Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well, Knaresborough

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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. With our international travel planner, Knaresborough 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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  • A wonderful landscape along this route to get to know some places in this town and the history of the mother Shipton. It is a highly recommended visit for everyone: kids, alone, with partner, friends, etc. Between the charm of the landscape and the history of the mother Shipton that you will gradually trapping, spent a very good time.
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  • MOoher shiptons this year has totally mixed it up with many events coming up starting with Peter Rabbit the last weekend in March and not many of us knowing you can actually take your dogs!! Loved my ...  more »
  • I had so looked forward to seeing Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well on our visit to England but it was closed for the winter. Winter closure this year is Oct 30 2017 opening for weekends i...  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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