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Mother Shipton's Cave & the Petrifying Well
Prophecy Lodge
High Bridge

North Yorkshire

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Mother Shipton’s is a beloved Knaresborough landmark and England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630. This popular visitor attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the Petrifying Well.

Historic Woodland Walk

A picturesque mile-long walk along the River Nidd features the cave where famous Yorkshire prophetess Mother Shipton was born. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, a unique geological phenomenon. Over hundreds of years curiosity has drawn millions of visitors to the well to see cascading water turn everyday objects to stone - as if by magic.

People around the world visit the park, a remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough with some of the oldest, tallest beech trees in the country.

Who was Mother Shipton?

Mother Shipton was born in a cave in 1488 and grew up around Knaresborough. As she grew older, her prophecies became known throughout England. She foretold the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the Great Fire of London in 1666. She made her living telling the future and warning those who asked of what was to come.

Fun for all the Family

Great for all ages, there’s fun for families in the adventure playground, scenic picnic areas, interactive trails and actors during events, and petrified objects displayed in the museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground. Areas of the park have restricted access, visit our website for accessibility information.

2020 Events

Families can Hoppity Hop to Mother Shipton’s for an egg-citing Easter adventure, be immersed in magic during May Half Term at Pixie Village, have an enchanting summer journey with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, and enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween. The popular Christmas Experience will be returning! Details will be released on the website in due course.

For more information visit our website, where you can also now book your tickets online at a discounted rate!


Months Open: March 2020: Weekends only from Saturday 7th March 10am – 4.30pm

1st April – 1st November 2020: Weekdays 10am – 4.30pm, Weekends 10am – 5.30pm
CLOSED 13th June due to Knaresborough Bed Race

Easter, May Half Term and Summer Holidays: Open every day 10am – 5.30pm
Last admission 1 hour before closing.

Please check the website homepage for special events, up-to-date opening times, and any unforeseen park closures.
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes - 15+
Coach Parking: Yes - Free for group visits
Car Parking: Yes - All Day Parking £2 (in addition to admission only)
Admission Price: Tickets can be booked online up to midnight the day before your visit. If you haven’t booked online don’t worry! You can turn up on the day and pay on entry.
Adults (16+): £9-£10
Children (3-15): £7-£8
Seniors (65+): £8-£9
Family(2+2): £28-£30
Disabled visitors and max card holders receive a 15% discount if the relevant documentation is shown.
1 carer receives a 15% discount per badge/card holder.
On-site Parking: £2.00 in addition to admission
Gift Shop: Yes

More Attractions nearby

Knaresborough Castle & Courthouse Museum (0.20 miles)

St Robert's Cave (1.03 miles)

Royal Pump Room Museum (3.34 miles)

Mercer Art Gallery (3.37 miles)

Allerton Park (4.14 miles)

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