Stump Cross Caverns



Embark on a journey back to an era before dinosaurs or humans roamed the Earth. A visit to Stump Cross Caverns is not just another family outing; it’s an expedition into the ancient world hidden beneath our feet. Here’s why Stump Cross Caverns is an adventure for people of all ages, no matter the weather.

What Awaits You Underground?

A Portal to Prehistory

  • Journey through some of the best-preserved prehistoric caves in the UK.
  • Navigate labyrinthine tunnels and unveil incredible rock formations.
  • Unearth ancient mysteries concealed in the depths.

Convenient Exploration

  • Enjoy a self-guided tour lasting approximately 45 minutes.
  • Delight in discovering secluded chambers and learning about the 300-million-year history of the caves.
  • Disregard the weather above, as the caves maintain a comfortable 7°C (44.5°F) throughout the year.

A Unique Outdoor Educational Activity

Gemstone Sluicing

  • Participate in our gem sluice, a fun and interactive educational experience.
  • Utilise an identification chart to learn about your gemstones.
  • Take home your treasures in a personalised goody bag.

Great Food at The Time Café

Relax at the Time Café, a uniquely themed establishment adorned with an array of beautiful clocks. As you gaze out of the windows at the picturesque dales, adorned with their patchwork of drystone walls and hedges, it feels as if time has come to a standstill.

Location and Practical Information

How to Get There

  • Situated in the Yorkshire Dales on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington.
  • For easy navigation, input “Stump Cross Caverns” or HG3 5JL into your GPS.


The cavern is naturally narrow and low in areas. There are no lifts or wheelchair access and the ground is uneven at times. You should only take the tour if you’re confident with tricky terrain.


  • Free parking is available upon arrival.

Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: £14
  • Concessions: £12
  • Children: £10
  • Under 4s: Free


Stump Cross Caverns, B6265, Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, UK
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