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One thing is certain with a trip to Yorkshire; the choice of activities, attractions, monuments and eateries is almost endless. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your next adventure or sight-seeing outing. We have compiled a list of some of our favourite days out with a difference, those that steer away a little from the big tourist attractions, but nevertheless are certainly worth visiting and experiencing.
Mother Shipton was a famous prophetess who foretold the fate of many great rulers, as well as predicting the tragic Great Fire of London in 1666. She even claimed to know when the world would end. Born during Henry VII’s reign in 1488, Ursula Sontheil, as she was originally known, grew up in the Knaresborough area of Yorkshire. She is said to have had witch-like characteristics; a large crooked nose and a hunched posture. She mostly spent time in her own company in the cave she was born inside, studying the forest, flowers and herbs in great detail and making her own remedies and potions with them. With practice, she became more skilful and began predicting events. She began to make a living telling people about their future and what was to come.
When she was twenty-four, Ursula met a man named Tobias Shipton. He was a carpenter from York and they became involved in a relationship. Tragically, Tobias died a few years later, before they’d had any children, and Ursula kept his surname, Shipton.
Many books have been published about Mother Shipton through the years, and although it is uncertain how much of the legend is true, it is certain that 500 years ago a woman called Mistress Shipton lived in Knaresborough and when she prophesied, people believed her and passed her words on. The stories have likely been embellished over time, but she remains one of those legendary figures of romance and folklore. Visit the cave and see first-hand where she was born and the historic forest in which she lived.
Learn about the fabulous history of chocolate in York, the UK’s home of chocolate. If you love chocolate, then York is the perfect place to indulge your passion. York is a city synonymous with chocolate; its long history with the confectionery dates back to the 18th Century.
In fact, one of the biggest producers of chocolate, Nestlé, still houses its factory in the city, producing up to 6 million Kit Kat bars a day, amongst other things. Hence why there is always a delicious chocolatey smell in the air.
York’s Chocolate Story is an informative guided tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families. Discover fascinating stories, learn exactly what it takes to make incredible chocolates, and learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. 2017 marks the 250th anniversary of Terry’s, creators of the Chocolate Orange, amongst other things, and a special exhibition of their legacy and extensive history with the city is now open.
Discover this unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies, set within a four acre garden on the Tupgill Park Estate in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The attraction was built by the owner of Tupgill Park, Colin Armstrong, in the 1980s, and was originally built as a private folly but due to public demand, was subsequently opened to the public in 1997.
The Forbidden Corner was very well received by the public upon opening and in its first year attracted over 80,000 visitors. Unfortunately, there had been an oversight along the way and nobody had applied for planning permission. Pressure began mounting to close the gardens to the public. Loyal visitors became involved and sent in over 2,000 letters of support as well as a petition to keep The Forbidden Corner open, signed by 10,000 signatures. Finally in August 2000, after much campaigning, The Forbidden Corner was granted permission to remain open to the public.
Lose yourself in a day filled with adventure and choose to explore the huge glass pyramid of Temple of the Underworld, take a creepy trip to the spooky crypt the Armstrong Mausoleum or look out for interesting surprises throughout the Cat & Mouse experience. You can be certain of a great selection of activities to keep the family entertained all day and why not treat yourself to some delicious award-winning food at the Corner Café?
Brimham Rocks are fascinating balancing rock formations on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire. The rocks stand at an incredible height of almost 30 feet and were caused by Millstone Grit being eroded by water, glaciation and wind, and forming amazing shapes in the process. Many of the formations have been named after what they most resemble, including the Sphinx, the Camel and the Dancing Bear.
The moor is around 400 acres in size, so you can enjoy a full day of adventure, walking and exploring. It takes around four hours to get round each of the rock formations and is an ideal day out for the whole family to appreciate.
White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Britain and its name is derived from the appearance of limestone rock that is visible above the cave’s entrance. It was first opened to the public in 1925, two years after it was discovered by Cambridge University student Christopher Long.
The cave is set within the grounds of the incredible Yorkshire Dales National Park and a full tour of its interior is about a mile in length and around 90 minutes in duration. It was created by carbon dioxide-rich water dissolving limestone deposits and over time, has caused unique stalagmites and stalactites to form.
Some of the most fascinating features of the cave include: Devil’s Tongue, a place to avoid being on if you are to believe folklore; The Carrots, a distinct array of orange coloured stalactites which make for spectacular viewing; The Face, which is a white shape that has formed on the rocks at the far end of the Battlefield Cavern that looks very much like a face.
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