Mother Shipton's Cave, Knaresborough

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Cave · Historic Site
Centered around the legend of a prophetess from the middle ages, Mother Shipton's Cave holds the only petrifying well of its kind in England. First opened in 1630 as a tourist attraction, the well allows you to witness everyday objects be turned to stone. Wander down the 1.6 km (1 mi) long woodland trail to see both the cave and the well while learning the tale of old Mother Shipton. The walk ends at a small museum and gift shop that sells petrified souvenirs. Be sure to make a wish at the well before leaving; they are rumored to always come true. With our international travel planner, Knaresborough attractions like Mother Shipton's Cave can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We visited this weekend as we had heard from friends about this place we definitely weren’t disappointed beautiful place great walk and plenty to stop and look at the kids especially enjoyed the huge....  more »
  • Such a fun trip - I'd wanted to go for years and it surpassed my expectations. So much thought and care has gone into this place. It's in a beautiful setting, in a lovely little town, and was family.....  more »
  • Such an amazing place, great history and magic that surrounds the royal forest of Knaresborough. The staff are absolutely fantastic, friendly and accommodating. The theatrical entertainment put on during school holidays is outstanding, the actors are superb. There is one actor that goes full into character (he’s been Queenie, professor Bob,, an archer from Robin Hood to name a few) Great trails and hunts for clues/answers. Good adventure park, brilliant price for a family day out, as you can go in and out all day. Although no food outlets (although once there was a pizza oven used) there are lots of places for picnics. Or outside the park there are plenty of pubs, cafes and the town centre is a short hilly walk away.
  • Over with all too quickly. As a party of 4 adults we were done well within the hour. The staff were pleasant and friendly enough, but the price was outrageous. The walk was nice , but the cost really did leave a bitter taste. I won't be back. I feel 3 quid is closer to mark for what you get out of it.
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