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Mother Shipton’s Cave

Family Friendly

Prophecy House, High Bridge, KNARESBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD

Tel: 01423 864600

Mother Shipton's Cave

About us

Mother Shipton was born in 1488, in a cave on the banks of the River Nidd, and grew up around Knaresborough. She was a strange child, both in looks and in nature. Her nose was large and crooked, her back bent and her legs twisted.  Just like a witch. 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.

Beside Mother Shipton’s cave is the famous 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.

The park is a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. The estate was sold by King Charles I in 1630 to a local gentleman, Sir Charles Slingsby; his family landscaped and created the park and the pathways visitors walk along today.

During a visit it is an old tradition to make a wish. The Wishing Well is fed by the same magical waters as the Petrifying Well and has been wished upon for over 300 years. Many visitors have been in touch to tell us their wishes have come true!

Visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and fascinated by Mother Shipton’s story. The park has several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground, and must be kept on a lead.

Themed events run during school holidays, these change ever year and are advertised at http://www.mothershipton.co.uk/events/   In 2019 families can enjoy a Hoppy Easter Adventure Trail, May Half Term with Unicorns and Dinosaurs, a magical Summer Holidays of Witches and Wizards and a Spooktacular Halloween. The popular Christmas Experience will be returning for its second year! Details will be released on the website in due course and tickets will be available for pre-booking.

Visitors can now book discounted tickets online via the website.

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Opening Times

* March
Weekends only 10am – 4.30pm

April 1st to November 3rd
Weekdays 10am – 4.30pm
Weekends 10am – 5.30pm

Easter, May Half Term and Summer Holidays
Open every day 10am – 5.30pm

Last admission 1 hour before closing.

Please check the website for special events, up-to-date opening times, and any unforeseen park closures.

Guide Prices

Peak prices apply during school holidays and events
off-peak/peak

Adult £9/£10
Senior £8/£9
Child £7/£8
Family £28/£30

Parking is £2 in addition to admission, payable on entrance only. We cannot guarantee parking during busy periods.

Disabled visitors and Max Card holders receive a 15% discount if the relevant documentation is shown.

Facilities

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Public Transport Directions

If travelling by rail or on foot the Main Gate is a 5 to 10-minute walk from Knaresborough train station. Northern Rail offer direct trains to Knaresborough from Leeds and York. Walk down the hill from the station and past the church, then left and over high bridge to the entrance. There is a bus stop at the entrance to Mother Shipton’s with regular buses from Harrogate.

If travelling by car (all day parking £2 in addition to admission) we are located next to High Bridge in Knaresborough on the A59. Use postcode HG5 8DD for satellite navigation.

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