My husband and I were leaving York to return home to Oxford and wanted a quick attraction to do before we left. From the leaflets, I thought we would be in and out within half an hour and that it was some kind of tacky kiddy attraction. How wrong I was!
There is an admission and car park charge and you park right next to the river in the town of Knaresborough, which is very pretty. You can hire boats to have a trip on the river if you like - these looked good but we didn't have the time. The viaduct is very impressive, too.
Then you walk through the woods, past an impressive waterfall, to the Petrifying Well and Cave. Both have audio tours stationed at them so you can hear the history. Very interesting. Then walk a bit further on to the museum where you can see objects that have been petrified by the well. Don't forget to make a wish in the well before you leave the cave though!
In the gift shop you can buy wishing water to take home with you and also a petrified teddy! Expensive at £34.95 but where else will you get the chance to buy a previously fluffy, cute little teddy bear that has been turned into the devil itself with it's cold, stone eyes? A bargain at half the price!
A most unusual attraction that everyone in the area should visit. There's something for everyone - nice scenery and woodland walks; children's play areas; caves with history; cool gift shop.
The only toilets are at the entrance and there is a tea room there as well.
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