Mother Shipton's Cave

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


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.

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.

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.


Type Price
Car Admission (Weekends & School Holidays £32.00
Car Admission (Term Time Weekdays) £28.00
Group of 5 Pedestrians (Weekends & School Holidays) £32.00
Group of 5 Pedestrians (Term Time Weekdays) £28.00
Pedestrian (Weekends & School Holidays) £11.00
Pedestrian (Term Time Weekdays) £9.50
Under 3s Free

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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