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“Unique and Atmospheric”

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 every day until 4th November, 10 am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission).
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

Thank Eccentric87
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thought I'd take my two young children to visit Mother Shiptons Cave since we've lived in harrogate three years and never experienced it, however when we arrived there was a Peter Rabbit theme taking place and as much as we love Peter Rabbit it took all the enchanting and the anticipation factor away form seeing the famous Mother Shipton Witch and I feel it lessened the tone of the attraction and bought an air of tackiness to the place. They clearly have spent more time on themes in which robbing the natural beauty and wonder from the sole purpose of this amazing land mark so sorry but wasn't massively impressed and feel bad for the Mother Shipton's Cave as it's a bit of a joke now so won't be visiting the Hansel and Gretel theme any time soon.

Thank Alexa B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came to Mother Shiptons for the theme day and was thoroughly disappointed. A beautiful setting ruined by the tacky theme and ‘actors’! Thoroughly over priced too, won’t be going back.

3  Thank bambi85175
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had an excellent time, kids loved it
Staff are excellent too - my son lost a rather expensive cap during our visit and we did not realise until we had left so took a long shot and called to say if they did find the cap could they let me know. One hour later received a call to say hat found and they even posted it out a no expense to me
Now that is excellent customer service
Thank You

Thank adrianwoodger
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went with two of our grandchildren, on aged 18 and the other 9. There is plenty to explore, more or less self guided with some press button explanations.

There is reasonable access for the disabled as our young granddaughter is more or less wheelchair bound, some energy is required.

You have a wristband so you can go out of the attraction to visit Knaresborough or the walk along the Nidd, which we did.

The kids play area was a hit!

A pleasurable coupled hours.

Thank StephenR744
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