Kirkgate House B&B Knaresborough – A market town steeped in history

Knaresborough’s was a favourite of King John and Guy Fawkes as one of the town’s more notorious sons.

Today Knaresborough is a vibrant Yorkshire town with medieval streets and stunning views of the river Nidd from the Castle. Enjoy boating on the river or a glass of something special at Blind Jacks.

The beauty of Knaresborough is there are so many things to do and see. Every year the calendar is jam-packed with social events such as the Knaresborough Bed Race. More recently the town welcomed the Tour De France through its streets and is still a preferred route of the Tour De Yorkshire.

Located approximately 6 miles from the beautiful spa town of Harrogate and only 12 miles from Ripon, Knaresborough is ideally situated to provide you with a break with so much to see and do, you’ll have to come back again to make sure you get to see it all! That being said; Knaresborough is a peaceful and relaxing market town, so if all you want to do is stroll around the castle grounds or have a nice coffee and ice cream next to the River Nidd then they are just a stones throw from Kirkgate House B&B too.

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Historic Knaresborough

Knaresborough is mentioned in the Doomsday Book as Chednarsburg and Knaresborough Castle dates from Norman times.

During the Civil War, following the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644, the castle was besieged by Parliamentary forces. The castle eventually fell and in 1646 an order was made by Parliament for its destruction (but not carried out till 1648). The destruction was mainly done by citizens looting the stone. Many town centre buildings are built of ‘castle stone’.

The first Maundy Money was distributed in Knaresborough by King John on 15 April 1210. Knaresborough Forest, which extended far to the south of the town, is reputed to have been one of King John’s favourite hunting grounds.

The Town was granted a Royal Charter by King Edward II to hold a market in 1310. A market is still held every Wednesday in the Market Place.

See & do

Knaresborough – A vibrant Yorkshire town with plenty to see and do.

Whether its for the boats on the river Nidd under the viaduct, the friendly cafes and pubs or Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough is a great place to visit. Walk along the river, enjoy and ice cream or admire the magnificent views from the Castle Grounds in the footsteps of Guy Fawkes, York and Leeds are great day trips from Knaresborough with the station 150 yards from Kirkgate House.



Our light and airy en suite rooms are comfortable, tastefully decorated spaces in which to relax and unwind. Our superior double bedroom retains the charm of the 17th century house whilst providing views of medieval street of Kirkgate. The stylishly refurbished standard double overlooks the courtyard and has a view of part of Knaresborough Castle as does the twin room.

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Locally sourced free range eggs, award winning sausages form Elite meat of Harrogate with mushrooms and tomatoes sourced from Knaresborough’s farmer’s market. These ingredients together with the skill and care of Karen mean that you can always start your day with a great Yorkshire breakfast served between 7:00 and 9:45.

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