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Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well
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Owner description: 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).
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Same views for free (apart from well) on Abbey Road on opposite side of river. Where you can view super carvings and St Roberts cave for FREE.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank michael h
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English first
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A great day”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

We had a great day here, there's plenty for the kids to do, 2 adventure playgrounds, lots of space to explore and run around, great picnic benches by the river - beautiful views and of course the cave and well are just brilliant - no gimmics- just great historic fund.

Thank Millog
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42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Not worth a long trip for as not much there.”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Great for half a day out if you live local but not worth a long drive. Saying that I made a wish in the wishing well and it came true! The kids enjoyed it though. Not suitable for those unsteady on their feet.

1 Thank Mrs-Barnsley
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“"Petrifying" "well" thats what it is.”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We visited in September 2009 on a nice day.Parking is on the river side with a pleasant walk towards the shop that sell bits and bobs relating to the attraction,you pass the cave with a Hag inside (Mother Shipton ) then you approach the petrifying well with all kinds of things hanging there.The walk passes over the river bridge and if you turn on the path on the right over the bridge you will see the House in the Rock,about turn and follow the walk on the riverside towards the well known rail bridge.It is a nice place but a bit far fetched with the Mother Shipton story but we liked the place and a visit up to Knarsborough is highly recommended,nice fish n chip restraunte/cafe,enjoy.

Visited January 2013
Thank b j w
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2013

I enjoyed the walk down to the falls - beautiful scenery all around.
Thankfully it was very quiet when we went so we could spend as long as we wanted looking at the bears and other items that had been hung up to be petrified.

After the first waterfall we walked into the cave and we suddently said in unison "oh...is that it?!"

So what there is, is very lovely...but for the money, there isnt a lot to see.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Chloe_brightside
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