Booking online is essential

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Seasonal Opening Hours

Weekdays 10-4.30 (last admission 3pm)

Weekends 9.30-5.30 (last admission 3pm)

Tickets are time allocated

To book your tickets, click HERE

Admission & Prices

Due to Social Distancing measures, booking is essential.

£25 per car (max 5 people per car) or £8 per pedestrian term-time weekdays

£30 per car (max 5 people per car) or £10 per pedestrian weekends and Halloween

Under 3s are free

Car admission is for entrance in a car (no motorhomes) for up to 5 people. Additional passenger tickets can be purchased. This includes parking for your time slot and admission to the attraction. Please note that parking is for visiting Mother Shipton’s Cave only.

Pedestrian admission is for visitors arriving on foot.

A day out for all the family.

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Dogs are welcome in all areas of the Mother Shipton’s park, apart from the adventure playground which is clearly signposted. Out of respect for other visitors, we ask that dogs are kept on a lead at all times.


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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 and please be aware that on busy days the car park may become full. For more information please download the accessibility document.

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 or under 3 hours on the train from London.

Food & Drink

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We serve a selection of hot drinks, soft drinks, cakes, ice creams and locally made sandwiches. There is also plenty of benches and scenic spots for picnics.

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.