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Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well

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Address: | High Bridge, Prophecy Lodge, Knaresborough, Harrogate HG5 8DD, England
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+44 1423 864600
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:30
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Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been...

Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. 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.

The park has several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Themed events run during school holidays. The park is open weekends in March then every day from 1st April to 29th October 10 am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission).

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Lovely wooded walk.

Had to stop off at this famous landmark and didn't know what to expect. There is a beautiful wooded walkway with tall, straight beech trees lining the path and also a children's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Ramelton, Ireland
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Ramsbottom, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walked along riverside walk to get to this long established attraction to find lots of steel shutters denying access and no information whatsoever about opening days, times .

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Ramelton, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had to stop off at this famous landmark and didn't know what to expect. There is a beautiful wooded walkway with tall, straight beech trees lining the path and also a children's play area. At one point there are tree trunks with coins hammered into them, a hammer is supplied if you want to add a few which we did.... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited in autumn with a friend to uncover the Mother Shipton's tale and we had a great time. There were notes/boards with information everywhere and we enjoyed reading them. The limestone features were particularly interesting and going into Mother Shipton's cave was exciting. We also walked into the souvenir shop which offered many interesting and unusual souvenirs, including the spell... More 

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited with children under 4 and had a lovely afternoon in the autumn sun. The forest offered shade, there were features carved in to the wood at many points throughout the walk which kept the children entertained and a park with about 5-6 different play items like a slide, set in to the slope and a zip wire for... More 

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Thank Knobby1977
England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The price is high for the duration of the visit, it took around 1 hour to take in the walk, well, cave and shop. Beautiful location, with excellent views. Interesting history, it was a quite day so no waiting, in the Summer it could be overcrowded.

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Thank simon8jack8
Accrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

55th anniversary of my first trip to the well and a walk through the park, and then back up to the castle. A very historic story, with a lot to learn for those who dont know the story, which, with authenticated back up from reputable sources put the story into the realms of history as opposed to fable. VERY worth... More 

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Thank PeteDavies_13
York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to pay a visit whilst on a day out in Knaresborough, as i hadn`t been for over 40 years was quite surprised by the £7 entry fee but that said had a nice walk up to the cave,there is a decent play area for the youngsters and if we had taken our grandson we may have got a little... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with a 2yo and wouldn't recommend for smaller children as wouldn't appeal. Was interesting to see the formations and petrified objects but wasn't worth the money to see.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited when I was younger, this is well worth a visit, you won't see anything like it again. It is a delight to visit and the sights are fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would visit it again, it's magical for kids to see.

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Thank lindashaw965
Manchester
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

£22 for family of 4, plus £2 for parking. Pleasant walk along river valley and good childrens play area. There are no photos of the actual cave on the leaflet for good reason, it takes about 5 seconds to see all of it. They've tried to make it interesting with a voice recording of the info already on the marketing... More 

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