10-4.30pm (last admission 3pm)

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Seasonal Opening Hours

Open every day from the 1st of April-31st October (excluding 26th May and 11th June), and selected dates for Christmas.

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Easter: 10-5.30pm (last admission 4pm)
May/Summer Holidays: 10am-5.30pm (last admission 4pm)
Term Time week days: 10am-4:30pm (last admission 3pm)
Term time weekends: 10am-5.30pm (last admission 4pm)


Easter: 2nd April – 24th April

May Half Term: 28th May – 5th June

Summer Holidays: 22nd July – 5th September

Halloween: 22nd October – 31st October

Christmas: Selected dates from 19th November – 24th December

Admission & Prices

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Easter/May/Summer: £32 per Car (max 5 people per car), £11 per additional passenger or £11 per pedestrian. Under 3s are free

Halloween: £33 per Car (max 5 people per car), £12 per additional passenger or £12 per pedestrian. Under 3s are free

Term Time: £28 per car or £9.50 per pedestrian weekdays, £32 per car or £11 per pedestrian weekends. Under 3s are free

No motorhomes or motorbikes.

An adventure in the great outdoors for all the family in Knaresborough.

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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. For more information please download the accessibility document.


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We have toilets at the main entrance and portable toilets in the middle of the attraction.

Food & Drink

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We serve a selection of hot drinks, soft drinks, cakes, ice creams and refreshments. We have plenty of benches and scenic spots for picnics with beautiful views of the town of Knaresborough.

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.