Mother Shipton's Cave

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



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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 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.

2020 Events

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! 

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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 10:00 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 10:00 17:30
March (Weekends Only) 10:00 16:30
Easter, May Half Term and Summer Holidays 10:00 17:30


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

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