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Mother Shipton’s Cave

Mother Shipton's Cave, Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Road, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
01423 864600
Average time spent - 2 hours
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Things to do at Mother Shipton’s Cave review

Mother Shipton’s cave is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the UK. It is in the heart of Knaresborough not far from Harrogate, Noth Yorkshire. It is in a stunning locating and it is one of the prettiest places I have ever visited.

Mother Shipton was born in 1488 in a cave on the banks of the River Nidd. Her body was severely disfigured and as grew older she looked more and more hagged like. Her prophecies such as the Great Fire of London actually came true and many believed her to be a witch.

You can now visit the cave where she was born and next to it is the petrifying well. Here the water that comes over the rock has so many minerals in it that in just a matter of months it turns even a soft teddy bear to stone. There is a small wishing well behind the waterfall, make sure you stop to make a wish.

To get the most out of your visit as a family I recommend that you visit during one of their special school holiday events. This will mean there are extra activities here such as trails, crafts and additional things to do. Without these, you would struggle to visit for more than an hour.

There is a good adventure playground with a big wooden pirate ship to play on, plenty of picnic benches, an obstacle course, lots to climb on, zip wire, swings and more. The event days at Mother Shipton’s are very good and there is usually lots of extra things to see and do.

There is a museum and gift shop. In the museum, they have a few petrified items that were donated by famous people. If you have the time you could cross over and visit the castle, wander around the village or rent a boat to row down the river.

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FAQ and Further Information Mother Shipton’s Cave

Is there food and drink available?

There is no cafe on-site but there is a pub next door. They sell limited hot and cold drinks and snacks.

What are the main things to do?

See the cave where Mother Shipton was born, marvel at the Petrifying well, playground and extra activities during school holidays. There are toilets on-site and somewhere to buy drinks and snacks.

What are the ticket prices?

*Cheap
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap – £8 or an adult on an event day if pre-booking tickets online. Children are slightly cheaper. Under 3’s are free.

Is there parking?

It now costs £2.00 to park.

When are they open?

Mother Shipton’s Cave is mostly open weekends from March until early November and during most (but not all) school holidays. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome in all areas of the Mother Shipton’s park, apart from the adventure playground which is clearly signposted. Out of respect for other visitors, we ask that dogs are kept on a lead at all times.

Are they accessible?

There is no wheelchair access and I would not recommend buggies either.

Our full review of Mother Shipton’s Cave

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