On our way from Mother Shipton's Cave in Knaresborough to our hotel in Ripon, we drove passed Knaresborough Castle and thought to give it a visit. You can access it through some steep steps from the caves across the river of Mother Shipton's park, but we decided to drive around and enter it from the high street as it would have been difficult to walk the steps with Clay and his trolley.
The castle was mostly in ruins apart from the King's Tower and courthouse. But on a beautiful day it was still a lovely attraction to visit. According to the Knaresborough's website information, the castle has served its purpose by looking after its townspeople in the early age and has been lived in by the royalty, until after the Civil War when the Parliament has decided to demolish it. They've halted the demolition after receiving a petition from the townspeople to allow them to maintain King's Tower as a prison.
The castle ground was first turned into a tennis court, and now a well maintained park. One thing we've noted, which we probably shouldn't have, was how soft and heavenly the turf was! It was like walking on a soft carpet! Hubby was a bit jealous and wanted that for our back garden.
The courthouse was also saved from being demolished, and is now a museum telling the history of the town. It still stores some of the Tudor courtroom's furniture.
A war memorial has been placed to commemorate local residents who have given their lives in defense of the country during the First and Second World Wars.
The view from the castle ground was breathtaking, and one can only imagine how it would be like from the top of the towers before they were taken down.
The castle is now part of the Queen's inheritance of the Duchy of Lancaster.
On our way back to the car park, we saw a glimpse of a well maintained outdoor swimming pool. We were wondering whether it was a public or private pool. It would be an indulgence to be swimming in such a beautiful and serene place.