Stump Cross Caverns
Stump Cross Caverns
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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One of Yorkshires Premier Showcaves, centered in the heart of Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Amanda R
    Halifax, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much fun
    Stump cross caverns has improved so much over the years. I first visited over 40years ago, then again within the last 10 years. Now you get a full information and safety briefing before you go into the caves. A torch and a UV torch are provided. The talk was very lively and fun. All age groups are catered for, with a fairy door trail also now in the caves. The cafe is great, selling a wide variety of meals/cakes/drinks. There is also a ‘panning for gem’s’ attraction, which families were loving. Excellent xx
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Lorraine K
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    Some stunning views and definitely the place to be on a wet and windy Yorkshire afternoon. The staff are friendly and helpful. Great for kids too. Lots of steep slippy steps so think about mobility. Cafe and gift shop worth a look in too. Very nice cake selection with vegan options and gluten free.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Kerry Ratcliff
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to kill a couple of hours
    This reasonably priced, friendly , family owned attraction is a must to visit, there are no time restraints when visiting. Being a cave environment there is a lot of bending down and around 70 steps to navigate, but this adds to the experience. Torches and helmets are provided and the staff are really knowledgable. You are also given a map for the cave system. Coming out of the caves there is a well stocked shop and restaurant.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Anglo A
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stump Cross Spectacular!
    My family and I visited Stump Cross Caverns on our recent family holiday to Pateley Bridge. We chose a rainy day to visit as it was an attraction the weather couldn't spoil. From the instant we walked through the door, the staff were exceptionally friendly. They gave us a full description of what awaited us in the caverns, supplying my daughter with a special search / quest to find a selection of fairy doors within the tunnels. The caverns were fascinating for the whole family and we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. What topped it off at the end, was the wonderful cafe / restaurant there where we had lunch. The food was lovely (I particularly enjoyed the bacon roll & ice cream), and was very good value. Similar attractions often charge extortionate rates in their cafes, but this is NOT the case in Stump Cross Caverns - we even considered coming back for dinner the same evening! Thank you for your hospitality and a fascinating visit!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Rachael
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!
    We visited Stump Cross Caverns on Saturday and were so impressed. The staff were so friendly, engaging and knowledgable. They really tailored their approach when addressing our 4 year old daughter so that she was completely absorbed in her experience. Stephen did our briefing before we entered the caves and set the tone, he gave us a fact-filled overview that was fresh and accessible for both us and our daughter. He made her feel very special asking her name and even talking to her about the cuddly toy she had brought with her. It was very relaxed and made us feel like we had his undivided attention… a real skill when he has more parties waiting and is doing the same introduction all day. The caves themselves were amazing, the fairy trail was fantastic and really motivated our daughter to explore when she felt a bit daunted by the underground element. We had a delicious lunch at the cafe and will definitely return for tea and cake another time. We went to the fossil dig with the cavewoman which again exceeded expectations. She was so friendly and informative and managed to hold the attention of the children really well. It was wonderful that they were encouraged to handle the real fossils. The ‘dig’ part was well organised and we were so thrilled to leave with so many treasures. We visited the gem sluice before heading home and that was also wonderful, it was exciting discovering lots of gems to keep. We returned to the caves for a quick visit ‘after dark’ which was a bonus adventure. The staff in the gift shop were really friendly too and the variety of souvenirs was great at affordable prices for pocket-money buys. There were lots of other little touches that made for a really special day and made the whole experience seem so well thought out and organised. The passion of the staff was inspiring. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a visit here, we felt it was excellent value for money and will definitely be returning as our daughter grows and can appreciate the next level of educational facts. Thank you to everyone we encountered who gave us such a memorable day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Bryan G
    Perth, United Kingdom15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great wet weather day attraction. Kids loved it.
