Our Day At Mother Shipton’s Cave

We have been looking for days out in and around North Yorkshire. We came across Mother Shipton’s Cave and thought, why don’t we go and check it out?! 

As a family, we have recently found a love for North Yorkshire. We are very fortunate to live within an hours drive of North Yorkshire countryside. I can’t even describe how beautiful the area is. It just has an amazing aura about it. 

Mother Shipton’s Cave is in Knaresbrough, North Yorkshire. Mother Shipton is one of England’s most famous prophetess. Mother Shipton is said to See the cave where she was born, beside the magical Petrifying Well which turns objects hanging under its waters to stone! It is the only one of it’s kind in England. 

Mother Shipton 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, the defeat of the Spanish Armada… and even the end of the world. Read the story HERE

Thankfully on the day we visited the weather was on our side! 

To access Mother Shipton’s cave you have to drive through the ticket booths. It was only £25 for a family ticket. Which is cheap for us, as you can imagine being a larger than average family, day’s out can be expensive. 

We were directed towards the car park which was situated beside the River, giving gorgeous views of Knaresbrough Castle and people taking boat rides on the river. The perfect country town setting.

When we visited Mother Shipton’s Cave had a Robin Hood event on as it is the Summer Holidays. 

My boys had a go at archery with Robin Hood. Counting Bees with Friar Tuck. Sword fighting with The Sheriff of Nottingham and giving a love note to Maid Marion in exchange for some coins to put in a box for the poor. 

We then came to the petrified well. I was a wonder to see. Water was pouring from the rocks, as if from nowhere. You could see where back in the Victorian era, where some one had left a bonnet and top hat. The ‘rock’ had formed over them, quite spectacular really. It takes 3 months for an object to be ‘petrified’ and turned to stone. 

Across the falling water were hanging objects. Showing how the water can change things to stone. I can understand how back in the 1600’s people thought that this place was magical mysterious. 

Next was the wishing well. Where naturally we all placed a coin in the well while making a wish. I’d love to be able to tell you mine, but i’m a little superstitious. If my wish comes true, i’ll let you know.

We then made our way to Mother Shipton’s cave. It was amazing to be stood in the place that is believed to be Mother Shipton’s birth place and home. There was a ‘voice box’ that told us the story of Mother Shipton and her  cave. At the back of the cave was a statue of Mother Shipton. My boys were a little scared but after some persuasion they came in to take a look. 

After seeing the natural wonders of the Mother Shipston’s cave, the wishing well and petrified well, we made our way to the museum and gift shop. There were lots of ‘petrified’ objects, such as Queen Mary’s parasol and hat, Dame Agatha Christie’s handbag and John Wayne’s Hat. 

Making our way back to the car, we stopped off for ice cream, a pizza and a play in the park. It would be rude not too. 

Before we left we bumped into a ‘Tree-mendous’ character. I believe that they were doing shows thorough out the day but we didn’t attend them.

I can honestly say that we will be coming back to Knaresbrough and Mother Shipton’s Cave as we all had an amazing day! 

Have you every been to Mother Shipton’s Cave? Let me know about your experience. 

For more of our family days out and adventures check out our DAYS OUT CATEGORY

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