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.
We are temporarily only open for pre-booked car admissions only due to social distancing measures. Please check our website www.mothershipton.co.uk/reopening for more details.
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 well to see cascading water turn everyday objects to stone - as if by magic.
People around the world visit the park, a remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough with some of the oldest, tallest beech trees in the country.
Who was Mother Shipton?
Mother Shipton was born in a cave in 1488 and grew up around Knaresborough. 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.
Fun for all the Family
Great for all ages, there’s fun for families in the adventure playground, scenic picnic areas, interactive trails and actors during events, and petrified objects displayed in the museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground. Areas of the park have restricted access, click HERE for accessibility information.
Families can Hoppity Hop to Mother Shipton’s for an egg-citing Easter adventure, be immersed in magic during May Half Term at Pixie Village, have an enchanting summer journey with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, and enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween. The popular Christmas Experience will be returning! Details will be released on the website in due course.
For more information visit our website, where you can also now book your tickets online at a discounted rate!
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.
School visits are welcome, but will need to book ahead.
|Main Season Opening - temporarily closed (1 Apr 2020 - 30 Oct 2020)|
|March Opening - temporarily closed (1 Mar 2021 - 31 Mar 2021)|
* During Easter, May Half Term and Summer Holidays opening hours are extended to 5:30pm every day.
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