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Castles

Nidd Hall, Warner Leisure Hotels has many castles near by see below.

Knaresborough Castle, North Yorkshire

Knaresborough Castle, North Yorkshire

Remains of medieval fortress, erected shortly after the Norman Conquest of England. This was later reinforced by King Henry I in 1170. Viewed as an important northern fortress by English royalty King John, Edward I and Edward II. . Like most other castles across the country, Knaresborough met its end following the Civil War, when in 1648 it was blown up, or slighted, on the orders of Parliament to prevent any future use as a military structure. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.

Spofforth Castle, Spofforth, Yorkshire

Spofforth Castle, Spofforth, Yorkshire

Remains of a fortified manor house, built in the early 14th century. The castle was damaged during the Wars of the Roses, but was later rebuilt in 1559. Suffering further damage during the English Civil War of 1642-46, it lapsed into ruin. Free and open access at any reasonable time.

Skipton Castle, Skipton, Yorkshire

Skipton Castle, Skipton, Yorkshire

One of the most complete medieval castles in England originally built in wood later rebuilt in stone. During the English Civil War the castle was a Royalist stronghold, and following a three-year siege in 1645, it surrendered to Oliver Cromwell's Parliamentarians. After the siege, Lady Anne Clifford ordered the necessary repairs to the castle. Local legend has it that during the siege the castle walls were draped with sheep fleeces to deaden the impact from incoming cannon fire. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.

Pontefract Castle, Pontefract, Yorkshire

Pontefract Castle, Pontefract, Yorkshire

Remains of medieval fortress, originally built around 1070 in wood, later rebuilt in stone. King Henry I during his power struggle with his brother and as a result the castle passed to the crown. Pontefract is best known as the place where Richard II died, probably murdered, in 1399. One of the most important fortresses in the north, the castle housed a royalist garrison in the English Civil War and was eventually destroyed by Parliamentarians after 1649. Normally free admission to the castle grounds and visitors centre.

Sandal Castle, Wakefield, Yorkshire

Sandal Castle, Wakefield, Yorkshire

Remains of the 13th century stone castle, started around 1107. Rebuilt and strengthened during the 13th century using local stone. The castle is best known for the famous Battle of Wakefield which was fought nearby during the Wars of the Roses in 1460. Richard, Duke of York was killed in the battle. In the 1640s during the English Civil War, the castle was besieged twice by Parliamentary forces and later stripped of its defences. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.

Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe, Lancashire

Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe, Lancashire

Remains of three-storeys-high castle keep and modern museum, the Norman keep of the castle is reputed to be the second smallest in England. The stone keep is enclosed within a curtain wall, only part of which remains. Standing almost three storeys high but now roofless, the keep was damaged by Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War. Within the castle grounds is a museum which explains the castle's history. There is free open access to the castle and a small admission fee to the museum.

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