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Stump Cross Caverns

Harrogate Yorkshire England
Description : 

Stump Cross Caverns is one of Britain's premier show caves, located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on the border of Nidderdale.


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Ripley Castle

Harrogate Yorkshire England
Description : 

Inspiring Gardens and a Riot of Colour

Ripley Castle is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a

fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful location, with memorable surroundings.

Because it has belonged to the same family for twenty six generations, Ripley's colourful and

sometimes gruesome history is well documented. If the Castle walls could talk they would tell

the story of kings and queens, civil war, plagues and numerous clandestine affairs. The guided

tours are very entertaining and informative as there are so many humorous anecdotes about the

castle and the family. You get to see some 16th century books, Royal Greenwich Civil War

armour and the secret priest's hiding hole, only discovered by accident in 1964. The Ingilbys

were prominent Catholics. Francis was martyred in York in 1586 and several others were

implicated in the Gunpowder Plot. 'Trooper Jane,' a redoubtable loyalist, held Oliver Cromwell at

pistol point in the Castle Library. There are also special children's tours which are hugely


There are delightful walled gardens; impressive hot houses, herbaceous borders and kitchen

gardens with herbs, rare vegetables and fruit trees. Visit the Walled Gardens in April where

there is a collection of Hyacinths giving a riot of colour and a lovely aroma. There is a play trail

for children and a lovely walk around the lake and deer park. Following your tour of the Castle

and Gardens visit the Gift Shop which is full of inspiring presents to suit all ages, and sample

delicious fayre made with local produce in the Tearoom. The cobbled village has several shops;

an Art Gallery, an ancient church and a charming Inn, The Boar's Head,

with bar, brasserie and beer garden.


Telephone: 01423 770152

Email: enquiries@ripleycastle.co.uk

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White Scar Cave

Ingleton Yorkshire England
Description : 

 White Scar Cave, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is the longest show cave in Britain. There are underground waterfalls and streams, and thousands of stalactites.

The curious cave formations include the Devil's Tongue, the Arum Lily, and the remarkably lifelike Judge's Head. Guides lead visitors along the well-lit paths and explain the features. The highlight of the tour is the 200,000 year old Battlefield Cavern. Over 330 feet long, with its roof soaring in places to 100 feet, this is one of the largest caverns in Britain. Also shown on the tour are fine examples of the geological feature known as flowstone, and a display of fluorescing stalactites.

Until 1923 these underground wonders remained a secret of nature. In August that year a Cambridge undergraduate undertook a hiking tour of the area. He noticed a slight fissure in the ground, and decided to investigate. Perhaps coincidentally for an explorer, he bore the splendid name Christopher Francis Drake Long. Wearing only his summer clothes of shirt and shorts, and lighting his way with candles stuck in the brim of his hat, he crawled into the low passage. Spurred on by the distant roar of water, he struggled over jagged rocks and through pools, until eventually he found himself at the foot of a waterfall. White Scar Cave had been discovered, and its name was derived from the outcrops of pale rock above the entrance. The huge Battlefield Cavern was found in 1971, its boulder-strewn floor suggestive of fearsome conflict between prehistoric giants.

The River With Mr. LongWe are already thinking how to mark the centenary in 2023 of the cave's discovery. A statue of Christopher Long, complete with candle hat, is planned for the cave entrance. He will look out across the valley, enjoying distant views to the sea. A stone tablet will commemorate the efforts of the 1924 and 1991 tunnelling teams, the former from nearby Ingleton and the latter from Cornwall.

The installation in 2013 of fifty square metres of solar panels on the cafe roof has reduced the carbon footprint of the cave site, which is now a 'micro-generator' exporting surplus power to the national grid. In addition, the programme of converting the cave itself to low-energy lighting is reducing carbon emissions, and helping to preserve the natural cave environment by reducing heat output and inhibiting the growth of algae.

As well as the Christmas grotto in the cave every December, in 2017 we piloted a Hallowe'en themed section of the cave throughout October. This has been a success and will be repeated in October 2018.

Since 2017 a new system for managing outflows from the underground river has been in operation. The cave is a member of the International Show Caves Association.

