Mother Shipton's Cave



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You’ll find plenty of interest at this long-established attraction – it’s claimed that tourists have been coming since the 16th century. See the petrifying well, where over a period of just months everyday objects are turned to stone by a process of calcification – you can even buy items like teddies that have been turned to stone in the gift shop. The cave and well are in parkland, which also has picnic benches looking over the river and adventure playground and small museum. Dogs are welcome throughout. Photo credits: path & witch on climbing frame - Charlotte Gale.

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Mother Shipton's Cave
Prophecy House, High Bridge, Harrogate Road, KNARESBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
Phone : 01423 864600


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • 3 sets of 25 steps to enter cave and well. Woodland walk partly accessible, uneven rough ground.
  • Facilities: Audio Boxes
Opening Times
  • Opening Times: March 2020: Weekends only from Saturday 6 March 10–4.30; 29 March to 31 October 2021: Monday to Friday 10–4.30, Saturday to Sunday 10–5.30. Daily 10–5.30, Easter, May half term and school summer holidays.

About The area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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