Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well, Knaresborough

3.3
#5 of 11 in Parks in Harrogate
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Centered around the legend of a prophetess from the middle ages, Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well holds the only petrifying well of its kind in England. First opened in 1630 as a tourist attraction, the well allows you to witness everyday objects be turned to stone. Wander down the 1.6 km (1 mi) long woodland trail to see both the cave and the well while learning the tale of old Mother Shipton. The walk ends at a small museum and gift shop that sells petrified souvenirs. Be sure to make a wish at the well before leaving; they are rumored to always come true. Plan to visit Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Harrogate attractions using our Harrogate itinerary maker.
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  • We visited Mother Shiptons cave last month as we were looking for family days out where we could take our dog. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Mother Shipton's cave fitted the bill. We arr...  more »
  • Visited Sunday 11th June and really enjoyed the experience as last visited this place 24 years ago well worth a visit if in knaresborough for some local history and great day round knaresborough to  more »
  • Although a long walk through the woods, it is well worth the effort. The petrifying well is fascinating as is the story of Mother Shipton. Good push button audio supplied.  more »
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  • An enjoyable family day out, friendly staff to greet you. The children were given a quiz to do which they enjoyed. The cave and waterfall is fantastic. There's a lovely adventure playground for the children to enjoy whilst the adults have a coffee. You can also enjoy walking around knaresborough leaving your car safely parked in mother shiptons.
  • Fascinatingg place to visit. Very reasonably priced. The pathways are all very well maintained and well signposted.Information points along the way add to the overall experience. Largely unspoilt with just enough commercialisation. Interesting little museum and souvenir shop, could possibly sell other relevant items in addition to the wishing water and stone teddies with fewer generalised items such as the minerals and tumbled stones which have no connection to the area. It would have been nice to see more of the local geological samples.
  • Very interesting place, well worth reaching the guide before actually walking round as it gives you more insight into the history of the area which is easily missed. Thought it was a little pricey maybe. Quirky little gift shop at the end with plenty of nick nacks
  • A great day out especially if you have kids. There is a great play area as well as lots of picnic areas on and it has Mother Symptoms cave, wishing well and petrifying well.
  • Far more to do here than the advertising suggests. Well maintained and extremely informative and entertaining. Huge play area for the kids too.

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