Mother Shiptons Cave is a fantastic and atmospheric attraction in Knaresborough. Entry is £7 for adults and includes a wristband so you can enter and exit as much as you like.
The attraction begins with a walk through the woods near to a riverside and waterfall. Various strange things are viewable as you walk towards the cave, such as trees carved to look like faces, and a selection of logs with coins hammered into them, representing wishes.
The main even is the fabulous petrifying well, where you can see items being slowly turned into stone by the water. Various items from hats, masks and of course many teddy bears hang in the waters of the ancient well. It's a really strange but fascinating thing to see.
Close to the petrifying well is the Wishing Well, where people place in coins and put their hands into the water to make a wish. Then there is the cave itself, where Mother Shipton was said to be born. This cave includes a stone sculpture of the famous prophet and plays an audio loop giving a basic history of her prophecies and life.
There is also a museum located after another walk through the woodland. In here are some great wax models of various local characters including Mother Shipton herself. There is also a large selection of items turned into stone, belonging to all sorts of famous people from Queen Mary to John Wayne!
The gift shop is good and stocks a variety of items, including samples of the wishing well water and various fairytale and wishing related things. You can also choose to buy a teddy bear that has been petrified in the well.
With ample places to have a picnic and relax after exploring the cave, I find Mother Shiptons to be a unique and really interesting attraction. It is the perfect thing to visit when in Knaresborough, and you will not find anything else like it elsewhere!
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