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The National Coal Mining Museum

Wakefield Yorkshire England
Description : 

The National Coal Mining Museum for England offers you the unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground, down one of Britain's oldest working mines.

Take a step back in time with an ex-miner as your guide who will take you around the underground workings, where models and machinery depict methods and conditions of mining from the early 1800s to the present day.

This summer, why not visit the Heroes and Heroines Exhibition which explores the inspirational acts of people who went beyond the call of duty. The exhibition focuses on looking at famous Heroes and Heroines linked with the coal mining industry and its community; its inventors, protectors, activists and reformers. Other activities include a programme of interactive science shows, meet a 'living history' characters and drop in musical events such as 'Mining the musical seam'.

You can also ride the train, an original underground locomotive used at Prince of Wales Colliery, and take in the countryside views from one end of the site to the other. Visit the pit-head baths and the Victorian steam winder, follow the nature trail and find the new adventure playground, then meet the last ever working pit ponies, Eric and Ernie and Clydesdale Finn in the Stables.

Above ground, the story of coal is brought to life through the Museum's new interactive exhibitions and audio-visual plasma screens. The science of coal mining bursts into life and promises to send you away buzzing with ideas!

In need of refreshment? Visit the Museum cafe, which serves a range of traditional Yorkshire food and incorporates a fully licensed bar. Then bag yourself some mining memorabilia in the well-stocked gift shop.

Whatever you come to the National Coal Mining Museum for, you can be sure there'll be plenty to keep you occupied this summer.

There is free admission to all visitors and opening hours 10.00 am - 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January. Arrive early to book onto an underground tour. Temperature underground is 12c; we strongly recommend warm practical clothing and sensible flat shoes. Unfortunately children under five years old are not permitted on the underground tour, however there is an indoor play area for children under five.


Telephone 01924 848806

Mother Shipton's Cave

Knaresborough Yorkshire England
Description : 

Mother Shipton is England's most famous Prophetess. She lived some 500 years ago during the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.
Her Prophetic visions became known and feared throughout England, with many of them still proving uncannily accurate today.
The Cave, her legendary birthplace is near to the famous, unique, geological phenomenon - The Petrifying Well. See its magical cascading waters turn items into stone!
The Petrifying Well is England's Oldest Visitor Attraction, first opening its gates in 1630!
Mother Shipton's Cave & The Petrifying Well lie at the heart of the Mother Shipton Estate - a relic of the Ancient Forest of Knaresborough.

Mother Shipton's Cave is England's oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. It was home to the famous prophetess and the petrifying well still stands as a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough.

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 - she lived some 500 years ago in the reign of Henry VIII. Her prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime, the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada... and even the end of the world!
The park has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. All children are given a free trail to complete and keep if they wish. Dogs are welcome throughout the estate as long as they are kept on a lead.

Fiona Martin has owned mother Shipton's since 2011, and in that time, has made significant developments including a new adventure playground completed in 2017. She also introduced themed events during school holidays which have grown each year and have seen a continued increase in visitor numbers. In 2018 families can enjoy a Peter Rabbit Easter with eggs and bunnies galore. For May Half Term venture into the woods with Hansel and Gretel, beware the wicked witch! Robin Hood and his merry men will be in the park during the summer holidays, perhaps there is a champion archer amongst you. On entry children are given a themed trail, actors are stationed to interact with children and help them complete the trail. There are also props and clues throughout the park. More information about these events can be found at http://www.mothershipton.co.uk/events.

Mother Shipton's Cave is open every day from 10 am to 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm to give visitors enough time to experience the attraction fully. During the SUMMER HOLIDAYS ONLY the park closes later at 5.30pm with last admission 4pm. There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission). School and group visits are welcome, but will need to book ahead. Please note that the park is closed November, December January and February.

  • The Petrifying Well
  • The Old Wishing Well of Good Fortune
  • Push button information points
  • A mile long, beautiful riverside park with scenic picnic areas
  • Woodland Walk
  • Museum of figures and models
  • Gift shop
  • Adventure playground and Trail Quiz
  • Themed events during school holidays
  • £2 all day parking, feel free to leave the Park and visit historic Knaresborough



It all adds up to a wonderful, interesting family day out!

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