Castlegate & Castle Grounds

Just off the Market Place, Castlegate and the quirky Green Dragon Yard are home to some excellent independent cafes, galleries and shops, as well as the entrance to Knaresborough's historic Castle.

Castlegate Knaresborough shopping by Charlotte Gale Photography

These include Knitting Pretty (pictured below), Painting Pots, Cave and Castle Deli (for a wide range of natural and organic products), Pedalheads Cycles, Brymor Ice Cream, Number 13 coffee shopHoney Bees at Hannahs cafe, Moat Buttery Tea Shoppe, Art in the Mill, Yorkshire Mixture traditional sweet shop, vegan friendly Scarletts Vintage Tea Rooms, Castle Creamery Ice Cream & Coffee Shop and Sue Ryder, as well as hairdressers Kelly Teggin, Arum, Jil Long and Tommy's barber shop.

Knitting Pretty

Continue down Castlegate to Brymor Ice Cream and you will see the entrance to Knaresborough's historic castle grounds on your right. A former Royal residence and still owned by the Queen today, Knaresborough Castle was once a stronghold of Mediaeval Kings and administrative heart of the 'Forest of Knaresborough'. The grounds are free to enter and offer a great viewpoint over the town's picturesque viaduct. Visitors can also pay to enter the castle and Courthouse Museum between 10am and 4pm on a Saturday (3.30pm for the museum).

Knaresborough Castle at night by Charlotte Gale Photography