Ingleborough Cave
Ingleborough Cave
4.5
Visitor CentresCaverns & Caves
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Ingleborough Cave, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, was first discovered in 1837 by brave Victorian explorers who drained away a lake and went on to discover 1/2km of previously unexplored passages delving deep beneath Ingleborough mountain with only candles to guide them! Today, the cave is well lit, and you can follow in the footsteps of those pioneers on an awe-inspiring voyage of discovery! A concrete footpath leads visitors past breath-taking stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones, as you are led by expert guides through a kilometre of passages brought to life by formations and artefacts dating back millions of years! The significant impact of the Ice Age is visible, and as recently as 2002 the tooth of a woolly rhinoceros, now long extinct, was discovered just beyond the show cave!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Mark
    Amersham, United Kingdom1,919 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous cave, well worth a visit
    This cave claims to be the best showcave in Britain. Its certainly a large cave, it has a well made walkway that takes you probably 400-600m into the mountain. There are interesting features inside and a guide tells you about the discover of the cave, its history and features. The cave system goes on much much further kilometres of it, all the way up to join up with the surface at Gaping Gill (although it is no longer a route through for people after a rock fall several years ago). Its easy to navigate through the cave, and not at all strenuous. Suitable for children and even those not so fit - although I'm not sure if it is wheelchair accessible.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Gaz
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic show cave with an easy stroll from the nearby village
    Fantastic show cave with some amazing rock and calcium formations. There's no point in moaning about the short sections you have to crouch in (it's a cave!) and adds to the excitement. Stunning short walk from the car next to awesome waterfalls (see pics). Very reasonably priced given the maintenance and lighting provided throughout the cave. Complimentary helmets provided, toilets at the start of the walk and a cafe. Lots to see on the walk to the cave. Free village parking. The cave itself took around 40 minutes and was a self guided affair so not rushed at all. Brilliant staff with great knowledge.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Lynne W
    Dartford, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent trip
    If I could give this more stars I would. I brought my disabled Dad here and we borrowed the facilities all terrain scooter which enabled us to get to the cave entrance. From there we then used our manual wheelchair with the help and support of David who also gave us a personal tour . Everyone could not be more helpful and made the trip even better. The caves are stunning and well worth a visit, as is the old saw mill cafe
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Elise F
    Sheffield, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out!
    Our Tour Guide Aila was enthusiastic, fun, friendly and so informative ! I've been to a lot of show caves across the country, and I have to say, you're really getting a *lot* for your money here. The cave itself is in a charming landscape, a lovely walk up and has a very extensive amount of passages with an array of different speleothems. You can clearly see the cave has been kept well by a family who care about it. I would highly recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 October 2023
  • davew47
    Bolton, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Santa Experience
    Took advantage of the Santa Experience with grandchildren aged 3 and 6. They absolutely loved it far better than visiting Santa in a store. Far more believable here for them. Good value for money. They had no problem walking all the way up to the cave despite the wet weather. Definitely book for next year and also visit during the spring/summer months. Well done to all involved in making the experience so enjoyable.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Navigate25865075547
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to Santa
    Visited with our 4 year old grandson to see Santa . An excellent experience and well worth it . Very well organised trip and starts with an opportunity to write your letter to Santa and a lovely walk up to the cave . The elves tell a story as you pass through the illuminated cave which is decorated lovely for Xmas . Santa was at the end and spent time with each child with photo opportunity and there were a lovely range of gifts for them to choose from . Afterwards we had lunch at the Sawmill Cafe which was reasonably priced and was serving a limited menu as it was so busy but we got a seat and enjoyed our visit . Overall would highly recommend. Allow 3 hours in total
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Sarah J
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab experience
    Great day at beautiful Clapham to visit father Christmas in the Ingleborough caves. Arrived to a beautiful walk in the woods approx 30 plus minutes... There is a mini bus that can take and bring you back if required. Arrived a such beautiful scenery and the caves.. Elves took us inside the cave to meet father Christmas and get a toy. We loved the experience and will be back. Everyone friendly... And helpful Afterwards we got a hotchocolota with cream a tad expensive however so is everything these days. There is a tent seating area and you can hang around afterwards... I seen someone drinking a glass of proceco or something, not sure if that was from the tent or they had brought it themselves.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • John B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa experience.
