Mother Shipton’s cave is apparently England’s oldest tourist attraction and brings people from all over to see the petrifying well. They change up the objects once they are petrified so that they can petrify more. You can actually buy petrified teddy bears in the gift shop. This was the cave, not exactly what I think of when I think of a cave, it’s more of an alcove to me. The story goes that Mother Shipton lived in this cave and wrote poems phrophesising the future. It’s a nice spot to set up shop really as there’s a nice river running alongside. There isn’t really much else other than the cave and the petrified falls, but it’s a pretty walk along the river with some picnic areas, and there’s also a small history museum which was pretty interesting and houses the gift shop. It’s not the kind of place you would probably spend all day, so we left our car parked there and walked a short ten minutes into the town center. It’s full of cute shabby chic, antique and thrift shops which we headed into almost every one. We also had lunch in a quirky little tea room, but I can’t remember the name, sorry! Walking around I excitedly found this Harry Potter mural.There was a small park we headed to and discovered the best views over the river, and a small little castle like building that you could go into, so of course we did.Overall I’d recommend heading here to spend the day, it’s a really pretty town, and great for quirky little shops and something different to do. We are already planning our next visit to take advantage of the boat rentals they had along the river.
Last summer while Adam and I were looking for things to do, he remembered a place he’d gone to when he was younger called Mother Shipton’s cave. We had been to the caves in the peak district but Adam quickly said no, it’s not an actual cave, it’s like a folklore legend and a small little cave. So without knowing really what to expect, we headed to Knaresborough.
Have you ever been to Knaresborough or Mother Shipton’s cave?