Open weekends only until the 23rd March

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Seasonal Opening Hours

Events/Weekends: 10am-5.30pm (last admission 4pm)
Term Time week days: 10am-4:30pm (last admission 3pm)


Admission & Prices

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Online booking is recommended for weekends and school holidays. During term time weekdays there is often availability to turn up and pay by card on arrival.

Quiet Off peak (Weekends in January-March)

  • £20 per car (for up to 5 people)
  • £20 per pedestrian group (of up to 5 people)
  • £6 per pedestrian or additional passenger
  • Under 3s Free

Off peak (Term-time weekdays from April)

  • £30 per car (for up to 5 people)
  • £30 per pedestrian group (of up to 5 people)
  • £10 per pedestrian or additional passenger
  • Under 3s Free

Peak (Weekends and Events) – Easter, May Half Term, Summer and Halloween

  • £36 per car (for up to 5 people)
  • £36 per pedestrian group (of up to 5 people)
  • £13 per pedestrian or additional passenger
  • Under 3s Free

Unfortunately we do not accept motorhomes.

Experience Natural Beauty and Family Fun

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Welcome to the Park at Mother Shipton's Cave, a haven of natural beauty and excitement for visitors of all ages. Immerse yourself in the enchanting surroundings, explore the picturesque landscapes, and create cherished memories with your loved ones. From scenic walks to thrilling activities, there's something for everyone in this captivating outdoor destination.


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The Cave and Petrifying Well in Mother Shipton’s Park are both natural rock formations, situated in the centre of a mile-long, woodland park. Access can only be gained via three sets of twenty-five steps. Two sets you could describe as ‘standard’, like stairs in a shopping centre. The other set is considerably shallower. All steps are outside and have handrails. There are rest areas between with seats provided. The attraction, however, may not be suitable for people with impaired mobility. There is no access for pushchairs for these steps, pushchairs must be parked at the bottom of the steps under the shelter provided or bring a sling if possible. There is no wheelchair access. We do not have blue badge parking. For more information please download the accessibility document.

A Dog Friendly Attraction

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At Mother Shipton's, we welcome dogs to enjoy our park alongside their owners, providing a fantastic experience for all. With the exception of the adventure playground, where clear signage is displayed, dogs are allowed throughout the park. To ensure a pleasant environment for everyone, we kindly request that dogs remain on a lead at all times.

Treats for Your Canine Companions - We go the extra mile to cater to our four-legged visitors. Refreshments specially crafted for dogs are available, including delightful Puppuccinos and tempting Doggy Ice Cream. Treat your furry friends to a special snack, allowing them to join in on the fun and enjoy their visit to the fullest.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept dogs during our Christmas event due to the unique setup of our Christmas Experience.

A sprinkle-covered chocolate topped ice cream cone with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream, a chocolate flake and a wafer disc which says 'Mother Shipton's'

Food and Drink

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Indulge in a delightful array of refreshments at Mother Shipton's, where we offer a selection of hot drinks, pies, soft drinks, cakes, ice creams, and more. Fuel your exploration with delicious treats.

Experience Scenic Picnics with Stunning Views

Discover picturesque picnic spots with breathtaking views of the charming town of Knaresborough. Our park provides plenty of benches and scenic areas where you can enjoy your picnic amidst nature's beauty.

No matter the weather, we've got you covered! Enjoy your picnic in our convenient covered seating areas, ensuring an enjoyable experience even if the weather doesn't cooperate.

Please note that no cash payments can be accepted within the attraction, only card transactions can be taken.

Adventure Playground

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Embark on limitless fun at our vast adventure playground - unleash your inner adventurer! Access to the adventure playground is subject to weather conditions. Unfortuantely there is no access to the Adventure Playground during our Christmas Event.


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We have toilets at the main entrance including baby changing, and portable toilets in the middle of the attraction including an accessible toilet.

Gift Shop & Museum

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Step into a treasure trove filled with enchanting curiosities, delightful souvenirs, and captivating magical items in our Gift Shop. Please note that no cash payments can be accepted within the attraction, only card transactions can be taken. Take a piece of the magic home with you or find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your experience.

Marvel at our unique museum displays, showcasing petrified celebrity items that will leave you in awe. Discover the extraordinary and dive into the stories behind these fascinating artifacts.
In addition, our exhibition space is currently featuring a remarkable collection of artwork by the talented local artist, Mister Finch. Don't miss the opportunity to browse our captivating Museum & Gift Shop during your visit.

Visiting Knaresborough

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Mother Shipton's Cave is located in Knaresborough, a historic and picturesque North Yorkshire market town. Knaresborough's railway station is just five minutes walk from the entrance and frequent buses stop near the main entrance. Knaresborough is a 1 hour train journey from Leeds. Please be aware that there is only one entrance and exit to Mother Shipton's, on High Bridge in Knaresborough. Parking is only for visiting Mother Shipton's, visitors cannot park on site and walk out into the town of Knaresborough. We recommend parking in an alternative car park such as Conyngham Hall should you wish to explore the town after your visit.

Large group & school booking

Special discount rates apply for school visits. A visit links well with Key Stages 1 to 3 in history, science, geography and English. Please contact us for more information or to arrange a visit.