Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well, Knaresborough

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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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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  • This is a lovely site with lots of things to do and see. We enjoyed filling in the questionnaire with the children too. It is a bit pricey but an enjoyable place to visit and we had a picnic en route ...  read more »
  • Mother Shipton's Cave is in a beautiful setting in Knaresborough. The tree lined gentle walk from the park entry is very relaxing and beautiful with the sound of running water from the stream down bel...  read more »
  • Had always wanted to visit this attraction since a youngster but was a little disappointed but at least I can say I've been! 
  • Beautiful, accessible riverside walk to get to the cave. Peaceful & scenic. Whacky tourist shop near exit.
  • Lovely tourist attraction and great history. Good parking, nice woodland walks. Great for the whole family.
  • Beautiful area, great for photography and lovely scenic walks. Very reasonable parking prices near the river as well.
  • weird and wonderful , well worth the visit and knaresborough itself is great for a walk around and a stroll down by the river ,
  • Very peaceful place and very family-friendly. We used to park inside the park and enjoy the view, before we walked to one of those pubs at the other side of river for lunch.
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