Mother Shipton's Cave

Historic Site/Structure, Themed Attraction, Attraction, Natural Feature

Description

The attraction includes a woodland walk, Petrifying Well, Wishing Well and the Cave where Mother Shipton was born.

Take-away light refreshments and drinks are also available to purchase within the attraction.

Dogs are welcome everywhere except the adventure playground and must be kept on a lead. 🐶

Please note that access to the adventure playground is subject to weather conditions and our museum and gift shop is currently closed due to lockdown restrictions.

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. Open weekends in March, then every day from the 29th March – 31st October 2021.

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 during events, and petrified objects displayed in the museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground.

2021 Events

Families can be immersed in magic during Mother Shipton’s themed events. Details will be released on the website in due course.

Prices

Type Price
Adult (Peak) £10.00
Adult (Off-Peak) £9.00
Child (Peak) £8.00
Child (Off-Peak) £7.00
Concession (Peak) £9.00
Concession (Off-Peak) £8.00
Family (Peak) £30.00
Family (Off-Peak) £28.00
Parking £2.00

Opening Hours

Sun 09:30 17:30
Mon 10:00 16:30
Tue 10:00 16:30
Wed 10:00 16:30
Thu 10:00 16:30
Fri 10:00 16:30
Sat 09:30 17:30
March (Weekends Only) 10:00 16:30
Easter, May Half Term and Summer Holidays 10:00 17:30

Facilities

  • On-Site Parking
  • Pets Accepted
  • Child Friendly
  • Outdoor
  • Card Payment

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