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Mother Shipton’s Cave

Visitor Centre

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

Tel: 01423 864600

Mother Shipton's Cave

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About us

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.

 

Visitors to the Petrifying Well can see a whole host of everyday objects slowly being petrified in the cascading waters, due to the high mineral content. The most popular item is a teddy bear or soft toy which usually takes between three and five months to turn to stone.

 

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 www.mothershipton.co.uk/events. 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.

Opening Times

* Mon - Sun - 10.00 - 16.00

Facilities

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowed

Children

  • Children welcome

Catering

  • On-site catering

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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