Mother Shipton's Cave

Mother Shipton's Cave, Knaresborough: Hours, Address, Mother Shipton's Cave Reviews: 4/5

Mother Shipton's Cave
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Historic Sites • Caverns & Caves
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Mother Shipton was born in 1488, in a cave on the banks of the River Nidd, and grew up around Knaresborough. As she grew older, her prophecies became known throughout England. She foretold the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the Great Fire of London in 1666. Beside Mother Shipton’s cave is the famous Petrifying Well, a unique geological phenomenon. Over hundreds of years curiosity has drawn millions of visitors to the well to see cascading water turn everyday objects to stone - as if by magic. Visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and fascinated by Mother Shipton’s story. The park has several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground, and must be kept on a lead. Themed events run during school holidays, for more information and to book tickets visit the website.
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Julie M
19 contributions
Jul 2021
I’ve often seen the sign for Mother Shipton’s cave when heading up north on the A1
One sunny July day we decided to go for a day out
We thought £32 / car was hefty, but we took the wallet hit and paid
Parked in a beautiful riverside spot we had a picnic on the riverbank watching people pootle around in row boats
No too long to linger as time slot booked, we walked through the forest, entertained by Mad Hatters garden on way, plenty to keep young children occupied
And then arrive at the cave, OH!, ok
Ok you need to use your imagination and think about Mother Shiptons life here,
Dipping my hand in the crystal clear water of the well was magical, and seeing the objects petrified over time by the dripping water. I wondered if the water would help by wrist op scar heal …well you never know!
The gift shop at the end to be would be better in the car park, why go to trouble of placing it in beauty spot, I guess it’s all money making for the operators
Overall Mother Shiptons cave is worth a short visit, we made a day of it by exploring Knaresbourgh, which is recommended, a very photogenic place from Riverbank.
Would I go back, a warm sunny day. Maybe
Written 24 May 2022
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Gary W
4 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
I've read a few negative reviews on here and other sites and I'm genuinely shocked, I think the place was fantastic value for money , my partner , Frenchie and I went here yesterday and had a great time, we took loads of photos and managed to see one of the oldest , most iconic feats of natural magic and tge birthplace of one of the UK's most enduring characters also special mention goes to Julie from the gift shop who was friendly and knowledgeable
The place is what you make it
Highly recommended
Written 12 May 2022
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Thank you so much for your wonderful 5 star review. We are thrilled that you had such a great time here and found the experience to be fantastic value for money. We will pass on your kind feedback about our wonderful gift shop assistant Julie, and really hope to see you again! Kind Regards, Mother Shipton's.
Written 17 May 2022
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Topposnr
Derby, UK515 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Having traveled around Yorkshire a lot I had never been to Mother Shipton’s cave until now. It’s will worth a visit. It’s great for families with lots for kids, with a big play area. The surrounding area is truly beautiful. It’s well worth the money. There is a large amount of history around this place and it’s worth reading up on it before you go. The walk along the riverside to get to the cave’s is breathtaking. It’s not an all day place but if you are visiting Knaresborough please take a look at this place.
Written 8 May 2022
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Thank you for your fantastic review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and found it to be good value for money. It’s wonderful that you thought our attraction was great for families and lovely to hear you describe the riverside walk as breathtaking! We’d love to welcome you back again in future. Kind regards, Mother Shipton’s
Written 17 May 2022
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Dave C
South Mimms, UK53 contributions
May 2022
Very disappointing. A very long walk for a moderately interesting feature. Having said that the staff were very friendly and there are plenty of things for young kids to do.
