Knaresborough is full of surprises and hidden gems, a warren of medieval streets and stone staircases that weave their way up and down the crag.  The town centre is perched above the River Nidd and the imposing railway viaduct across the Nidd Gorge offers an amazing view to visitors as they arrive by train or from the ruined castle.

 The town is full of history, stories, and quirky delights. Too many to mention, but great to explore. There are many independent shops in and around the market square and High Street, offering a great variety of local produce, as well as an abundance of welcoming cafés and pubs.

 The market square in the centre of town offers a great place to take in the atmosphere.  On a Wednesday, stalls fill the square with fresh local produce, plants, flowers, hardware and many other things, at what is one of England’s oldest chartered markets. Residents and visitors flock to the 13th Century market to shop, socialise, and listen to the Town Crier.

 At the base of the crag on which the town sits, you will find a delightful riverside promenade that traps the sun in summer. It has a coastal feel, despite being more than 60 miles from the sea, with cafés, ice-cream and boating.

Photograph courtesy of Charlotte Gale Photography

 Information for businesses in Knaresborough:

We are working with York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub, who are proud to be supporting ShopAppy in Knaresborough.  By its very geography, York and North Yorkshire is home to a diverse range of businesses. Regardless of size or sector, they are available to provide free and impartial business support and mentorship to help you thrive.

They are government-funded but locally based, which means they provide tailored support based around the needs of your unique region. Businesses can access support online, over the phone and on a one-to-one basis with a growth manager. For more info, visit

 If you are a business in Knaresborough and you would like to part of the network, you can register using this link and the Growth Hub will cover the subscription fee for the year ahead: