Mother Shipton's Cave and Petrifying Well, Knaresborough

Englands Oldest Visitor attraction and still a great place for a family visit

Mother Shipton was born in 1488, in a cave on the banks of the River Nidd. 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. 
Beside Mother Shipton’s cave is the famous 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. Visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and fascinated by Mother Shipton’s story.
The park has several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground, and must be kept on a lead. Themed events run during school holidays, these change every year and are advertised at    
The popular Christmas Experience will be returning for its second year! Details will be released on the website in due course and tickets will be available for pre-booking.
2019 Opening Times March Weekends only 10am – 4.30pm April 1st to November 3rd Weekdays 10am – 4.30pm  Weekends 10am – 5.30pm Easter, May Half Term and Summer Holidays Open every day 10am – 5.30pm Last admission 1 hour before closing. Please check the website for special events, up-to-date opening times, and any unforeseen park closures.  Prices Off-peak/peak* Adult £9/£10 Child £7/£8 Concession £8/£9 Family £28/£30 *Peak prices apply during school holidays and events Parking is £2 in addition to admission, payable on entrance only. We cannot guarantee parking during busy periods. Visitors can now book discounted tickets online via the website.

Free Attraction


Wheelchair friendly



  • Street Address: Prophecy House, High Bridge
  • Postcode: HG5 8DD
  • City: Knaresborough
  • County: North Yorkshire


  • Telephone: 01423 864600
  • E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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