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Mother Shipton's Cave

  • Knaresborough
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Caves and Mines, Parks and Playgrounds

Reopening March 2021

Discover the powers of the hidden magic at Mother Shipton's Cave and head off on an adventure through the twists and turns of the caves!

Attraction Information

Behold the hidden powers of the magical water in Mother Shipton’s Cave that turns all it touches to stone! Get ready to discover the wonders of England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630.

First, explore the mysteries of the cave where Mother Shipton was born as lightning crackled and burned in a violent storm! Uncover the secrets of the UK’s most famous prophetess as you explore her home, maybe even stare deep down into the petrifying well that no one will go near as it's believed to have magical powers!

Don’t worry if you’re struggling to follow all the twists and turns of the story, there are audio boxes all around the Cave that also have a children's version too! Watch out though there is a statue hidden in a dark corner of the cave that always gives the everyone a little fright. If the little ones need to blow off a little steam, let them loose on the crazy adventure park. Before you leave don’t forget to make a wish in Mother Shipton’s magical well!

  • The beautiful home of the UK’s famous prophetess
  • Kids Quiz sheet
  • Adventure Park
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Opening hours

Mother Shipton's Cave is now closed until March 2021
Please check their website for more information.

Last Entry

Last admission is at 3pm


Mother Shipton's Cave is now closed until March 2021
Please see their website for more details

Travel & Contact Information


Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD, England

Phone number

01423 864600



Click here to visit Mother Shipton's Cave's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

From 13th June 2020 - £25 per car on weekdays or £30 per car on weekends and school holidays. Includes admission for up to 7 people. No motorhomes or minibuses allowed.

Yes, there are toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, snacks are available.

Ice creams, hot drinks, cold drinks and cakes are available.

No, Mother Shipton's Cave is not wheelchair friendly.

Mother Shipton's Cave is not wheelchair accessible due to the natural rock formation of the park. There are three sets of steps. The attraction may not be suitable for people with impaired mobility. The historic woodland walk is undulating and the walk unsurfaced and slightly uneven in places. 

No, Mother Shipton's Cave have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Dogs on a lead are welcome in all areas of the attraction except for the adventure playground.

Additional Info

Additional information


It is advised to wear suitable clothing for the cave and outside weather. 

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