- Mother Shipton’s Cave is a place like no other, and a fun place for families to visit on a trip to Knaresborough. We like to combine it with lunch by the river and a potter around the lovely town.
Mother Shipton’s Cave says…Discover the legend of Knaresborough’s famous prophetess, Mother Shipton. She lived in the time of Henry VIII and was born in a cave next to the River Nidd. Beside Mother Shipton’s Cave is the Petrifying Well, a geological phenomenon where water cascades over objects and turns them to stone. The Petrifying Well is England’s oldest visitor attraction, opened in 1630!
Take in spectacular views of Knaresborough as you walk alongside the river to the Cave and Petrifying Well. The park has plenty of scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground, plus gift shop and museum. Visitors receive wristbands on entry and can wander into Knaresborough town centre. Mother Shipton’s is dog-friendly and furry friends can enjoy the park as long as they are kept on a lead.
The attraction offers something for all ages, with themed events every school holiday. 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!
New for 2019, book discounted tickets online!
Venue: Mother Shipton’s Cave Food & Drink: Drinks, ice cream and snacks are available during weekends and school holidays. There are plenty of places to eat in Knaresborough. We like to find somewhere by the river, like the Marigold, so we can watch the boaters while we eat. Parking: £2 for the day until closing time Prices: Adult £7, senior £6, 3-15s £5, under 3s free, family (2+2) £22 Opening Times: 2018: Every day until 4th November. 10am until 4.30pm with last admission 1 hour before closing.
Christmas Experience – pre-booked tickets only, available online, more information on the website. Selected dates from 24th November to 23rd December.
2019: Weekends only in March, then every day from 1st April to 3rd November: 10 am until 4.30pm with last admission 1 hour before closing. During the summer holidays ONLY closing time is 5.30pm.
Contact: Visit the website Address: Prophecy House, High Bridge, Harrogate Road, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
Telephone: 01423 864600