Written 5 May 2022
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Thank you for contacting Mother Shipton’s. We’re pleased to hear you found there was lots for young children to do and it’s great that you thought our team were very friendly. It’s a shame that you describe the attraction as only moderately interesting – most of our visitors find the unique history surrounding the cave to be fascinating and are amazed by the unique geological phenomenon of the Petrifying Well - which has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our attraction and would really appreciate any further feedback you could give us on things you would like to see/ways we could enhance your experience in future? Kind regards, Mother Shipton’s
Written 6 May 2022
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Go267762
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Apr 2022 • Family
A lovely walk through beautiful scenery along the riverside - even through the car park. Plenty of things to see before reaching the cave towards the far end.
Fascinating history to read leading down to the cave. We bought a guide book on arrival and also picked up a book about Mother Shipton’s prophecies from the gift shop/museum which is full of unique displays and the petrified items in the museum are a must see.
My granddaughter loved all the Easter decorations around the park – especially finding all the Bunny Doors and peeping into the wooden huts.
We all enjoyed an ice cream and I think the coffee (especially my capuccino) deserves a special mention as the quality is far superior to that of most tourist attractions I’ve visited.
The playground is great – lots of open space and the dinosaurs were a nice surprise too - thought they were really well done.
Overall a great morning out for all the family and fantastic value for money. Will definitely be back!
Written 26 April 2022
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Thank you so much for your brilliant 5 star review of Mother Shipton’s! We’re delighted that you enjoyed your visit and found our attraction to be fantastic value for money! It’s wonderful to hear that your granddaughter loved our Easter displays and that you enjoyed a beautiful scenic walk along the river. We’re so pleased that you found the history and legend of Mother Shipton fascinating and thrilled that you thought the playground and dinosaur displays were great! We’ll also be sure to pass on your kind words regarding our delicious coffee to our team! We look forward to welcoming you back again – perhaps for another of our themed events? Next up is Enchanted Stories in May Half Term (28th May – 5th June). Kind regards, Mother Shipton’s
Written 3 May 2022
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BelindaHertfordshire
Hertfordshire11 contributions
Apr 2022
What an interesting place! I would recommend pre-booking as we didn’t and we were nearly turned away as they were nearly at their maximum number of visitors, There is a nice walk through the woods and alongside the river. There is a large children play area with picnic tables about half way in, but just be aware that the toilets there are portaloo’s and are pretty disgusting. There are better toilets at the entrance. You can buy drinks and ice cream here but no proper food so take a picnic.
Eventually you arrive at the cave, wishing well and waterfall which is quite magical. There is a gift shop too. The scenery around here is lovely with the river and viaduct. We spent about three hours here, with about an hour in the playground.
Written 24 April 2022
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Thank you for contacting Mother Shipton’s. We are delighted to read that you had such an interesting trip! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the peaceful walk through the ancient forest, alongside the River Nidd and that your family had fun in our adventure playground. Our catering kiosks serve artisanal coffee, brownies, ice cream, sandwiches, crisps, cakes, hot dogs and sausage rolls so there is plenty of choice when it comes to food. We do also welcome visitors to bring their own picnics and we have lots of lovely picnic benches throughout the attraction too. We agree that the portaloo’s are not ideal and we’re currently in the process of working on a more suitable solution. We do hope you will be back again to see our next themed event, which will be Enchanted Stories for May Half Term. Kind Regards, Mother Shipton’s.
Written 25 April 2022
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Dave Regis
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Apr 2022 • Family
It's a hole in a wall.

