Stump Cross Caverns are situated on top of a hill near Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire. When we visited it felt like the least likely place to be home to some underground caverns. It is a limestone cave system located between Wharfedale and Nidderdale in North Yorkshire.
Stump Cross Caverns Things To Do Review
You travel across some spectacular moorland on the way to the caves. So stunning I challenge you to not want to pull over and take a photo. The caves are really extensive and extend to more than 4 miles. Today you can explore one mile of the caves and they have been open to the public for a good many years.
The caves are believed to have been formed around 500,00 years ago. Several fossils have been discovered in the caverns including a near-complete reindeer fossil and wolverine bones which are on display in the visitor centre.
To visit the caverns you have to wear one of their helmets as the passageways are at times very low. There are 65 steps down into the cavern so they do not permit pushchairs or back carriers.
When we arrived our son was offered a fossil quiz. He had to look for answers along the way and there was a prize at the end. This was suitable for children aged 4 to 13 years old. For under 4s there is a fair door quiz also with a prize at the end. This used to be extra but it is now included in their ticket price.
Make sure you dress warmly as the caves are 7oC all year round. I can also recommend wellies or walking shoes as it’s quite damp down there and the ground and steps can be quite slippy.
It was nice for us to be able to explore the caverns at our own leisure. Most of the caves we had visited before were guided tours only. There are some spectacular stalagmites and stalactites to be found many of which you can touch.
Many of the chambers and stalactites are named after what they resemble. There is a wedding cake, a butcher’s shop and a chamber of pillars. It’s great fun working out what’s what and if they look like what they say they do.
Our visit finished with a 20-minute film that detailed the history of the caverns and the discoveries that have been made. We were there for a little over an hour.
They also offer different experiences at Stump Cross including afternoon tea in their Cathedral cavern, special talks and walks, ultraviolet caves every day from 3 pm. They even have a cinema which shows old but popular films, you can even hire the cinema out privately. It costs £6 per person to watch a film in their cinema.
Stump Cross Caverns FAQ & Further Information
Address: B6265, Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge HG3 5JL, North Yorkshire. Phone: 01756 752780
Category – Underground caves – Indoors – As you can’t take a pushchair this is more suited to confident walkers and older.
What are the ticket prices?
Cave entry £11 per adult, £7 per child aged 3-13, including quiz trail and price. £2 for infants-age 0-2 wth fairy door trail and prize or £0 for infants without the trail.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
One of Britain’s premier show caves that you can explore, there are trails for the kids and you will see spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. There is a film at the end. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
Stump Cross Caverns are open almost all year round. For up-to-date opening times please visit their website.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks plus there is often an ice cream van outside.
Is there parking?
There is free parking.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are welcome in the cafe, they are not permitted in the caverns.
Are they accessible?
They are not accessible.