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Places Of Interest in Harrogate

Places of Interest in Harrogate There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in and around Harrogate, so get out and about during your visit and see the stunning sights on offer.

Knaresborough Castle and Museum [map] offers a great day out for all the family. Knaresborough's royal castle stands towering over the River Nidd, a symbol of the wealth of Medieval Kings. Most of what remains today was built by Edward II in the early fourteenth century, although there are still remains of King John's moat. The Castle Tour reveals the Castle’s interesting past and reveals the lives of its occupants.

Join the Castle Tour and discover the mysterious underground Sallyport or explore the Keep and its dungeon at your own pace.

Knaresborough Castle is open all year round, but the historical elements are closed during the winter months.

Another great visitor attraction in Knaresborough is the magical wonder of Mother Shipton’s Cave. Mother Shipton is the world’s most famous prophetess. She lived more than 500 years ago during the reign of King Henry VIII. Diarist Samuel Pepys wrote how Mother Shipton foretold of the Great Fire of London in 1666 and her prophetic visions were well known and feared.

Thousands of people flock to see the Cave where Mother Shipton was born and stop to gaze in wonder at the Petrifying Wall, where objects turn to stone before your very eyes. Before you leave don't forget to pause to make a wish at The Wishing Wall, which has a very high success rate.

Mother Shipton’s Cave and The Petrifying Wall can be found at Prophecy House [map], Knaresborough.

Harrogate’s RHS Harlow Carr Garden offers a relaxing retreat from the stresses of every day life. With seven themed gardens reflecting gardening evolution over the past 200 years this garden is the ideal place to learn some new gardening skills and admire the work of the experts.

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