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Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well

| High Bridge, Prophecy Lodge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD, England
+44 1423 864600
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Majical Place

We visited this when we stayed in nearby Ripon, we thoroughly enjoyed it even though the weather... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Lovely Day out

We had a great Day here. It’s a lovely place, very beautiful and spiritual. We enjoyed the views... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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WE ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE WINTER, WE RE-OPEN WEEKENDS IN MARCH 2018. 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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  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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| High Bridge, Prophecy Lodge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this when we stayed in nearby Ripon, we thoroughly enjoyed it even though the weather was not too good. There is a lot to do here and see and it had a magical feeling to it. there is a good carpark and as...More

Thank dianew5912016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great Day here. It’s a lovely place, very beautiful and spiritual. We enjoyed the views and walk. My 7 year old daughter enjoyed the park/play area and the ice cream. Would highly recommend visiting if you have never been before.

Thank TurtleBear
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited this attraction a couple of times over the years, once with young children and again with teenagers. They weren't impressed when they were small and were less impressed now that they are older. The woodland area is beautiful and should be free...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been there with my husband and our little one, we had a very pleasant day off, exciting experience all around the attractions, staff very friendly and my daughter has really enjoyed that trip! Highly recommended.

Thank Federica N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

visited years ago and decided to go back recently. they have made loads of changes to the attraction (added fences and walkways, improved parking etc) and it made it much better. they have installed audio descriptions to help explain what you are seeing. with both...More

Thank geovanna d
Reviewed 29 October 2017

You have to walk through a woodland to get to the cave and the well, it's beautiful but could be tricky with a pram, etc. (the cave & well are down some stairs). The museum is tiny but packed with interesting items, definitely worth a...More

Thank monkey_bun
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Visited on a really rainy day in October, which didn’t help set the mood I suppose. Warmly greeted by the man on the gate who explained everything and thanked us for taking the time and trouble to visit. Once through the gates you are faced...More

Thank baronynine
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Decided to take a trip to Mother Shipton’s Cave while staying in Harrogate for our Honeymoon. A lover of all things spooky and a little odd, I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and history as well as the characters in costume for Halloween. Great day out...More

Thank Lisa-Marie M
Reviewed 25 October 2017

For a start the riverside parking is included and a great place to start for a walking tour of the town. The cave and wishing well are fascinating - and could she really foresee the future ? Its tempting to say maybe. We really enjoyed...More

Thank 891jeffreyr
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Couple of hours decent walk and a couple of decent little cafes apart from that there isn’t much to do for the adults I’m sure the kids would enjoy it a little more. Expensive for what it is 2 adults and a car 16 quid!...More

Thank Sheepy30
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24 September 2017|
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Response from JulieMoly | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Yes it is. There were quite a few dogs there the day we visited.
21 June 2017|
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Response from gothic | Reviewed this property |
Yes it's not large only room sized
28 May 2017|
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Response from Fiona M | Property representative |
Hi, we open 10am every day. Last admission is at 3.30pm