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Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well

| High Bridge, Prophecy Lodge, Knaresborough, Harrogate HG5 8DD, England
+44 1423 864600
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We visited here as my wife had never done so in 2014. It was a long walk along the whole site, but... read more

Reviewed today
Cayton, United Kingdom
Lovely interesting visit

This is a lovely place to have a picnic, right by the river, there is a park for the children and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Consett, United Kingdom
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Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park's natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton's birthplace and her amazing story. The park has several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Themed events run during school holidays. The park is open weekends in March then every day from 1st April to 29th October 10 am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission).
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  • Very good37%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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| High Bridge, Prophecy Lodge, Knaresborough, Harrogate HG5 8DD, England
+44 1423 864600
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Reviewed today

We visited here as my wife had never done so in 2014. It was a long walk along the whole site, but once one gets to the cave it gets really interesting. Watch out for the petrified hats above the waterfall.....oh and the teddies!

Thank KennyC999
Reviewed yesterday

This is a lovely place to have a picnic, right by the river, there is a park for the children and lots of interesting historic information, i was really intrigued to see the Petrifying well and the wishing well. Nice tidy picnic area`s dotted around...More

Thank LimeSoda2014
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very glad we ingored the negative reviews on here. We went during half term, to the Labyrinth event. Lots of fun, not too complex but a nice addition to the cave and well itself. Good value for money if you include the event. Had toddler,...More

Thank Claire W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Both my wife and I enjoyed our visit here, take time to read and listen to the installations they've added to make your trip more informative Lovely walk down to the cave next to the river, you can also park inside but we parked across...More

Thank MarkAnthonyPotter
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well worth a visit. Interesting place to visit.and lovely walk through the trees. Liked the carvings in the trees. The story of Mother Shipton worth listening to.

Thank shirley1482016
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Mother Shiptons cave last month as we were looking for family days out where we could take our dog. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Mother Shipton's cave fitted the bill. We arrived at round 11am and Stayed for around 2...More

Thank LISA E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Sunday 11th June and really enjoyed the experience as last visited this place 24 years ago well worth a visit if in knaresborough for some local history and great day round knaresborough to

Thank Jarred J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although a long walk through the woods, it is well worth the effort. The petrifying well is fascinating as is the story of Mother Shipton. Good push button audio supplied.

Thank Thelma A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went as a family to this place and we all enjoyed it. They do a good job of maintaining it and keeping in the lore of the whole Mother Shipton lore. I enjoyed the whole labyrinth (film) tour they had going on with the...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I decided to go for a visit , if not been in years . I saw that characters from the film Labyrinth we're going to be their . The place is great for children , plenty of play areas. It's not very good for wheelchair...More

Thank gothicwax
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Can you actually go in the cave?
21 June 2017|
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Response from Phyllismargaret | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can go into a very small open cave with a figure of Mother Shipton to give it atmosphere.
What time does it open on a Sunday ?
27 May 2017|
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Response from Fiona M | Property representative |
Hi, we open 10am every day. Last admission is at 3.30pm
It is disability friendly
21 July 2016|
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Response from ThomasJPitts | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the disability. There are a lot of steps for instance.