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“Still drawing tourists after 5 centuries”

Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well
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Owner description: WE ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE WINTER, WE RE-OPEN WEEKENDS IN MARCH 2018. Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. 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. The park has several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Themed events run during school holidays. The park is open weekends in March then every day from 1st April to 29th October 10 am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission).
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Lovely walk byt the Nidd thorugh the woods to reach the little museum and entrance to the cave and well. The museum is a sort of timewarp in terms of echibits and presentation, endearing and stiull interesting. My partner who had visited as a child found it much as he remembered. the story of Mother Shipton is intiguing and thought -provoking botjh in tems of her gifts and prophecies and her treatment as an ugly and deformed women. The well is a phenomenon too. All told a reasonably priced, enjoyable and varied experience for young and old. highly reccommende,

Thank Sue H
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We have visited Mother Shipton's Cave this autumn. The nice walk along the riverside is fabulous. The very old Petrifying well, wishing well and the cave is very nice and powerful. The wishes comes true when we wish in the wishing well.


Nature's beauty is excellent here.

Thank wonders_12
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

A waste of time and money. It is, as shown in the photo a smooth rock with water dripping down it. And the rest is a made up money spinner. A puddle to put your hand in and make a wish, and a small cave with a statue of 'mother shipton'. Mother Shipton was a social outcast from Knaresborough for having a child out of wedlock, like that hasn't happened a million times up and down the country in centuries gone by! There is a display case in the gift shop, showing items that have been pretified. These item have been sent in by minor celebraties such as old cast members of Eastenders and Blue Peter presenters (to be fair there are a few items from some actual famous people, but mostly from the Z list)
In the giftshop they sell small petrified teddy bears for £35, these make up a majority of the items hanging under the smooth rock where the mineral rich water drips down.
They say the area covers 9 acres, but most this is fenced off fields. It takes about 10 minutes to walk around including the giftshop.
It is £6 per adult, and then £2 to park also.

If however you do decide to go to see how bad it is for yourself, BEWARE;
*They will sell you a booklet 'tour guide' for £1 whether you ask for it or not. This includes information which is repeated over a recored message from a speaker near the smooth rock.
*The old man at the gate is very rude. This is where you pay, not at the attraction after you've parked up.
*You cannot take a pushchair, pram or wheel chair. There are steep steps, which are covered with loose gravel, so be careful.
*It is free to go to the Castle and gardens across the river, they try to imply in the £1 'tour guide' book that you have already paid them for this free privilege.
* There is a dangerous area with fast water running over a river weir, which is unguarded and not fenced off in anyway shape or form. DO NOT let go of any youngsters hands.
Overall, just visit the Castle and gardens for free across the river, the views up there are beautiful. The Cave is on low ground, so has no such view.

1  Thank LucyDiddles
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Visited as a child in the 60's and was lovely to do a trip down memory lane as an adult. £6 for an adult is fair, lovely walk down the riverside.

Thank snadge
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

What a beautiful setting! We spent a very pleasant morning walking through the woods and although my husband uses crutches to get around the woodland floor and the steps were easy to negotiate. I wouldn't advise wheelchair users to venture here though as it can get very slippery and there are no access ramps. The audio tour was informative, giving you the history of Old Mother Shipton in easy sound bites. Couldn't leave without a dip of the hand in the Wishing Well and having my picture taken with Mother Shipton's statue in the cave.

Thank yafl
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