Days Out: Mother Shipton’s Cave and Knaresborough

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As summer comes to an end and autumn appears around the corner, make a visit to Knaresborough and take in the glorious season changes in the picturesque market town.

One of Yorkshire’s top attractions is in Knaresborough - Mother Shipton’s Cave.

Incredibly, it also lays claim to being England’s oldest visitor attraction, as it first opened in 1630.

The cave was the birthplace of the famous prophetess Mother Shipton who predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime. Her visions even predicted the invention of iron ships, the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

It’s also home to the famous Petrifying Well - a unique phenomenon which sees cascading water turn everyday objects into stone - as if by magic. The well stands as a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough.

It’s a fascinating place where you can learn all about Mother Shipton’s incredible story.

Continue your visit to the town with a walk alongside the popular River Nidd, which boasts several scenic picnic areas where you can take in the stunning surroundings with a bite to eat. You can hire a riverboat and see the town from the water.

The riverbank is lined with cafes where you can pick up a delicious ice cream and look back up to the iconic viaduct and ruins of Knaresborough Castle which tower over the town.

With its cobbled paths, ancient walkways and secret passageways, Knaresborough is a town you’ll love to explore.


Mother Shipton’s Cave: Opens from 10am - 4.30pm

Admission: Adult: £7, children 3-15: £5.00, children under 3: Free

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