Garden Breaks: Valleys, Vibrance and Vistas

Day 1 - Harrogate to Harlow

Start your trip in the spa town of Harrogate with its independent shops and spa heritage dating back to Victorian times when high society visited to take the waters, have therapeutic treatments and enhance their wellbeing with afternoon promenades and high tea. Today, you too can feel the benefits of a trip to Harrogate.

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Valley Gardens

The popular Valley Gardens in Harrogate town centre are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens containing the elegant Sun Colonnade walk covered with Wisteria and Hydrangea leading to the bandstand. Among the immaculately planted flower beds you can find 36 different mineral wells, an enormous Gunnera manicata (giant rhubarb) growing by the stream, a Japanese inspired garden and stunning dahlia beds.

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The park features a boating pool, skate park and an extensive children's play area. In the summer months, you can enjoy the pitch and putt, crazy golf and the paddling pool plus band concerts on Sunday afternoons and refreshments from the café and kiosk.

From here you can take the path through the pinewoods and walk for approximately 30 minutes to RHS Harlow Carr taking in the stunning rural views along the way.

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RHS Harlow Carr

This destination garden has something to inspire the budding gardener, the expert horticulturist and the youngest explorer from woodland to wildflower meadows, borders to blue poppies, and the fascinating Alpine House which is home to more than 2,000 plants native to mountainous regions from around the world. Don’t forget to visit Bettys tea room for some delicious treats and the extensive RHS shop for plants, books and gifts.

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Laden down with your purchases and relaxed from your day in the fresh air you can take the X6 bus back into Harrogate from Harlow Carr.

Stay in Harrogate or in the luxury spa hotel, Rudding Park.

Day 2 - Rudding to Beningbrough

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Rudding Park Hotel Kitchen Garden

Non-residents are welcome to visit the kitchen garden consisting of 52 raised beds made from English Oak trees grown in the grounds that provide over 100 different herbs, salad vegetables and fruits to the Horto and Clocktower restaurants of the hotel.

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Drive to Knaresborough and make your way to the castle for the iconic viaduct view and must have selfie. From here you can cross the dry moat into Bebra Gardens.

Bebra Gardens

Named after the German town with which Knaresborough is twinned, this small but always colourful park on the steep hillside features mature trees and a popular paddling pool. Continue downwards if you wish to reach Waterside where boating on the River Nidd and ice cream await.

Just over two miles outside of Knaresborough is your next stop.

Snowdrops at Goldsborough Hall

Goldsborough Hall

The gardens of this 16th-century stately home date back to the 1750s and feature five Japanese cherry trees given to Princess Mary as a wedding gift by the Emperor of Japan, a lime tree walk and stunning displays of daffodils and snowdrops in the Spring. The gardens are only open to the public on selected dates.

After a twenty minute drive the tree lined symmetry of the approach to Beningbrough comes into view.

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Beningbrough Hall Gallery and Gardens

Here you will find eight acres of lawns, borders and walled kitchen gardens with over 90 varieties of fruit trees and shrubs. Renowned garden designer Andy Sturgeon is currently remodelling the gardens as part of a ten year continual improvement programme, most recently incorporating a new pergola and topiary into his vision.

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Please check all venues ahead of travelling for opening hours and pre-booking requirements

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