Absolutely pointless place to visit.

Seriously don't bother, I honestly wouldn't come back if they paid me.

5 minutes and it's over.
Written 22 April 2022
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Thank you for contacting Mother Shipton’s. The walk through Mother Shipton’s is a 2 mile round trip, so we cannot believe that this could be done in 5 minutes. If it were possible, it would make litter picking and emptying bins a much quicker job! Most people spend 1-2 hours within the attraction: marvelling at the well, enjoying the scenic picnic areas along the walk through one of the few remaining remnants of the Ancient Royal Forest of Knaresborough, as well as seeing the petrified items in the museum. We are saddened to hear that you felt your visit was pointless, and that you did not take anything away from the history and science that is in abundance here at Mother Shipton’s. It is always useful to hear constructive feedback on what we can do to improve visitor experience. Kind Regards, Mother Shipton’s.
Written 25 April 2022
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mikelancs
4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Being a proper cave, instead of a bit of cut out rock, admission charge is extortionate, £11 each entry, should have been a maximum of £2 each, and that's being kind, the walk round the castle was a lot better and that was free, who ever runs this place needs to be ashamed
Written 21 April 2022
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Thank you for contacting Mother Shipton’s. We are saddened to hear that you did not appreciate the history or unique geology of this fascinating site. It’s such a shame that you didn’t think the cave where Mother Shipton was a ‘proper cave’, as it is by its very nature a cave! It is not an underground cave network where you might require a hard hat to explore, but the significance of this cave is that this is the place where Mother Shipton was born 534 years ago. This is not an artificially made cave, we have not carved this for the entertainment of visitors, this is a site of historical importance that visitors have been coming to see for hundreds of years. As well as the cave, there is also the incredible Petrifying Well which turns items to stone under the waters as if by magic, a walk through the beautifully kept Ancient Royal Forest of Knaresborough, a wishing well (where we have heard that many wishes have come true), a museum and gift shop featuring displays of petrified items as well as a temporary exhibition from textile artist Mister Finch, an adventure playground, picnic areas and catering vans, and themed trails during our events. Admission fees go back into protecting the site for future generations to enjoy. We are proud to tell Mother Shipton’s story and that so many visitors continue to be enchanted by the legends that we preserve. We are a privately owned attraction and do not receive any grants, funds, or subsidies. During term time the price is just £9.50 per person or £28 for a group of up to 5 people. We appreciate that history isn’t for everyone and hope that others who do enjoy learning new things and exploring the great outdoors won’t be put off by your opinion. We would be eager to hear your constructive feedback on what we could do to improve your experience, and what you actually expected to see. Kind Regards, Mother Shipton’s.
Written 25 April 2022
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Darren A
Dodworth, UK1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
It was a really good trip. Interesting, educational and fun. Plenty for everyone and I would recommend it highly. Great value, but would maybe suggest parking nearby and walking in if you want to experience Knaresborough before or after depending on party size: parking away and walking up would have made it cheaper for us as we were 2 adults and an under 3.
Written 20 April 2022
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Thank you so much for your wonderful 5 star review. We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found it interesting, educational and fun! It’s fantastic you think that our tickets are great value for money too. We hope to see you again – perhaps for our Enchanted Stories event in May Half Term? Kind regards, Mother Shipton’s
Written 20 April 2022
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Louise H
Billingham, UK34 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We visited Mother Shipton's Cave today for the Easter experience having visited last Easter and having had a great time we decided to come again. Just like last year my two children had a brilliant time, all of the huts containing Easter characters as well as the outdoor displays were absolutely beautiful to look at with amazing attention to detail, even my 3 year old son who doesn't usually have a good concentration span kept going to back to take a look, there are plenty of beautiful photo opportunities too which we took full advantage of! The adventure playground was another big hit with our children who must have spent around an hour in there in total using it both before and after a visit to the cave. We loved visiting the cave itself and seeing the 'petrified' toys hanging from the walls. We then visited the museum and gift shop which was closed last year due to covid, it was fantastic to learn more about Mother Shipton and the staff were lovely explaining more about the 'petrifying' process and allowing my daughter to compare a normal teddy to a 'petrified' one. My daughter and son were given an activity sheet each upon arriving which they enjoyed filling in after our visit to the museum/gift shop and in particular enjoyed finding the 10 bunny doors, they then enjoyed another visit to the play area before our time slot was up. I would say 2.5 hours gives you enough time to do everything, Knaresborough itself seems a lovely place so in future we may combine visiting Knaresborough with a visit to Mother Shipton's to make it a complete day out. The one small negative is the main toilets are a long walk from where we were parked and the portaloos available near the park weren't that clean when we came to use them but that's only a minor complaint. All in all we had a brilliant time and will definitely visit again.
Written 19 April 2022
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Thank you so much for your fantastic 5 star review of Mother Shipton’s. We are delighted that you had a brilliant time during your visit and thought our Easter displays were beautiful – it means a lot that you noticed our attention to detail! It’s great to hear you enjoyed your time in the adventure playground, had fun with the Easter trail and learnt lots of interesting information in the museum and gift shop. With regards to the toilets, we are equally frustrated by the situation and are currently in the process of working to improve this. We look forward to welcoming you back in future! Kind regards, Mother Shipton’s
Written 20 April 2022
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