Knaresborough Castle and the Royal Pump Room Museum
Attack! Knaresborough Castle and Museum
It may seem peaceful now, but Knaresborough Castle, in its stunning cliff-top location towering over the River Nidd, was once a mighty stronghold of medieval kings. Take in the awe-inspiring views and then discover the dungeon, ancient graffiti and special secret tunnel.
Originally built 900 years ago, King John, Edward I and Edward II all spent vast sums of money on Knaresbrorough Castle to create one of the North’s most impressive castles. The castle ruins that we see today give only a small glimpse of its former greatness and its colourful role in the nation’s history.
Find out who built the castle and what life was like for the people who lived in it. How did this military fortress become the ruin we see today? Expert guides will take you on a tour of the Keep and the mysterious sallyport, bringing the castle’s history to life.
Inside the museum you’ll find Knaresborough characters including Blind Jack, Guy Fawkes and Mother Shipton. You’ll also find the rare and original Tudor court room where people were tried before being sent down to the castle dungeon.
Discover more about Knaresborough Castle on their website.
Dive in and discover the sights, smells and tastes of The Royal Pump Room Museum
Would you go to a bar or café that only sold water? What if it reeked of sulphur (like rotten eggs!)? Welcome to the Pump Room in Harrogate, North Yorkshire!
First built in 1842, it wasn’t unusual for 1500 glasses of water to be served each morning. The museum now tells the fashionable story of Harrogate and the making of the English spa town, a place famous for its health and happiness.
Charles Dickens, one of Harrogate’s many famous spa visitors, once described the town as “the queerest place with the strangest people leading the oddest lives of dancing, newspaper reading and dining”.
Did you know that in 2014 the cycling eyes of the world were on Harrogate?! The town hosted the Tour de France’s Grand Départ; the start of the world-famous cycling race that takes competitors on a gruelling tour of the mountains, towns and cities of France (but often begins in another country!).The link with bikes goes back much further for Harrogate, though. In 1878, the Cyclists Touring Club of Great Britain was founded in the town. Now, to celebrate Harrogate’s long history of cycling, you can see a brilliant display of Victorian bicycles in the museum.
The museum is also home to an incredible collection of Egyptology, including a unique Anubis mask and a stunning mummy case. You can discover how cutting-edge science has revealed the dates, materials and contents of the museum's Egyptian objects. You can even grab a lab coat and try some scientific investigations of your own using our discovery boxes of replica Egyptian objects!
Find out more about The Royal Pump Room Museum on their website!
YAC Pass Card holders get in free at both Knaresborough Castle and the Royal Pump Room Museum.
YAC Pass Cards are given to all members of YAC's local clubs. We also run regular competitions to win YAC Pass Cards here on the YAC website. Watch this space!