    The grandchildren loved this place and we got some great photos to remember it by. The children were given a UV torch and a sheet to find the 'eggs' which glowed with letters under the UV light. These formed an anagram of the name of the Stump Cross dinosaur. The children could then choose a prize for getting the right answer. They would have been a little happier if provided with a torch each rather than one to share because they wanted to shine the torch at everything. With fascinated children, the tour takes longer than the estimated 45 minutes. Entry for 6 adults, one 3 and one 5 yr old cost around £87 for the main event and add-ons were available. The café served good food at prices I feel are typical of this kind of attraction. Staff were very friendly and explained thoroughly what to do. Tall people have to do quite a bit of bending due to low ceiling height in places. This doesn't seem too difficult at first but as a tall person, and not in the first flush of youth, I was glad to reach the end of the caves because my neck was complaining quite a bit. Do not be tempted to go into the caves without the provided hard hats! There is a free audio guide you can download to your phone. You get the links to it in the email which follows booking or it can be done at the place itself. You would need to bring headphones as none are provided. All-in-all a good family activity which I can recommend. I wouldn't go back because I feel that once you've seen it, you've seen it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Helen B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great food and fabulous service
    This place is a gem, the cafe decor has been updated and is a lovely environment to relax in with impressive views also. First of all, what a menu! My husband and I ordered warm food which was served promptly and well presented by a lovely friendly gentleman. The coffee here is out of this world and our meal was exceptional also, you can really taste the difference when it is lovingly prepared. We travelled from Pudsey for lunch here as we love the scenic drive and we will definitely be back. H & J
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Nicola H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UV tour is a must
    Fab time for all, would recommend the UV tour. Staff are incredibly welcoming and friendly and can’t do enough for you. Food was lovely with amazing views, lovely gift shop too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • jayneandmike60
    Nottingham, United Kingdom83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating place
    This place is a great place for all ages to visit,on entry you have a debrief on the history of the caves and the things to look out for,each visitor is given a UV torch to show the different natural colours in the rocks,children will like the small ‘fairy’ doors at regular intervals,when opened each has a small scene similar to a doll’s house. The stalagmites and stalactites are still forming as water still filters through the cracks in the rocks, you are given a hard hat as you enter and you definitely need it as some of the entrances are quite low.We spent roughly two hours in the caves and on leaving went to the cafe which served really tasty food and drinks at average prices The gift shop is really excellent,cheap pocket money coloured stones up to fossils costing thousands and much more in between,which is very rare these days. We were there when the weather was perfect so we had a bonus of sitting outside and taking in the impressive views
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Cress T
    66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out in the Yorkshire Dales.
    This was our first visit with our 8 year old grandson and we all loved it. Brilliant experience in the caves with the UV torch. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. The food was great and our grandson loved panning for gems. Well done everyone, a great day out.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
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T4Burns
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Took our two girls, both under 4 and What an amazing experience they had. We were a little unsure that they would appreciate it being so young but the staff members were absolutely fantastic and set the scene for them and gave them each a finger torch and set us off on a dinosaur egg hunt in to the cavern. It was fantastic for all of us and to top it off after we took them outside gem panning which they absolutely loved, finding their own gems was brilliant.
Written 13 June 2024
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kelseyH
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Brilliant place. The gem panning was great and very reasonably priced. The fossil digging was great, I would recommend this for kids over 4 though as there was some talking.
The caves were ace, such a fun day out!
Written 9 June 2024
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Paul M
Lancaster, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Took my two grandsons and we had one of the best days ever. Polite and helpful staff and the caverns are a fantastic experience. Ample parking and can strongly recommend the talk on fossils. A really good facility and one I can strongly recommend visiting. Fantastic.
Written 4 June 2024
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Karen D
51 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Visited at May half term hols as only time kids could come. As entry was by timed ticket which we had booked a week in advance, we expected numbers to be controlled. Unfortunately, the chance to cash in overrides that. There were people in front & behind, also coming back the other way in narrow tunnels.For a lot of it, you are bent double because of the low ceilings. Very claustrophobic .You are warned about the 65 steps & uneven floors but the blurb says there is " easy progress" and you can view the caves " in comfort". Sorry but that's rubbish! They advise you to wear warm clothing as it is 7 degrees in caves. However, with so many bodies pressed together it felt very warm , those of us wearing glasses couldn't see anything as they steamed up for the entire visit. My back is still painful 5 days later after being stooped under low ceilings- and I am only 5 ft 3!!! There were panels in the caves for audio guides- these were never mentioned and would have been useful as there are no guides underground. The reception area was chaos, no one helped to fit helmets- our children got the last 2 kids ones which fitted poorly, the adults also had little choice as so many people already taken hard hats into caves. I had to hold mine on for entire visit- they were definitely needed as lost count of how many times I banged my head.Only got 1 decent photo, as everyone had torches so colours didn't show up. I have never been so glad to get out of a place. We were unable to visit the cafe or the shop as both were packed and the queue to go down into the caverns was winding through the shop area.
