Overview & description
Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. It was home to the famous prophetess and the petrifying well still stands as a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough.
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.
Her prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime, the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada... and even the end of the world!
The park has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Themed events run during school holidays, these change every year and are advertised at www.mothershipton.co.uk/events. Dogs are welcome throughout the estate as long as they are kept on a lead.
2017 Opening Times
March – WEEKENDS ONLY
April 1st to October 29th – EVERY DAY
We are open from 10 am to 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm to give visitors enough time to experience the attraction fully. During the SUMMER HOLIDAYS ONLY the park closes later at 5.30pm with last admission 4pm. There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission). School visits are welcome, but will need to book ahead.
Facilities available at Mother Shipton's Cave
- On-Site Parking
- Pets Accepted
- Child Friendly
- Card Payment