    We arrived, asked at the sawmill cafe where to sign in for the Santa experience. The young lad in fancy dress rolled his eyes & pointed towards the path then continued his conversation with his colleague, completely ignoring my follow up question about conveniences. This put a dampener on the day & was expecting similar from the rest of the experience. Luckily after the walk to the cave, we were welcomed by some extremely friendly staff that seemed to enjoy their jobs a bit more. Hot chocolates all round whilst waiting to enter the cave to warm us up on a cold & wet day. The elves made the journey through the caves quite magical for the kids & they really enjoyed themselves. Can’t thank them enough, they seemed to be really enjoying their jobs. Santa was great & the selection of toys were good. Have recommended to family members for next year.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
  • Nancy A
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Santa visit in the cave
    We had an amazing trip to the cave to see Santa - our girls (7, 7 and 4) loved it. The cave was absolutely magical and the story by the elves was great. Loved that they could choose their own gift from Santa's store too. Highly recommend, even on a rainy day the walk was great.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
  • 766betty
    Silsden, United Kingdom231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience
    Fabulous experience- we had taken our children many years ago and now had the opportunity to take our grandson. It was just as magical. The elves were all great telling stories and the caves looked spectacular! A great day out
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
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gatesheadgirlie
Gateshead, England787 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Went into the cave after having walked half of the Ingleborough nature trail. When you pay for the trail you can either pay for the caves at the same time or pay for the caves when you arrive at them.
It was £10.50 each however we had just paid £18 each at White Scar Cave. At white scar you get a guided tour, whereas here you are given an info sheet and you go into the caves alone. We were pleased we'd done White Scar first as we were still full of knowledge about how caves are formed.
Great little info sheet with numbered areas so you can look out for the witches fingers, horses hoof and skittles etc.
Lots of info from staff at the cave before you go in about other places to go on the trail and how to get back via an alternative route.
There is a toilet for cave users which was handy before setting off on the second half of the trail.
Written 25 April 2024
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Georgia
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The walk to see it was stunning even in the rain and the cave itself was gorgeous. The workers were very friendly and informative.
Written 30 December 2023
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Diane D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A unique and magical experience for all the family.
I would highly recommend this event.sanra
Very well organised.
Written 27 December 2023
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659moirab
Tring10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great trip with grandkids, staff were very friendly and enthusiastic. We arrived very early as we got the bus up but staff managed to get us on an earlier tour. As we’ve had a lot of rain lately the water was very noisy so only suggestion is to maybe give the elves some mics otherwise cracking day out
Written 26 December 2023
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Adventure10730939977
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We love Christmas with Santa in Ingleborough Grotto, it’s an amazing experience, would recommend to young and old alike
Written 23 December 2023
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766betty
Silsden, UK231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Fabulous experience- we had taken our children many years ago and now had the opportunity to take our grandson. It was just as magical. The elves were all great telling stories and the caves looked spectacular!
A great day out
Written 23 December 2023
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Nancy A
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We had an amazing trip to the cave to see Santa - our girls (7, 7 and 4) loved it. The cave was absolutely magical and the story by the elves was great. Loved that they could choose their own gift from Santa's store too. Highly recommend, even on a rainy day the walk was great.
Written 23 December 2023
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John B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We arrived, asked at the sawmill cafe where to sign in for the Santa experience. The young lad in fancy dress rolled his eyes & pointed towards the path then continued his conversation with his colleague, completely ignoring my follow up question about conveniences. This put a dampener on the day & was expecting similar from the rest of the experience. Luckily after the walk to the cave, we were welcomed by some extremely friendly staff that seemed to enjoy their jobs a bit more. Hot chocolates all round whilst waiting to enter the cave to warm us up on a cold & wet day. The elves made the journey through the caves quite magical for the kids & they really enjoyed themselves. Can’t thank them enough, they seemed to be really enjoying their jobs. Santa was great & the selection of toys were good. Have recommended to family members for next year.
Written 23 December 2023
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Wendy R
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Stunning caves and Santa but sorry someone got the timings wrong. There were too many groups in the cave so we couldn’t enjoy the experience taking photos etc. very squished waiting for groups to pass on very narrow paths. Pressies after seeing Santa was very good the kids could choose what they wanted different x
Written 19 December 2023
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Sarah J
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great day at beautiful Clapham to visit father Christmas in the Ingleborough caves.
Arrived to a beautiful walk in the woods approx 30 plus minutes...
There is a mini bus that can take and bring you back if required.
Arrived a such beautiful scenery and the caves..
Elves took us inside the cave to meet father Christmas and get a toy.
We loved the experience and will be back.
Everyone friendly... And helpful
Afterwards we got a hotchocolota with cream a tad expensive however so is everything these days.
There is a tent seating area and you can hang around afterwards... I seen someone drinking a glass of proceco or something, not sure if that was from the tent or they had brought it themselves.
Written 19 December 2023
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