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 Famous prophetess Mother Shipton's Cave is said to be England’s oldest visitor attraction. We predict it’s high time you experienced its magical charms!

Mother Shipton’s prophecies are England’s most famous. Born in the 15th century she foretold the fates of several rulers - as well as the Great Fire of London. She’s alleged to have been born in a cave – the very one you can see today located in what’s left of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough.

The Petrifying Well is another attraction to visit while you’re here - long believed to hold magical healing powers – it’s so famous even Henry VII visited it back in the day.

What to do on a day out at Mother Shipton’s Caves

Walk the many woodland paths that wind along the river and discover what remains of the Royal forest. Take the famous Sir Henry Slingsby’s Long Walk then view the UK’s largest collection of beeches. The kids can let off steam in a brand-new adventure playground- and if you’ve had the foresight to bring a hamper you can dine al fresco in one of three dedicated picnic areas.

Similar activities in this area

Stump Cross Cavern - Harrogate

Great Days Out - Nature 

Other activities in this area

Knaresborough Arts and Crafts 

Betty's Cafe Tea Room - Harrogate  


How to get here

Nearest train station: Knaresborough 

Distance from train station: 0.3 miles, 5 min walk

Northern Rail offer direct trains to Knaresborough from Leeds and York.


Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough, HG5 8DD

01423 864600

What to know before you go 

Park is open from April to October every day, limited opening times during the winter.

Opening times: 10am to 4.30pm – during the Summer Holidays open until 5.30pm, last admission 4pm.

Dogs welcome in all areas other than the playground.


Refreshments, toilets, parking, Shop (where you can buy a petrified teddy or wishing well water!) 

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