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Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well
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Owner description: Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. 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. The park has several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Themed events run during school holidays. The park is open weekends in March then every day from 1st April to 29th October 10 am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission).
Tampa, Florida
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fun!”
Reviewed 24 October 2008

We really enjoyed our trip to Mother Shipton's Cave in Knaresborough. We thought it sounded a little hokey from reading the reviews online, but decided if the price wasn't prohibitive (I think £7 was our limit) that we would go. I think we were pleasantly surprised because we didn't expect the walk to the Cave to be along the river and as picturesque as it was.

I agree that it's not a good rainy day activity.

The key is to go into it with the right attitude. Pose for a picture with Mother Shipton in the cave. Make a wish at the Wishing Well (and let your hand dry naturally). Look at all the things in various stages of petrification. The most interesting thing we saw hanging on the line was a pair of thong panties... The main thing they hang to turn to stone is teddy bears, though.

There's a gift shop that has various souvenirs for sale, the only thing missing is petrified teddy bears for sale!

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“Overpriced”
Reviewed 9 August 2008

My husband and I recently visited this attraction and found it very overpriced.Maybe £5.95 is a good price if decided to drive there and park for the day but as we had come by train I thought the price was excessive.Also we were sold a guide as we entered but this was a waste of a £1 as it is just a written copy of what you will hear if you listen to the audio guide.Yes this is the oldest attraction in England but it certainly isn't the best-it was interesting but that is all.The cave was dissapointing and the Museum was little more than a shed-you couldn't look around it as it was too small once there was more than 8 or so people in it.I wouldn't recommend this to anyone especially not at £5.95-a rip off.If you want good value money go to Leeds instead and visit Tropical World who only charge £3 admission .

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AdesKnaresborough, Owner at Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well, responded to this review, 10 September 2009
It saddens us when people say this, we work very hard to keep everyone happy.
I am sorry it was raining, but you don't pay to walk through, you pay to visit Mother Shiptons legendary birthplace, and view England's Oldest Visitor Attraction and listen to the audio boxes, the riverside walk and park is free, its £6.00 each and £1.00 for a colour guide book, agreed it contains similar information to the audio boxes and the illustrated panels, perhaps we are guilty of too much information?
The major difference is that with a guide book you can walk with it, read it at your convenience and of course take it home, and it's only a £1.00 for gods sake!
Tropical work is indeed excellent value but it owned by the council (the council tax payer) staffed, maintained and run at taxpayers expense, no VAT or business rates.
It should be free!
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Rocky Mountains
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful scenery!”
Reviewed 23 July 2008

The park includes a lovely walk along the river Nidd which is absolutly beautiful! It was one of my favorite spots in the Harrogate area. The cave and petrifying well were fun and a nice piece of folk history. Also there is a great playground for the kids.

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West Sussex, UK
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“Worth Visiting”
Reviewed 27 May 2007

I went to Mother Shipton's cave in May 2007 and luckily had excellent weather (not the place to go in wet weather). This is the sort of place to visit just once to say you have seen it and it is a 'different' sight!

The entrance price is average but don't expect to see loads for that money. The park is beautiful and has a riverside walk with views across to Knaresborough castle. You then walk through woodlands (although the path's are all made up, there are some steps) and eventually arrive at the caves. There are information/audio boards up which explain all about each section and are very informative - worth a listen, especially if you didn't get the guide book. The Petrifying Well is like a large waterfall but is eerey to see what happens to items when they are left under the waters from it - only 2-3 months for a teddy bear to turn to stone! The cave itself isn't really much - just a small cavern in the rocks really.

If you continue the walk you will then end in a small museum & shop. The museum contains items that have been left & turned to stone over the years from famous people.

Do be warned that the only facilities in the park are the cafe and toilets that are in the main entrance!

The caves are ideal to park and go into Knareborough as the parking in town is a lot to be desired. You can leave your car and walk through the park into town (be warned that once you are out of the Caves Knaresbrough town centre is only 15-20 min walk but is up a VERY steep hill) - keep your ticket and then you can walk back through the park to the car.

As a whole I would certainly say visit Mother Shipton's cave if you are in the area and Knaresborough is a lovely little town full of history.

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Wales, UK
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“Great Day Out”
Reviewed 6 August 2006

I've just returned froma trip to North Yorkshire, which included a visit to Mother Shipton's Cave in Knaresborough. Described as England's Oldest Visitor Attraction, I have to say it was very good value for money, reasonable at approximately £15 for myself, husband and 5-year old son.

Staff were very helpful and friendly, and the fee included all day parking which in itself is a huge bonus. You can spend as long as you like here. It's basically a beautiful riverside walk, taking in some lovely scenery, great picnic areas, 2 children's play areas, all leading to the attraction itself, a cave where the woman known as Mother Shipton was born in the 1600's. Along the way you come across the 'Petrifying Well' - a natural phenonemon where objects are turned into stone over a few months simply by hanging underneath the well, and being absorbed in its waters and mineral combination.

There is also a small museum and shop; the museum contains various objects donated by celebrities, legends such as John Wayne, and even Queen Mary, all of which have been turned to stone by the well's magic waters. Don't forget to visit the magic wishing well too - but mind your head as both myself and my son banged our heads on the low rock!

Worth a visit in any weather, as the trees shelter you for most of the walk, and the views of the opposite side of the river are almost worth the fee alone! Highly recommended for a peaceful, educating and interesting day out for all ages.

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