Overview & description

Mother Shipton’s is now closed for the Winter. The park reopens weekends in March, then every day from Monday 26th March until Sunday 4th November 2018

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, the Great Fire of London in 1666, and the defeat of the Spanish Armada

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 In 2018 families can enjoy a Peter Rabbit Easter with eggs and bunnies galore. For May Half Term venture into the woods with Hansel and Gretel, beware the wicked witch! Robin Hood and his merry men will be in the park during the summer holidays, perhaps there is a champion archer amongst you. On entry children are given a themed trail, actors are stationed to interact with children and help them complete the trail. There are also props and clues throughout the park. Dogs are welcome throughout the estate as long as they are kept on a lead.

2018 Opening Times
March 26th to November 4th – 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.

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Type Price
Adult £7.00
Child £5.00
Concession £6.00
Family £22.00
Parking £2.00

Facilities available at Mother Shipton's Cave

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