Opening times can be found in the tab below. Face masks are strongly recommended inside the cave, and in the shop at the cave entrance.

What to expect:

  • Self guided tours with limited numbers in the cave at any given time (except Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November, when it will be tours only, on the hour from 10am-3pm).
  • Staff situated in cordoned off “safety pockets” inside the cave during busier periods, to answer questions and help wherever they can.
  • Sanitising stations throughout the sites.
  • Alterations to our shop and ticket office, including safety screens.

We do not take pre-bookings for regular groups, due to the size of the sites, we are able to safely accommodate large numbers of visitors. Just turn up during opening hours and get tickets. We do not turn visitors away, and we do not have large queues.

The exception to this is Santa’s Grotto. Tickets are available on this website from 1st October 2021.


We are OPEN from 10am-3pm (last entry) on Saturday’s & Sunday’s through November, January and early February. From Saturday 12th February, we are open daily from 10am-4pm (last entry).

On Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November entry will be by tour only, running on the hour from 10am-3pm. 

During December, our Santa’s Grotto runs and regular cave tours do not operate. Booking is strongly recommended, and more information can be found here.

Please note we are NOT OPEN on Saturday 25th December & Sunday 26th December.

Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail is open daily excluding a small number of dates. More information can be found here.

Due to coronavirus, we are now operating a self guiding system to minimalise contact with others where possible (except Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November, when it will be tours only, on the hour from 10am-3pm). 

Adults – £9.50

Children (3-15) – £5.00

Family (2A+2C) – £27.00

Senior Citizen (65+)/Student – £8.50

Please bear in mind that there is the additional £1 per Adult and 50p per Child (3-15) to pay for entry to the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail. 

We have a small shop on site at Ingleborough Cave that sells the usual amenities including souvenirs (postcards, magnets, fossils etc), hot and cold drinks, confectionary and ice cream (time of year dependent). There are toilets at Ingleborough Cave for those with a valid tour ticket on that given day. Unfortunately we only have limited facilities, so the toilets are only available to those going in the Cave on the day.

Dogs are more than welcome, providing they are well behaved and are kept on a lead.

We accept payment by cash, cheque or card (excluding American Express).

The Cave tour journeys 0.3 miles (0.5km) underground, so visitors will walk a total of 0.6 miles (1km). There are two short stooping sections within the Cave, and there are no steps. The passages are well lit with floodlights throughout. The Cave is a cool 8 degrees centigrade throughout the year, so we recommend wrapping up appropriately.  Please wear suitable footwear for a well-laid concrete path.

When deciding how best to transport your children, please factor in both the trail (1.25 miles along a well maintained gravel track at a gentle incline) and cave (0.6 miles through cave passages, with some stooping). Single width pushchairs can be taken through the Cave, as can front mounted baby carriers. We strongly advise against rear mounted baby carriers in the cave.

Photography is permitted on the Cave tour, although visitors are asked to keep up with the group, so you will not have much time to take photographs. For those looking for an opportunity to photograph the Cave without time constraints, we recommend booking on to one of our Evening Photography Sessions (link this to the events page). Video is not permitted without specific permission in writing. Please contact us for any video queries.

Ingleborough Cave can accommodate wheelchair users, providing that the person pushing the chair is physically fit enough to do so safely. Access can only be permitted by pre-arrangement, so please get in touch prior to your visit to avoid disappointment.

Visitors must first negotiate the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail, and thanks to the help of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust, we recently acquired a top of the range all terrain wheelchair (a.k.a a tramper), and you can use it! All you need to do is contact us to pre-book, and we advise you do this as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately the tramper will not go in Ingleborough Cave as it it too big, but we do have a manual wheelchair on site with brakes underneath the handles to assist with the slopes. The person who pushes MUST be fit and able to control the chair as there are a few slopes and narrow passages throughout the showcave. Ingleborough Cave staff reserve the right to decline entry if the person pushing the chair cannot show that they are capable of doing so without risk of injury to themselves or others. If it isn’t feasible to go in the Cave, the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail is still a beautiful day out, and the tramper can take the less able all 1.3 miles past the sprawling man made lake and through the beautiful woodland upto the imposing cave entrance! Perhaps you’ll even treat yourself to a hot chocoate or an ice cream! All we ask is that you BOOK IN ADVANCE and stick to the time we arrange, or contact us if you’re held up! We may have to bring in an additional member of staff in order to open the store and show you how to use the tramper, which isn’t a problem – we won’t take the reservation if it is, but it can pose problems if you are very late or don’t show up. We also recommend that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. When you’re booking, do mention if you would like to use the manual chair that goes through the cave as well as the tramper for the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail.


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