This place is so badly organised.I only give it 2 stars as our 7 year old enjoyed it ( 12 year old didnt)
If you are under 4 ft 6, & under 40, & come during school days, maybe you'd have a better experience.
Written 2 June 2024
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Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit. We regret to hear that your experience did not meet all your expectations. We operate with a precise booking system that ensures we never exceed visitor capacity. Bookings are prioritized, and walk-ins are accommodated during the next available slot, particularly during peak times. This system helps us manage the flow and maintain the safety of all our visitors. We understand that the narrow passageways may have felt crowded, and we apologize for any discomfort. As a natural wonder, the cave’s structure, including the low ceilings, is something we are committed to preserving and cannot alter. Navigating the caves does require a certain level of fitness, which varies with each individual, rather than being strictly age-related. Please note that our audio guides are currently being updated and are temporarily unavailable. We are working diligently to enhance this feature for future visits. Our venue is a popular destination not only for its natural beauty but also for attractions like the Time Cafe and the Crystal Shop. These areas can become particularly busy, especially during school holidays, and we appreciate your understanding. Our team strives to provide excellent service even during these busy times. As a small family business, we rely on our dedicated staff, who work tirelessly, often in long shifts, to ensure our visitors have a positive experience. While it is challenging to meet the varied expectations of all our guests, we continuously aim to improve our services. We are surprised you missed seeing our cavewoman guide and the scientist who educates visitors about lampenflora. These are enriching parts of the experience we offer, and we hope visitors find them both informative and enjoyable. Thank you again for visiting and for your constructive comments. We take your input seriously and are committed to enhancing our services. We hope you will consider returning in the future to experience these improvements firsthand.
Written 3 June 2024
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Chris G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Excellent place loved it in a gorgeous location and the staff were really really helpful. The cafe is really nice and so is the ice cream
Written 19 May 2024
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That's wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review; it means a lot to us. We're so pleased that you enjoyed it, it makes it all worthwhile 🥰
Written 3 June 2024
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neilmckenzie56
Leeds, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
I went with my daughter who was planning a school trip (7-9 year olds).
Not only were we welcomed with smiles and introduced to the team, we were made to feel special and that we, and the children, would be perfectly looked after!

I took my own children some years ago and Nick and ‘Cavewoman’ Lisa have worked absolute wonders in ensuring all is in place to make this a tremendous experience. From the new 8 minute informative film (which includes H&S requirements), to how to use the provided torches to best effect, to clearly describing all the activities the children will enjoy.

I could not fault the place on any level (pun intended) as there is nothing more they could do to make the whole experience work any more efficiently or pleasantly!

If you read the negative reviews, look at the responses given as, in my opinion, the negative people really have no idea what they are saying and need to listen to what they are told by the welcoming, informative, and knowledgeable staff!
Do I think we were treated differently to ‘normal’ visitors? No! We went early on BH Monday (6 May) and heard and saw many, many other families and groups arrive and be taken through their visit - not one complaint heard (and being a nosey person, I’d have heard)!

If you have a large group then ring them beforehand and they’ll work with you to plan your visit!

Superb! (Oh, and the caves are absolutely brilliant 😆😊)
Written 6 May 2024
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Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you and your daughter felt welcomed and well cared for during your visit, and that everything was set up to ensure a memorable and educational trip for the children. It's wonderful to know that our efforts, from the new informative film to the guidance on using the torches, have helped enhance your visit. We appreciate your kind words and support, especially in acknowledging the hard work of our team. We look forward to welcoming you back to the caves soon, and thank you again for taking the time to provide such a thoughtful review!🥰 we all hope the kids loved their school trip 👍 memories which will last a lifetime ❤️
Written 3 June 2024
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Marmalade1
Manchester31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Called in the cafe and shop on Sunday.
Was really impressed with everything
The view, the shop the staff, the food.
Prices was really reasonable and food quality was great.
Will definitely be calling back soon.
I didn't do the caves, but everyone coming up from them seemed really happy with the experience.
Really recommend this place, especially for children.
