1 Castlegate, Knaresborough HG5 8AR
Dine by the River Nidd at Marigolds Cafe & Boating
You’ll be stretched to find a restaurant with a better view. This cafe is the best spot to sit and watch the world go by whilst enjoying a nice brew, freshly made sandwich, or ice cream.
Who knows, you might even get a chance to see a kingfisher or cheeky otter the Marigolds Cafe is such a beautiful spot found along the River Nidd in Knaresborough. 16 Waterside, Knaresborough HG5 8DE
Take a boat ride under Knaresborough Viaduct
Head to Knaresborough Blenkhorn’s Boat Hire or Marigolds Boating to rent a row boat and head out onto the River Nidd. Enjoy the most unique views of the beautiful Knaresborough Viaduct.
You’ve heard of the gondolas in Venice, well take the oars and have a romantic boat ride with stunning scenery along the river that runs through Knaresborough.
Potter around the independent shops
Packed full of wonderful, independent shops, Knaresborough isn’t short of places to potter. From lovely little bookshops and wine shops to vinyl stores, antique shops, and vintage stores, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Things to do in Knaresborough: by night
Head to quaint bar Six Poor Folk for live music and great vibes
An independent bar in Knaresborough serving up great ales, spirits, and wines with a fantastic beer garden out back great for socialising and that plays host to live bands and other events throughout the year. You can enjoy plenty of events, serving small plates, sarnies, roast dinners,s and more.
Have a romantic meal with your significant other at General Tarleton
General Tarleton serves up tasty dishes using fresh local produce to create small and large plates inspired from all over the world. They’ll serve up the grub via the bar and terrace.
Ralph’s fine dining restaurant is open Wednesday through to Saturdays and offers a seven-course tasting menu with wine flight and on Sundays they do a classic roast.
Get cosy and Blind Jack’s traditional pub with views of Knaresborough Castle
Blind Jack’s is a hidden gem with fantastic views of Knaresborough Castle. Get chatting to friendly locals over a few choice ales or maybe a cheeky Slingsby G&T.
The old pub has a quaint, worldly feel to it and is a rare find that you won’t mind stumbling out of after spending longer than you intended a whole lot merrier than when you entered.