Last autumn we had to trip to Harrogate for RHS Harlow Carr (wonderful) and came across Valley Gardens in Harrogate. It’s a fantastic park, I do recommend it. It’s a free day out and I’m definitely going back.
Valley Gardens is Harrogate’s most famous garden park. There is lots to do there. The landscape is a mix of English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens and 17 acres of woodlands.
There’s a number of water springs in the gardens. For families, there’s a wide variety of outdoor games such as tennis courts, pitch & putt golf course, crazy golf, boating pool, paddling pool and a children’s play area.
We really loved the children’s play area, all the different types of climbing frames, aeroplane and space. It was out of season so we didn’t use the paddling pool but it looked great.
As for facilities, light refreshments are available from the Magnesia Well Café and the Games Pavilion sells some refreshments between Easter and September. There are toilets and the park is wheelchair accessible.
Worth a visit? Yes, for definite. We could easily spend a full day there in the summer and bonus it’s all free. Take a picnic and admire the stunning flower displays.
More things to do in the area:
- Visit Knaresborough. There’s a lovely castle, and check out these hidden gardens with a paddling pool.
- RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate.
- Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough.
- Betty’s Tea Rooms.
- York, Leeds, Wetherby are all nearby.