Mother Shipton’s Cave & The Petrifying Well

Mother Shipton’s Cave & The Petrifying Well

This is England’s oldest visitor attraction – open since 1630. Millions of people coming to Knaresborough over the centuries have visited the legend of England’s most famous prophetess and the amazing Petrifying Well.The attraction includes the cave, a museum, the petrifying and wishing wells, picnic areas, playgrounds, woodland walks and a tea room and gift shops. A number of special events are held throughout the year – see the website for details.

It is believed that Mother Shipton foretold the Spanish Armada, Great Fire of London and cars, trains and even aircraft. Many have interpreted her announcement: “Around the world men’s thoughts will fly, Quick as the twinkling of an eye” as an anticipation of TV, telephones and the internet. She evn foretold the end of the world…

You can also read a little more on the history of Mother Shipton on our history page. Visit the Mother Shipton website for more about the attraction.