Written 4 May 2024
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Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our cafe and shop, and that the views, staff, and food all met your expectations. We strive to provide quality and value, and it's wonderful to know that this was reflected in your visit. Even though you didn't venture into the caves this time, we hope you'll consider exploring them on your next visit, as they offer a unique experience for all ages. We look forward to welcoming you back soon, and thank you again for recommending us—especially for families with children! 🥰 we love teaching our future generations 👍
Written 3 June 2024
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Peter H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We took our two Grandsons, aged eight and six, to Stump Cross Cavers, our first visit. What a fantastic experience and adventure. We booked online and selected our preferred time and when we arrived we were made to feel most welcome and the tour of the caves was explained to us in full and enthusiastically. The tour of the caverns was amazing, our Grandsons are still talking about it and telling their friends how good it was. The gift shop and cafe are worth spending time in too. The shop is well stocked with all types of rocks, fossils, books and much more. The cafe offers good quality fayre and is very popular. The staff in all areas are very friendly and chatty.
Check out their web site for full details of what is on offer. We will be going back again.
Written 1 May 2024
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Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience at Stump Cross Caverns! It's truly heartwarming to hear how much you and your grandsons enjoyed your visit. We're thrilled that the tour captured their imagination and that they are eagerly sharing their adventure with friends. We strive to make every visitor's experience memorable. It's great to know you also had a pleasant time at our gift shop and cafe, and found our staff friendly and engaging. We appreciate your kind words and recommendation, and we can't wait to welcome you back for another fantastic adventure! It’s reviews like yours that make it all worthwhile 🥰
Written 3 June 2024
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M S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This place is amazing. We did a school trip here with our Home Education kids. Amy was so helpful couldn’t bend over backwards enough to be kind. Especially to our autistic daughter. Amy went down the cave with her as she had a moment and froze. She showed her things that we would have walked past. Very knowledgeable and loves the work she is doing and it comes out when she talks to you. Yes it is a little wet and cold but wrap up it’s the caves what do you expect! A fab day out for all the family highly recommend and also doing the Uv lights in the cave at 3pm as they come alive in a different way. Great educational really fun incredible day out. Gift shop amazing too with all the fossils and gem stones. Book now to enjoy too.
Written 21 April 2024
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Thank you for your wonderful review! It’s heartening to hear how much you and your home education group enjoyed your trip to our caves. We're particularly pleased to hear about how Amy made such a positive impact, providing extra support and knowledge, especially for your autistic daughter. Her passion for her work really shines through, and it’s fantastic that she could enhance your experience. We are very proud of team Stumpy! We're glad you embraced the natural setting of the caves, despite the chill and damp—dressing warmly is definitely the way to go! The UV light tour is a unique way to experience the caves’ hidden wonders, and we're thrilled it was a highlight for your group. We love the way it warms up the natural Calcite Crystal and makes it glow 💎 Thank you for recommending us and for exploring the treasures in our gift shop. We look forward to your next visit and hope it’s just as memorable! 🥰
Written 3 June 2024
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Kaye
Harrogate, UK29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Let’s go back to basics here. As the intro video suggests, Stumpcross Caverns is a very special place with millennia of history, unique to the local area and a naturally inspiring, beautiful phenomena.
Such a shame to therefore fill it with fibreglass tacky props and total hypocracy to claim, as in the video, ‘leave no footprints’.
Far too child orientated - for anyone looking to appreciate this special environment for what it is, don’t bother. Would be nice to think one day it will be better managed with respect to the integrity of what used to feel like a magical place, without gimmicks and artificiality.
Written 13 April 2024
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We are a small family business who live and breathe to ensure these Caverns are well maintained. If you knew our story you would realise that we slept in the bed down in the caverns during the pandemic to raise awareness for this incredible tourist attraction and to protect and maintain it. There are lots of people who still come to see where we stayed and we do still stay there on occasions and we invite others to join us on special events. We appreciate that not everyone would like to see a bed down there but this does not take away the magical place that it is. The table is used to play games with children from visiting schools and parties teaching them about the limestone rock, sedimentary rock and what lies within it. I have to admit, I am Cavewoman, owner of these incredible natural caverns and my heart is with the children, our future. I love to teach them and give them the opportunity to enjoy this incredible place. I find your remark incredibly insulting to say ‘better managed’ we work so hard and do our best every day for this incredible place. My son is now co-Director and the future of Stump Cross. We get lots of couples who love to visit and can see past what you call gimmicks. I don’t understand why you would put people off coming to our attraction because of your own personal opinions
Written 15 April 2024
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