The Valley Gardens in Harrogate are a Grade II Listed gardens situated in the part of town known as Low Harrogate. Combined with an area of woodland, locally known as The Pinewoods, total a space for recreation covering almost 17 acres.
Containing a greater number of mineral springs than any other known place in the country, Valley Gardens Harrogate includes an area known as Bogs Field where 36 different mineral wells were discovered.
Light refreshments are available in the gardens from Ripley Ice-cream & Café. The Games Pavilion near the tennis courts is open between Easter and September, which also provides a variety of light refreshments.
There is always something to see and do in the gardens, whether you need five minutes peace sitting on a bench in the sunshine or a slightly longer walk to stretch your legs. You could also take “the cure” with a free sample of mineral waters available from the Pump Room Museum near the gardens’ entrance.
The grass is always greener in these gardens. Wander through the carefully designed pathways and admire the beautiful flower beds scattered throughout. If you’re on the lookout for an adventurous trail, or a leisurely stroll then these gardens have you covered.
Sports fans are also in luck at the Valley Gardens Harrogate, as there are tennis courts available for hire, a pitch & putt golf course and a boating pool. A well-stocked kid play area can also be found within the gardens so there is little chance anyone will be bored with a trip to this stunning part of the town.
Within the environs of the gardens are spa wells and Pump House, a Sun Pavilion and colonnades. The Elgar Walk, floral displays, shrub & tree collection and a Pinetum are also on offer for the more horticulturally minded. Alan Titchmarsh once named the Valley Gardens as his favourite public park. In 2004, the gardens were also awarded Gold Medal in that year’s Entente Florale competition (Europe in Bloom).
The Valley Gardens Harrogate are open all year round, 24 hours a day, and with a number of different areas and garden styles make a relaxing and captivating place to explore.
Stanley Lumley, a member of Harrogate Borough Council said that “The Valley Gardens is a powerful magnet for visitors and residents alike, and this unique light installation will add another dimension our ‘jewel in Harrogate’s crown.”