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12:11 PM 21st June 2020

England's Oldest Tourist Attraction Reopens

Park Walk
Park Walk
It has been a very difficult year for Mother Shipton's Cave after the horrendous flooding and storms they had earlier in the year that caused damage to the park and trees as well as washing away fencing, signs and damaging audio boxes.

On what was supposed to have been their 390th year of being open since 1630, it has been very strange to see the attraction empty for almost three months because of Coronavirus.

However, this time has been used as an opportunity to fix the problems caused by weather earlier in the year and to prepare for the safety precautions they now have in place. New signage has been put up, one way systems introduced and a time-based booking system has been organised for cars only at the moment.

Petrifying WellPetrifying Well
Petrifying WellPetrifying Well

Introducing staggered arrival times has meant that the park has been flowing steadily with visitors through the weekend and visitors have been able to adhere to social distancing. There’s been space for visitors to feel confident and safe, lots of picnics on the grass and kids getting some good old fresh air with the Pixie Village trail. There have been many families visiting for their first outing since the start of lockdown!

Magical Throne
Magical Throne
Here’s just some of the great feedback Mother Shipton's Cave has received on Facebook:

“Thank you for a lovely day, our first family day out since lockdown. Really well organised and not overbooked. Impressed to see the toilets being cleaned after each person and the staff were really friendly. Recommend to anyone, definitely felt safe and lovely to go back to such a magical place.”

“Thank you so much. We had a lovely time. The pixie village is delightful. We really enjoyed our first day out since March!!”


The popular adventure playground at Mother Shipton’s Cave (England’s Oldest Tourist Attraction) will be reopening on the 4th of July!

They are continuing to limit tickets to control the number of visitors in the attraction and keep everyone safe.

Tickets must be pre-booked online through their website, and for the moment tickets are for car admissions only, which means that visitors arrive in their car, the ticket is scanned through a gap in the perspex screens at the ticket booths, then visitors park in the car park and have 2.5 hours to enjoy the Adventure Playground, Pixie Village Trail, Petrifying Well, Cave, Gift Shop and Museum.

The car tickets are for a max of 7 people per car and it’s £25 per car for term-time weekdays, £30 for weekends and school holidays.

As always, dogs are welcome, and they are now serving ice cream and hot drinks as well as ice cream for dogs!

For more information go to:
https://www.mothershipton.co.uk/reopening/