nr Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
Discovered in 1860 by lead miners working at Stubbe of the famous Stump "Cross", the cave was opened for viewing by the public soon after with many thousands of people visiting it since. Sparkling stalactites and stalagmites add an extra ingredient to the water sculpted rock walls of the cave. Scientists from Newcastle University have recently discovered how old they are. Some of the stalagmites at Stump Cross Caverns are thought to be at least 230,000 years old with the actual passages themselves up to a million years old.
Since 1860 further exploration has extended the system to over 4 miles in length. Animal bones from Reindeer, Bison, Wolves and the vicious Wolverine have been discovered. These have been dated to over 90,000 years old at a time when the Dales were a wild, barren and frozen landscape. Some of these are on display in the Visitor Centre.
The Tea Rooms feature an excellent selection of homemade scones, cakes and meals. Visit the Gift Shop with a varied collection of crystals, fossils, jewellery, sheepskins together with locally produced food and drink.
Telephone: 01756 752780
Stump Cross Caverns
February (half term) to November:
Weekends and School Holidays - schools, evening groups and coach parties welcome by arrangement.
Stump Cross - the cave with sparkling stalactites and stalagmites adding an extra ingredient to the water sculpted rock walls of the cave.
Open All Year Car Parking Toilets Tea Room Shop Education Centre