We decided to try a new day out today as we’re a bit bored of doing the same thing every weekend. So for a change we took a drive over to Pateley Bridge and went down the caves at Stump Cross Caverns. Our children are 3 and 5, and though initially our 3 year old was a bit reluctant, he soon got into it and we really enjoyed our visit. There are no set times for tours, you just go down into the cave whenever you want to. Things to remember are:
- The steps were quite steep and we had to hold our children’s hands at all times.
- You have to wear a hard hat to enter the caverns
- The floors were quite wet so it’s definitely worth wearing wellies.
- Wrap up warm, it was quite chilly down there!
- The ceilings were quite low, hence the hard hats.
- Unsuitable for pushchairs or wheel chairs.
Entry was £7.50 for adults and £4.95 for children between 4 and 13.
We were in the cave for about an hour, and there are also plenty of “fairy doors” to look at and discuss, as well as the various other geological elements of the cave – it’s definitely worth buying a guide book for £1 as my 5 year old had lots of questions I couldn’t answer.
The caves are open between 10am and 5.30pm and there is also a tea room with high chairs and changing mats in the (very clean and lovely!) toilets.
Yorkshire show cave, Greenhow Hill, Harrogate. HG3 5JL.
Photo used with kind permission of Stump Cross Caverns.