The Petrifying Well

The petrifying Well is England’s oldest visitor attraction. It was first recorded by the King’s antiquary in 1538 and has been visited by millions of people since 1630. The water has a very high mineral content, please don’t drink it!

It is here that you can watch everyday objects turn to stone before your eyes. Compared with a stalactite or stalagmite, the items petrify very quickly – a small teddy bear takes around 3 -5 months. You can take a stone teddy bear home with you, they are available to buy in the museum.