Knaresborough is an historic market town and spa town on four miles east of Harrogate. The River Nidd flows down a steep gorge through Knaresborough, providing picturesque riverside and woodland scenery. A stone viaduct over the river provides a much photographed view of the town.
The ruins of Knaresborough Castle are perched in a commanding position above the Nidd and provide excellent views. Reconstructions of battles are sometimes enacted here by local historical groups.
Knaresborough's other attractions include Mother Shipton's Cave and Petrifying Well, The House in the Rock, and several cave dwellings, one a chapel dating from the Middle Ages. Knaresborough is also the site of the oldest chemist shop in England, opened in 1720.
An annual event which attracts crowds of visitors is the Knaresborough Bed Race, held in June. Competing teams decorate bed frames in accordance with an annual theme. After a parade through the town and the judging of the best bed, the teams race with their beds through the town, having to cross the river Nidd and ascend a steep bank to reach the finishing line.OS grid reference SE 355 575
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