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Attraction in Knaresborough

Mother Shipton's Cave & the Petrifying Well
Prophecy Lodge
High Bridge

North Yorkshire

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Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. It was home to the famous prophetess and the petrifying well still stands as a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. 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. Her prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime, the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

The park has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. All children are given a free trail to complete and keep if they wish. Themed events run during school holidays, these change every year and are advertised at In 2018 families can enjoy a Peter Rabbit Easter with eggs and bunnies galore. For May Half Term venture into the woods with Hansel and Gretel, beware the wicked witch! Robin Hood and his merry men will be in the park during the summer holidays, perhaps there is a champion archer amongst you. On entry children are given a themed trail, actors are stationed to interact with children and help them complete the trail. There are also props and clues throughout the park.

Dogs are welcome throughout the estate as long as they are kept on a lead. We are open every day from 10 am to 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm to give visitors enough time to experience the attraction fully. During the SUMMER HOLIDAYS ONLY the park closes later at 5.30pm with last admission 4pm. There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission). School and group visits are welcome but will need to book ahead.


Months Open: Weekends in March 2019 then 7 days a week from 26th March to 4th November 2019. 10am – 4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes - 15+
Coach Parking: Yes - Free for group visits
Car Parking: Yes - All Day Parking £2 (in addition to admission only)
Admission Price: Adults: £8-£9
Children: ^-£7
Seniors: £7-£8
Family(2+2): £25-£27
Gift Shop: Yes

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