Welcome to Knaresborough

Knaresborough is a picturesque market town in North Yorkshire, nestled on the banks of the River Nidd. Steeped in history and famed for its picture postcard viaduct view, Knaresborough has long been a favourite amongst visitors. Indeed it is home to England's Oldest tourist attraction, Mother Shipton's Cave and Petrifying Well.

Knaresborough Viaduct by Charlotte Gale Photography

Join us on the first weekend in December for a wonderful festive event centred around Knaresborough's historic market square, with quality stalls and live entertainment. Then take some time to discover the rest of the town, including its many independent shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

Castlegate Knaresborough shopping street by Charlotte Gale Photography

Take in the famous viaduct river view from the historic castle ruins, follow the town Trompe o'eil window or blue plaque trails, or simply enjoy a stroll by the river along Waterside.

Water Bag Bank Knaresborough Trompe I'oeil windows by Charlotte Gale Photography

The Christmas market itself takes place in Knaresborough's central market square. However, there are festive events throughout the town over the Christmas Market Weekend, including the Mother Shipton's Christmas Experience (entry fee/pre-booked tickets only) and stunning Christmas Tree festival at St John's Parish Church (free to admission) with over 70 beautifully decorated trees.

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Bus Station The bus station is only a two minute walk from the Market Place
GSPK A park and ride service is available from the GSPK car park on Manse Lane
St. John's Church Visit St. John's Church to see the Christmas Tree Festival
Manse Lane Car Parking A Park and Ride service is available from Manse Lane to the town.
The Market Place The Market Place is the primary location for Knaresborough Christmas Market