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Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

High Bridge, Knaresborough, NORTH YORKSHIRE, HG5 8DD
Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

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Tel: 01423 864600

Along the banks of the River Nidd, Mother Shiptons Cave is the birthplace of Yorkshire’s famous prophetess.  It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. This popular visitor attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the magical water which turns objects to stone.

Family Day Out

The park has several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground.

Themed events run during school holidays. In 2019 families can enjoy a Hoppy Easter Adventure Trail, May Half Term with Unicorns and Dinosaurs, a magical Summer Holidays of Witches and Wizards and a Spooktacular Halloween. The popular Christmas Experience will be returning for its second year! Details will be released on the website in due course.

Historic Woodland Walk

Mother Shipton’s Cave is situated next to the Petrifying Well, a unique geological phenomenon. Over hundreds of years curiosity has drawn millions of visitors to the well to see cascading water turn everyday objects to stone - as if by magic.

The park is a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. The estate was sold by King Charles I in 1630 to a local gentleman, Sir Charles Slingsby; his family landscaped and created the park and the pathways visitors walk along today.

During a visit it is an old tradition to make a wish. The Wishing Well is fed by the same magical waters as the Petrifying Well and has been wished upon for over 300 years. Many visitors have been in touch to tell us their wishes have come true!

Who was Mother Shipton?

Mother Shipton was born in 1488, in a cave on the banks of the River Nidd and grew up around Knaresborough. She was a strange child, both in looks and in nature. Her nose was large and crooked, her back bent and her legs twisted. Just like a witch.

As she grew older, her prophecies became known throughout England. She foretold the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the Great Fire of London in 1666. She made her living telling the future and warning those who asked of what was to come. 

For more information about family events visit our website via the link above, where you can also now book your tickets online at a discounted rate! 
 

There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission).

School visits are welcome, but will need to book ahead.

Entry Prices : Off-Peak  and (Peak)

Adult       £9  (£10)

Child       £7  (£8)

Concession   £8   (£9)

Family    £28  (£30)

Parking  £2 peak and off peak.

*Peak prices apply during school holidays and events

Parking is £2 in addition to admission, payable on entrance only. We cannot guarantee parking during busy periods.

Disabled visitors and Max Card holders receive a 15% discount if the relevant documentation is shown.

Opening Times

March Opening (1 Mar 2020 - 31 Mar 2020)
DayTimes
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday10:0016:30*
Sunday10:0016:30*
Main Season Opening (1 Apr 2020 - 30 Oct 2020)
DayTimes
Monday10:0016:30
Tuesday10:0016:30
Wednesday10:0016:30
Thursday10:0016:30
Friday10:0016:30
Saturday10:0017:30
Sunday10:0017:30
Bank Holiday10:0016:30

* During Easter, May Half Term and Summer Holidays opening jhours are extended to 5:30pm.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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