Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well, Knaresborough

(3.2/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • We went on a nice sunny day and had a nice walk along the track. There was a Wizard Of Oz event going on and the staff got into the spirit of things really well... We got pounced on by a cowardly lion...  more »
  • I've been waiting a long time to visit here and it was a personal visit that meant my entire family drove up to Knaresborough and we decided to do it, and to do the walk. For car parking and 2 adults ...  more »
  • Lovely walk,view's picnic area's a wizard of oz theme when we visited unique visitor attraction an interesting incite into the way some people lived in the past.  more »
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  • It's basically a kilometre long path along the river in pleasant surroundings so the value is questionable. As a one off with the family it was fine and the weather held too . We went during the summer holiday and they had actors there to add atmosphere and intrigue which were interactive and good with the kids. There are picnic tables half way along and a very small shop cum museum at the end. And of course the cave itself which is just somewhere you look in rather than leading anywhere. Nice but ultimately lacking anything to keep you there and afterwards we wandered up the hill into the town and Castle areas.
  • I can't rate the attraction, but I rate the surroundings and the experience of being here. Outstandingly good.
  • Great attraction for both couples and families. Onsite parking only £2 and entrance fee £6 per adult which seemed reasonable. Also worth buying the guide for an extra £1. Scenic woodland to get to the petrifying well and cave. Good playground if visiting with children just beyond the entrance. Plenty of information boards along the way to describe each location. Quirky museum at the end of the walk. Exit allows you to take a walk along the other side of the river and discover the rest of Knaresborough whilst leaving the car in this attraction. Worth a visit to combine with a full day out in Knaresborough.
  • Didn't enjoy this walk. Not worth the money. Maybe Children will enjoy the actors and story's.
  • The entrance is 6£ for adults and it's worth it. The place is like a "scary park" perfect for kids and adults for the beautiful views you get by the river and in the woods. Well worth a visit!