Mother Shipton’s Cave

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England’s oldest tourist attraction is located in Knaresborough and offers a fantastic day out for all ages.

Mother Shipton is England’s most famous Prophetess. She foretold the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime, as well as the invention of iron ships, the Great Fire of London in 1666, and the defeat of the Spanish Armada and here you can visit the famous cave in which she was born, the petrifying well which turns everyday objects into stone and the wishing well where, if you follow the rules, your wish might just come true. Read more about her story here.

And if all that’s not enough, you’ll discover the grounds of Mother Shipton’s is along the picturesque banks of the river Nidd and is home to a huge adventure playground as well as a gift shop and museum.

Being locals this is one of our favourite days out and always at the top of the kids lists during the school holidays as there are always seasonal events on offer. The one not to miss is Halloween!

Postcode: HG5 8DD

Price: Now this is the only part that lets it down a little…. the main pricing is per car (around £32) which is really reasonable if there is a group of you but as a Mum and daughter I think it’s a bit steep. You can pay a pedestrian price of around £11pp but you will need to find somewhere in Knaresborough to park and walk in. That being said, I’ve just always timed my visits with friends, we share a car and split the cost!