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Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well
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Knaresborough
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Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

Mother Shipton’s is a beloved Knaresborough landmark and England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630. This popular visitor attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the Petrifying Well. Historic Woodland Walk A picturesque mile-long walk along the River Nidd features the cave where famous Yorkshire prophetess Mother Shipton was born. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, a unique geological phenomenon. Over hundreds of years curiosity has drawn millions of visitors to the...

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
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Boroughbridge
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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens

Beningbrough, on the outskirts of Harrogate, with its eight acres of gardens and art gallery in the hall, is...

Ripon Courthouse Museum
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Ripon
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Ripon Courthouse Museum

Follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through the three Ripon Museums. The Liberty Courthouse remains virtually unchanged...

Black Sheep Brewery & Tours
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Masham
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Black Sheep Brewery & Tours

Newly refurbished in 2017, Black Sheep Brewery is a fantastic place to eat, drink and learn about their rich...

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A broad and fascinating array of unique attractions is waiting to be discovered when you visit the Harrogate District.

Historic abbeys, castles, country houses and monuments tell the ancient stories of politics, religion and power. From Roman mosaics and medieval strongholds to 18th Century showpieces, generations have left their mark for us to see today.

No visit is complete without a trip to the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal or the lovely Ripon Cathedral, believed to be a source of inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.


How Stean in a cave

As you would expect from the home of the prestigious Harrogate Flower Shows, this part of the world is a garden lover’s paradise. We have an extraordinary range of almost forty parks and gardens to enjoy including the Royal Horticultural Society’s most northerly gardens, magnificent formal and public gardens and some more exotic surprises too!

There is plenty among our attractions to keep the whole family entertained with a variety of visitor attractions offering anything from nature trails and adventure playgrounds to miniature railways, ice-skating and boating. With the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on our doorstep there is every opportunity to experience the outdoors with a little adventure or just take some time to explore the wonders of the natural world. 

Ripon Museums John as gardener

Museums and galleries are peppered across the District, each different to the next and our lively theatres and cinemas and rich programme of leading arts festivals mean that there is always something to entertain you.

Whatever your age, whatever your passion you will always find something memorable to do when you visit this District.

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Cocktail recipes
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9th Apr 2020
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Cocktail recipes

Put your time at home to good use by practicing your mixology skills! Try these two easy and delicious...

Caring for the state beds
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Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well
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Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

Mother Shipton’s is a beloved Knaresborough landmark and England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630. This popular visitor attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the Petrifying Well. Historic Woodland Walk A picturesque mile-long walk along the River Nidd features the cave where famous Yorkshire prophetess Mother Shipton was born. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, a unique geological phenomenon. Over hundreds of years curiosity has drawn millions of visitors to the...

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