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“A step back in time”

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).
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“A step back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We spent a couple of enjoyable hours with our two girls and dog walking the fairly short distance from the car park up through the woodland to the petrifying well and the cave, stopped for a picnic and walked leisurely back near the river in this very picturesque setting. The cave and the petrifying well don't seem too overwhelming to us today, who are used to more high adrenaline, multi media type of attractions, but it feels like a pleasant step back in time, back into a more leisurely and quaint tourist world. The small cafe and the facilities are clean, the woodland walk, the river, the beautiful, somehow still unspoilt nature of this long-discovered tourist spot and the river setting of the car park, with the backdrop of the tiered, picturesque town in the background all add up to a lovely experience for a couple of hours of so. We decided not to go to the museum and shop, which are only a few minutes further. Our family of four spent £21, including a guide book and parking, we took a picnic, and we all felt that this was a pleasant experience, and well worth the money. If somebody expects spectacularly calcified items hanging in the petrifying well they might be disappointed, but what is there is interesting to see, and the recorded information is informative and gives a sense of history. I would definitely recommend this quaint and beautiful spot for an interesting little walk, but would suggest to visit a cafe on the opposite side of the river and enjoy the beautiful scenery that way. The rowing boats nearby also looked like good fun. The weather during our visit wasn't brilliant, but the damp made the green appear even more lush all around us and added to the slightly magical atmosphere. Worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“sightseeing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

very interesting place to visit and lovely location.rec.visit if in the area.great place to walk along the river and also plenty for kids to do.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A must do attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

From start to finish this was an amazing experience. Step back in time as you walk through enchanted woods to mother ship tons cave and wishing well. Marvel at her predictions and enjoy the museum and gift shop. Lovely day out.

Visited June 2014
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west yorkshire
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“Lovely walk”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Was really quiet when we went even though the weather was lovely, nice walk not much to see really, not keen on the dummys that they put in exhibits made them look tacky. Nice playground and gift shop. Only 1 set of toilets on the way in so make sure that you pay a visit when you enter.

Visited June 2014
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“a really nice day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

I have seen the sign from the motorway a few times, and we thought we would check it out. We payed £6 per adult plus £2 all day parking. There isnt a large amount of stuff there, there is a very small cafe/tea room, and a block of toilets at the entrance. you basically park your car down by the river and begin walking into the woods. There is a pleasant enough trail which passes what was a mill on the opposite side of the river, but is now just some flats. you then carry on and there is mother shiptons cave which is fairly small, i was expecting a series of caves, from the caved there is a will which turns things to stone. I actually thought that was quite interesting, and there a number of different things hanging from it, teddies, a lobster and a bike in the pool, There is also a wishing well.
When we had finished walking round, we headed over the river, the good thing, with parking at the attraction is you can walk into the town. We had a lovely walk alongside the river and up to the castle, you can either battle children, pushchairs and slow people and take the stairs, or alternatively you can take the gentle hill and walk up the road (much easier), the castle is free to go round which is nice, and offers some lovely views.
We had a great day, didn't cost a lot, and wasn't to commercialised which i liked. I think for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids) its about £18 so not badly priced at all. Its a lovely place to walk and is nice and quiet.!
In total we probably spent around an hour walking around the caves and the well, then spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the town and walking along the river.

Visited June 2014
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