Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well, Knaresborough

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#5 of 11 in Parks in Harrogate
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. With our international travel planner, Harrogate attractions like Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well Reviews
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  • August 21, 2017
    Very interesting took lots of photos we arrived about 10am and it was nice and quiet at that time .i would advise sensible shoes due to uneven and wet surfaces .  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Wow , love this place !! The UK's oldest visitor attraction opened in 1630 . Visited here 30 years ago with my parents and today visited with my own children . They had a pirates and mermaids day on t...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Lovely and interesting place to visit nice walk and lots to see very enjoyable for families and couples alike  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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