Stump Cross Caverns
Near Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
Average time spent – 1 hour.
Things to do at Stump Cross Caverns review
Stump Cross Caverns are located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire. The caves were discovered by some lead miners in 1860 but their formation began around 300 million years ago.
To visit the caves you have to wear a helmet as some of the passageways are low to walk through. There are also 65 steps down so pushchairs and carriers are not permitted.
Kids can pick up an educational fossil quiz and they can learn from fun information signs along the way. This trail suits children age 4 to 13-year-olds. For under 4s there is a fairy door quiz with a prize for an extra £2.
When they uncovered the passageways they also found remains of prehistoric creatures such as wolverine, bison and reindeer. Make sure you dress warmly as the caves stay at 7 degrees all year round. Wellies or walking shoes are also recommended as the walkways and steps can be very damp.
There are some spectacular stalagmites and stalactites to be found. The passageways are lit along the way and they are one of Britain’s premier show caves. Some of the chambers and stalactites are named after what they resemble such as a Wedding cake, the chamber of pillars, the butcher’s shop and the twins. Children will have great fun figuring out what they are looking at and many are part of the quiz. Your visit then finishes with a 20 minute film detailing the history and discoveries of the caves.
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Important Information Stump Cross Caverns
Eating – There is a cafe selling a choice of hot and cold food and drinks.
Facilities in brief – One of Britain’s premier show caves with stalactites, stalagmites, a kids trail and a film. There are toilets and a cafe.
Entry price – *Cheap
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult standard ticket is £4.50, children age 4 to 13 £3 and under 3s are free. (their trail is an optional £2). Parking is free.
Opening: Stump cross caverns is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome into stump cross caverns shop and cafe
Address: B6265, Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge HG3 5JL, North Yorkshire, England. Phone: 01756 752780
Category – Show caves – Indoors – Suitable for all ages, although you will have to carry younger children in your arms.
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