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Castlegate Knaresborough

How to find us: Located just a few miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, the historic market town of Knaresborough is easily accessible by road, rail or bus. The town is less than 5 miles from the A1 and is connected to national transport routes via regular trains from Leeds and York.

Arriving by car:

From the A1(M) North or South take the A59 exit and leave the roundabout in the direction of Harrogate. Go straight on at the next roundabout and then at the third roundabout take the third exit signed Knaresborough A59. After half a mile you will see signs to turn left to the FREE park and ride site at GSPK Manse Lane, Knaresborough. Free shuttle buses will take you to the market in the town 5 minutes away, where parking is very limited.

From Harrogate, Leeds or Otley take the A59 to Knaresborough. Follow the York Road to the FREE parking area at GSPK Manse Lane.

Parking: A FREE Park and Ride service is available all weekend from the GSPK car park on Manse Lane (HG5 8LF) to the Bus Station next to the Market Square. This will run from 8am – 6pm. Buses will be every 20 minutes, increasing to every 10 minutes at peak times between 11am and 3pm.

Additional paid parking is available at Chapel Street, Fisher Street, York Place, Waterside and Conyngham Hall, These are all Pay and Display car parks operated by Harrogate & District Council.

Parking is limited close to the Market Square. We therefore strongly advise using the Park and Ride if at all possible.

Accessibility: the Park and Ride buses are single deckers with the usual access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. As mentioned above, parking is limited close to the Market Square and we are expecting a large number of visitors, so consider using the park and ride option if possible.

Arriving on Public Transport:

Trains – there are regular train services to and from York and Leeds. Leeds trains run every 30 minutes and York trains run every hour. Then stroll up the hill towards the Market Place, or down the hill to St. John’s Christmas Tree Festival.

Find out more at www.northernrailway.co.uk.

Buses – Knaresborough is served by regular buses to and from Harrogate (view timetables). These leave from the bus station next to the Market Square. The number 36 then provides onward travel to Ripon and Leeds.

What’s On Saturday 7 Dec 2019

There is so much happening around Knaresborough to get you in the festive spirit, so make sure you allow time to explore our historic town and all it has to offer:

Market Square

Street performers will be entertaining Market visitors at various times throughout the day.

Stage Area Entertainment

Saturday 7th December 2019

10.00    Harrogate Spa Town Ukeleles

11.00     Shepherd Group Concert Band

12.15     Northern Songbirds

13.00     Shepherd Group Concert Band

14.00    Hornbeam Molly

15.00    Christmas Music

Choir at Knaresborough Christmas Market

High Street

Once you have shopped all you can in the Market Square, make your way down Silver Street (past the mulled wine hut) onto the High Street (stopping off at Hirsts the bakers to admire their traditional Edwardian dress). Turn left, walk towards the traffic lights and cross the road to Claro Chambers (former NatWest Bank). Here you will find Knaresborough’s wonderful pop-up museum and ‘Our Knaresborough, Our Stories’ exhibition.

Our Knaresborough Our Stories Pop Up Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castlegate

Take a minute to explore the streets adjoining the Market Square and you will discover the delightful Castlegate area. Here you will find a wide range of independent shops and businesses and a pretty courtyard full of festive surprises. Watch out for Elves!

Castlegate Knaresborough

Grab a special Elf Hunt map (£2.50) and instructions from Jil Long Hairdressing or The Sweet Cabin in Green Dragon Yard and set off in search of Martin the naughty elf and 26 of his helpers – we are pretty sure they will be somewhere in the town centre.

All proceeds from the Elf Hunt, will go to Martin House Hospice for Children and prize winners will be notified on December 23rd 2019. Thanks to all the local businesses who have donated prizes.

Castlegate Knaresborough by Charlotte Gale

Train Station and St John’s Church (Kirkgate)

From the Market Place, follow Kirkgate down to the train station and onwards to the stunning Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church, with over 100 beautifully decorated trees. A must see for anyone visiting Knaresborough this Christmas Market Weekend.

