Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well, Knaresborough

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#5 of 15 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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Lovely and interesting place to visit nice walk and lots to see very enjoyable for families and couples alike  more »
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  • A highlight of my trip. This is not an amazing wonderland of splendor and excitement. It is an old (1630) attraction that looks old but the updates are exactly what was needed. The audio tour, accessed by pressing a button in each location, is excellent and - most importantly - is well narrated and the sound is clear. (The pauses between the paragraphs are a bit long, but that's being nitpicky) The park and area are nice for spending a family day out. If you like Cheddar Gorge, you'll enjoy Mother Shipton's. I loved it.
  • Took a six year old and she loved it ( this is her rating). Good special features on "the black pearl) with actors, displays and sounds with a quiz. It's an interesting and very scenic walk for adults too. There is a good play park too.
  • Pretty much a waste of time and money in my opinion. Expected a cave system like all the other caves I've been to, but this was just a (very) little cut out of a rock. The 3 people working there in the forest teaching and entertaining kids which were all really good, one mermaid, a woodsman & a statue that scared people then made them laugh. They were the only really impressive things there though unfortunately.
  • Don't listen to the grumps!! Reading other people's reviews we was a bit wary but decided to go anyway What a lovely inexpensive place. Beautiful walk to the cave, very educational, children's entertainers/actors along the way that our daughter loved. Children's park on site, you could take a picnic too! £19 in total for me /partner and 7 year old daughter. Well worth it.
  • Visited here on the 26 August and what a fantastic experience it was, seeing the petrifying well was unreal nothing like I'd seen or heard of before. If you have children it's the place to go, there are other things to see Cave etc. It's £2 parking for the day which is good considering the castle is only 15 mins walk away. Like I said you won't be disappointed.

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