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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).
West Sussex, UK
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“Worth Visiting”
Reviewed May 26, 2007

I went to Mother Shipton's cave in May 2007 and luckily had excellent weather (not the place to go in wet weather). This is the sort of place to visit just once to say you have seen it and it is a 'different' sight!

The entrance price is average but don't expect to see loads for that money. The park is beautiful and has a riverside walk with views across to Knaresborough castle. You then walk through woodlands (although the path's are all made up, there are some steps) and eventually arrive at the caves. There are information/audio boards up which explain all about each section and are very informative - worth a listen, especially if you didn't get the guide book. The Petrifying Well is like a large waterfall but is eerey to see what happens to items when they are left under the waters from it - only 2-3 months for a teddy bear to turn to stone! The cave itself isn't really much - just a small cavern in the rocks really.

If you continue the walk you will then end in a small museum & shop. The museum contains items that have been left & turned to stone over the years from famous people.

Do be warned that the only facilities in the park are the cafe and toilets that are in the main entrance!

The caves are ideal to park and go into Knareborough as the parking in town is a lot to be desired. You can leave your car and walk through the park into town (be warned that once you are out of the Caves Knaresbrough town centre is only 15-20 min walk but is up a VERY steep hill) - keep your ticket and then you can walk back through the park to the car.

As a whole I would certainly say visit Mother Shipton's cave if you are in the area and Knaresborough is a lovely little town full of history.

6 Thank jcroo65510
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Wales, UK
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“Great Day Out”
Reviewed August 5, 2006

I've just returned froma trip to North Yorkshire, which included a visit to Mother Shipton's Cave in Knaresborough. Described as England's Oldest Visitor Attraction, I have to say it was very good value for money, reasonable at approximately £15 for myself, husband and 5-year old son.

Staff were very helpful and friendly, and the fee included all day parking which in itself is a huge bonus. You can spend as long as you like here. It's basically a beautiful riverside walk, taking in some lovely scenery, great picnic areas, 2 children's play areas, all leading to the attraction itself, a cave where the woman known as Mother Shipton was born in the 1600's. Along the way you come across the 'Petrifying Well' - a natural phenonemon where objects are turned into stone over a few months simply by hanging underneath the well, and being absorbed in its waters and mineral combination.

There is also a small museum and shop; the museum contains various objects donated by celebrities, legends such as John Wayne, and even Queen Mary, all of which have been turned to stone by the well's magic waters. Don't forget to visit the magic wishing well too - but mind your head as both myself and my son banged our heads on the low rock!

Worth a visit in any weather, as the trees shelter you for most of the walk, and the views of the opposite side of the river are almost worth the fee alone! Highly recommended for a peaceful, educating and interesting day out for all ages.

1 Thank Vicki11
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