Note: the footpath is still open down the side of Six Poor Folk to access Kirkgate, despite the building work. However, there is also an alternative route down the High Street. Take the road out of the Market Place down the side of Boots onto the High Street, turn left and then left again by Wetherspoons and the post box. Turn right at the end of the road and this will take you back onto Kirkgate and down to the train station and Christmas Tree Festival.

St John's Christmas Tree Festival Knaresborough

Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival by Charlotte Gale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castle Area and Waterside

Witness the famous viaduct river view from the historic castle ruins or enjoy a stroll by the river along Waterside.

The Frozen Nidd at Knaresborough copyright Charlotte Gale

The Frozen Nidd at Knaresborough

As the light fades, walk along  to High Bridge at the end of Waterside and see the fabulous Christmas lights at Mother Shipton’s Cave reflected in the River Nidd.

Mother Shipton's Christmas Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s On Sunday 8 Dec 2019

There is lots happening around Knaresborough to get you feeling festive, so make sure you allow time to explore our beautiful town and all it has to offer:

Market Square

Street performers will be entertaining Market visitors at various times throughout the day.

Stage Area Entertainment

Sunday 8th December 2019

10.30   King James’s Riverside Jazz

11.30    Orb Ukelele Band

12.00    Christmas Music

12.30    St. John’s Church Choir

13.00   Ripon City Morris and Betty Lupton’s Ladle Laikers

14.00   Emily Roberts

15.00    Knaresborough Choral Society

16.30    Spectacular Firework Finale

Morris Dancers at Knaresborough Christmas Market

High Street

Once you have shopped all you can in the Market Square, make your way down Silver Street (past the mulled wine hut) onto the High Street (stopping off at Hirsts the bakers to admire their traditional Edwardian dress). Turn left, walk towards the traffic lights and cross the road to Claro Chambers (former NatWest Bank). Here you will find Knaresborough’s wonderful pop-up museum and ‘Our Knaresborough, Our Stories’ exhibition.

Our Knaresborough Our Stories Pop Up Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castlegate

Take a minute to explore the streets adjoining the Market Square and you will discover the delightful Castlegate area. Here you will find a wide range of independent shops and businesses and a pretty courtyard full of festive surprises. Watch out for Elves!

Castlegate Knaresborough

Grab a special Elf Hunt map (£2.50) and instructions from Jil Long Hairdressing or The Sweet Cabin in Green Dragon Yard and set off in search of Martin the naughty elf and 26 of his helpers – we are pretty sure they will be somewhere in the town centre.

All proceeds from the Elf Hunt, will go to Martin House Hospice for Children and prize winners will be notified on December 23rd 2019. Thanks to all the local businesses who have donated prizes.

Castlegate Knaresborough by Charlotte Gale

Train Station and St John’s Church (Kirkgate)

From the Market Place, follow Kirkgate down to the train station and onwards to the stunning Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church, with over 100 beautifully decorated trees. A must see for anyone visiting Knaresborough this Christmas Market Weekend.

Note: the footpath is still open down the side of Six Poor Folk to access Kirkgate, despite the building work. However, there is also an alternative route down the High Street. Take the road out of the Market Place down the side of Boots onto the High Street, turn left and then left again by Wetherspoons and the post box. Turn right at the end of the road and this will take you back onto Kirkgate and down to the train station and Christmas Tree Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castle Area and Waterside

Witness the famous viaduct river view from the historic castle ruins or enjoy a stroll by the river along Waterside.

The Frozen Nidd at Knaresborough copyright Charlotte Gale

The Frozen Nidd at Knaresborough

As the light fades, gather for our spectacular Firework Finale (Sunday 4.30pm) – best viewed from Knaresborough’s historic Castle Top.

Then walk along to High Bridge at the end of Waterside and see the fabulous Christmas lights at Mother Shipton’s Cave reflected in the River Nidd.

Mother Shipton's Christmas Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Charlotte Gale Photography