Mother Shipton’s was opened in 1630 and is the oldest known paid tourist attraction in England. In 2020 the attraction is celebrating two achievements. As well as a 390th birthday, Mother Shipton’s is a finalist in the Visit York Tourism Awards.
Mother Shipton’s is up against tough competition for Small Visitor Attraction of the year in the Visit York Tourism Awards. The winner will be put forward to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2020.
“Recognition in these awards is extra special as the attraction reaches its 390th birthday” said cFiona Martin, owner of Mother Shipton’s. “It showcases Knaresborough as a great day out for tourists staying in larger cities such as York. We encourage our visitors to experience all Knaresborough has to offer, and as a Finalist in the awards I hope even more people are encouraged to visit the town.”
Visitors to Mother Shipton’s today learn about the famous Yorkshire prophetess who was born in a cave beside the River Nidd in 1488, and see the magical Petrifying Well with cascading water turning objects to stone. Great for all the family, the attraction has a large adventure playground and themed events during school holidays.
People have been visiting to see the Petrifying Well for centuries. This ancient well – formerly known as the Dropping Well – is believed to be the only one of its kind in England and it first went on public display in 1630 when the Slingsby family owned the land.
Sir Charles Slingsby realised the significance of the well and began to charge for guided tours. Since then millions of visitors from all over the world have been Enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton’s birthplace and her amazing story.