Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well, Knaresborough

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Centered around the legend of a prophetess from the middle ages, Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well holds the only petrifying well of its kind in England. First opened in 1630 as a tourist attraction, the well allows you to witness everyday objects be turned to stone. Wander down the 1.6 km (1 mi) long woodland trail to see both the cave and the well while learning the tale of old Mother Shipton. The walk ends at a small museum and gift shop that sells petrified souvenirs. Be sure to make a wish at the well before leaving; they are rumored to always come true. With our international travel planner, Knaresborough attractions like Mother Shipton's Cave and The Petrifying Well can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Spent the day here in Knaresborough,have been years ago but all felt fresh a lovely walk by the river the views are so lovely not many people about as still term time then down to mother Shipton cave ...  more »
  • A lovely walk lots of interesting things to see and it was nice and sunny which was fab. However its £9 per person and there isn't a great deal there. It took us around 20min to walk around and we sto...  more »
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