Princess Corner-Whixley, Knaresborough, Knaresborough, YO26 8EE, United Kingdom
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The ruined castle
Knaresboroughs main Tourist Attraction
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I just love hopping off the bus at the Market Place and then walk downhill to the river via lots of wonderful cottages I wish I owned, like this one at Waterbag Bank - so called as it was from here water was carried up hill to town.
St. John's Church
dates from the NOrman period onwards and the Slingsby family tombs are a special feature. The church bells were used to guide traders to Knaresborough on Market Day. This bell ringing on Tuesday nights still keeps the tradition alive.
The Oldest Chemist Shop
As well as having the oldest attraction, Knaresborough also lays a claim to having the Oldest chemist shop. This shop has stood in Knaresborough Market Place since 1720, However the dates back even further to medieval times.
Its unusual façade and antiquated interior which still harbour original fixtures and fittings of the 18th c Chemist shop have made it an attraction of exceptional value to local people, historians and visitors.
Now the Ist floor rooms are now Tea rooms serving Speciality Teas and confectionary while the ground floor shop sells Luxury Handmade Chocolates, Toffees and Old Fashioned Sweets, Jams & Preserves
"It's a bit like Bridgnorth"
Being a long standing resident of Bridgnorth in Shropshire I was very taken by Knaresborough. The towns have many similarities: both are market towns of similar szie, both have ruined castles over looking a river and both have areas of the town built on two levels. But there the similarities end. Where Bridgnorth has the river Severn gently flowing by the river Nidd seems to thunder through Knaresborough cascading over a weir and large boulders. The castle is much higher above the river and the bridges are higher too. But all in all a wonderful little town well worth a visit.
Continuing the theme of comparison with my own town of Bridgnorth, both towns have castles that supported the Royalists during the civil war and as a consequence were ordered to be destroyed. They managed to destroy a lot more of Bridgnorth's though.
"Nooks and Crannies"
I love poking around old towns where there are always little places to delve into and Knaresborough was no exception.
This pretty North Yorkshire town is one of my favourite places to visit. The view of the River Nidd from the grounds of Knaresborough Castle is a view I never get tired of admiring.
I also enjoy exploring the streets around the market square and then walking down the steps from the castle to the banks of the river.
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