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Glorious Gardens in Harrogate & District

In the heart of Yorkshire you will find a fabulous collection of gardens, parks and country estates just waiting to be discovered and explored.

The gardens in Harrogate have varied points of interest throughout the growing season, with beautiful displays of winter and spring bulbs, laburnum and wisteria in spring, roses and lavender through to the autumn harvest of apples, pears and other soft fruit.

These rich and constantly evolving gardens offer just as much to the repeat visitor as to someone discovering them for the very first time, as beds and planting are redesigned and reimagined with new ideas and new styles.

Walled Gardens and Formal Borders

Walled gardens offer inspiration and interest regardless of your gardening knowledge and expertise.  Every part of a walled garden is used for the plant that best benefits from the conditions.  Every wall is used for vines, fruit trees or greenhouses to make the very most of the sun.  The beds within the gardens are each planted to best utilise the conditions, or to show how produce would have been grow in the garden when it was first built.

Herbaceous borders around Harrogate are floral gardening let loose: with space no object tremendous swathes of colour and texture can play out over a hundred yards or more.  With every border being different you can see traditional cottage gardening lifted up to a whole new level, or the tradition flowers mixed with more exotic plants to create  an entirely new concept.

Herbaceous borders play a structural role in formal gardens,  often framing a house, a folly or a magnificent view.  As such every border is different, not only in how it relates to its surroundings, but how it harks back to its historic origins, or breaks free and embraces the new.

Garden Inspiration to take away with you

Head gardeners and their teams will be delighted to talk to you about their garden and share tips and knowhow, giving you some new ideas to try at home, or insight into the work that goes on to keep their gardens in top condition.

Many stately homes also work with volunteers who give up their time to help keep these magnificent gardens in great condition, and love sharing their experiences with visitors. 

Some gardens also seek to further horticultural knowledge, and you can see garden trials where the same plant has been grown under different conditions to show the benefits of new techniques, or to test old wives tales and traditional methods.

Places for garden play

From the open grass land of Harrogate’s famous Stray, to the stately grounds of historic houses there are plenty of places where children can burn off some energy with play areas and playgrounds, trees and natural features, or just large grass areas for ball games.

Many of our gardens also have educational trails and features integrated into the visitor experience, keeping young minds entertained while you explore the gardens. 

Traditional games in parks in our town centre gardens provide a setting for some family fun with putting, crazy golf or even Disc Golf!

Make your way to some green space when you visit Harrogate, whether it’s for relaxation, play or inspiration you won’t be disappointed.

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  1. Enjoy Beningbrough's south lawn on a sunny day

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    Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Boroughbridge

    Beningbrough, on the outskirts of Harrogate, with its eight acres of gardens and 18th century mansion is a real treat to enjoy all year round.

    Outside, you can explore the beautifully arranged formal gardens, several herbaceous borders, less formal areas managed for wildlife as well as...

  2. Ripon Law and Order Museums

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    Ripon Law and Order Museums

    Type

    Museum

    Ripon

    Three Museums, one great day out - The three museums of Ripon follow a common theme of law and order and are based in the original workhouse, prison and courthouse buildings. These are all within walking distance around Ripon’s city centre.

    Workhouse Museum

    Expanding for 2018 – we are...

  3. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

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    Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

    Type

    Abbey / Priory

    Ripon

    Surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site has a lot to offer for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

    The magnificent ruins of the once prosperous Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country, sit alongside a Georgian water garden that is sure to...

  4. RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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    RHS Garden Harlow Carr

    Type

    Garden

    Harrogate

    One of Yorkshire’s most relaxing and innovative gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, RHS Harlow Carr is a showcase of horticultural excellence all year round!

    Wonder through the tranquil surroundings of this stunning 58 acre garden and gain ideas for your own borders, or simply relax...

  5. Newby Hall & Gardens

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    Newby Hall & Gardens

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Ripon

    Newby Hall, the family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, is one of England's finest houses, an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration.

    Built in the 1690s in the style of Sir Christopher Wren the house was later enlarged and adapted by John Carr and subsequently Robert Adam....

  6. Valley Gardens, Harrogate

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    Valley Gardens, Harrogate

    Type

    Garden

    Harrogate

    The Valley Gardens Harrogate are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in regal Low Harrogate, which along with woodland, are known as The Pinewoods cover 17 acres.

    The Valley Gardens Harrogate contain a greater number of mineral springs than any other known place - visit the area...

  7. The Himalayan Garden

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    The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

    Type

    Garden

    Ripon

    We are able to supply the rarer and more unusual varieties of Species and Hybrid Rhododendrons as well as Azaleas, Magnolias, Cornus and other Himalayan plants. Our plants come in a variety of sizes from small to specimen plants for immediate impact. The majority of our Rhododendron's and Azalea's...

  8. Markenfield Hall

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    Markenfield Hall

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Ripon

    Markenfield Hall – tucked privately away along a mile-long winding drive, just three miles south of Ripon, has been described as Yorkshire’s best-kept secret. Not visible from the road, a glimpse of the imposing east wall cannot be seen until visitors reach the old Mediaeval road near to the top of...

  9. St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

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    St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Harrogate

    A magnificent Grade 1 listed church, open daily to visitors andjust a short scenic walk from the centre of town. 

    Designed by renowned architect Temple Moore and his son-in-law Leslie Moore, the church, cloisters, hall and cottage are the only Grade 1 listed buildings in the town of Harrogate...

  10. Ripon Spa Gardens

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    Ripon Spa Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Ripon

    This beautiful floral park in the heart of Ripon offers space for walking, play and taking a few minutes to enjoy the day.  As well as floral beds and borders, the park provides a habitat for a variety of birds and wildlife, pieces of woodcarving commemorating the part Ripon played in Lewis...

  11. York Gate Garden

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    York Gate Garden

    Type

    Garden

    Leeds

    York Gate is a one-acre garden tucked away behind the ancient church in Adel, on the northern outskirts of Leeds.

    Created by the Spencer family during the second half of the twentieth century, and now owned and managed by Perennial, it is a garden of immense style and craftsmanship, widely...

  12. Ripon Walled Garden

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    Ripon Walled Garden

    Type

    Garden

    Ripon Walled Garden is a Community Link Project based in part of what was once the Bishop's Palace Garden.

    The Walled Garden started life promoting community participation and enabling the disadvantages to achieve an active and healthy life.  Through years of success the gardens now include a...

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