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A Day out in Knaresborough

24 August 2018

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A day out in Knaresborough 

Want to go out in Knaresborough and make a day of it? Well, we’ve got your itinerary sorted. This town has a wealth of history and secret places to discover.

The Black Mulberry

Start the day here at The Black Mulberry café, the breakfast looks incredible and it’s the perfect location for your next activity which is boating. They have a gluten free menu and dogs are more than welcome. The Black Mulberry also has lunch and dinner menus so be sure and check those out. 

Knaresborough boats, river Nidd

Blenkhorns Boats, Bridge House

Open March to October 

Adults £7.00 and children and OAP’s £5.00, pups and under 5s go free.

It doesn’t matter if your party is large or small Blenkhorns have boats in a range of sizes. Boats come in sizes of seating so five-seaters, six, ten and punts. Life jackets are provided.

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Mother Shipton’s Cave is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the UK. It is also the last remaining part of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. Having been to see the cave recently I can definitely recommend it, it’s amazing. So well preserved and it’s probably one of the few remaining sites of its kind. The well is a massive mineral deposit with a flat top, water flows out from the top of the cave fed by an underground lake, the water combined with the minerals turns the outer walls to a smooth stone and any objects hung under the flow are also turned to stone. Have a look at some of the famous predictions of Mother Shipton here. 

Mother Shiptons cave

Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag 

This chapel was cut into the rocky crags overlooking the River Nidd in 1408 by John the Mason. The story goes that John’s son was nearly killed by a rock fall while working in the quarry. John prayed to the Virgin Mary to save him and when his son miraculously emerged from the rubble unscathed he built the chapel to give thanks to the virgin mother. The Chapel is a beautiful sight to behold but the inside is only open occasionally by volunteers so get in touch with the owners, Ampleforth Abbey beforehand if you want to see inside. If you're big into your history you should also check out Knaresborough Castle


For Dinner: It’s your choice of what you fancy? Pub grub, pizza or tapas. All of these establishments have great reviews on trip advisor.

Two Brothers Grill and Pizzeria

Family owned restaurant in a quiet courtyard. The staff are friendly and the portion sizes are big, so if you’re famished after a long, active day this is the place to go. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard and the Two Brothers have gluten-free pizza options.

 P-P-P Pulled pork pizza, homemade tomato BBQ sauce mozzarella cheese, slow cooked pulled pork, fried onion and oregano. There is much more than pizza, pasta, salads and steak also feature on this menu with mouth-watering descriptions.

The Mother Shipton Inn                    

A welcoming landlord and old world charm. You can’t beat a traditional inn for pub grub. All reviews of this inn are fantastic, some people travelling miles to come back in the same week. The Mother Shipton Inn is dog-friendly.

Red wine braised lamb shank, creamy mash and rich gravy are just one of the options on this menu but it all sounds delicious.


Carriages have the best beer garden in Knaresborough, with views over the train station and the menu has something to suit everyone’s tastes. Tapas, seafood and traditional steaks and roasts. How does mixed seafood tagliatelle shellfish bisque with prawns sound?

We hope you enjoy your day out in Knaresborough and please tag us in your Instagram sightseeing pictures.

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