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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).
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

My six year old grandson was fascinated by the well the story and the cave. We loved all the carvings and activities on the walk from the car park.

Visited March 2014
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Oxfordshire, UK
Level 6 Contributor
736 reviews
468 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 452 helpful votes
“Much better than we expected - highly recommended!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

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.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank JerseyGirl1981
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Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Very Scenic”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Drive in and park your car by the river Nidd and take in the fantastic views of the famous Knaresbourough viaduct. Walking to the cave takes about 20 minutes through the woods whilst still enjoying river views. The caves may be disappointing to some as they are not very big, more of an over hang but the difference is the objects that have been hung there hats, shoes dolls and teddy bears to name a few have calcified this is caused by the calcium rich water that runs on them. The walk along the river alone is worth the entry fee and the caves and story of Mother Shipton adds to the enjoyment. Flat comfortable shoes are advised.

Visited July 2014
Thank marandnic
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Oh dear...”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

They take the money but give little back in return. It's just a pleasant walk beside the river and little else.

Visited July 2014
3 Thank Bill R
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
344 reviews
237 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Great place to visit and so beautiful and unusual, lovely walks around this as well. A must if you visit Knaresbrough.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank JaxB123
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