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Valley Gardens, Harrogate

Is an English Heritage Grade II Listed Garden situated in regal Low Harrogate, adjacent to a popular woodland known as The Pinewoods, and covers 17 acres. It includes beautiful historical buildings such as the Sun Pavilion and Colonnades which sit alongside a wide variety of shrub, flower and herbaceous beds. The gardens also include - outdoor games facilities a children's play area for all ages, a skate park and the Magnesia Well Cafe. For music lovers, band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.

Photo - Valley Gardens Biodiversity bedPhoto - Valley GardensPhoto - Valley Gardens in Spring


Increasing Biodiversity

Harrogate Borough Council Parks and Open Spaces staff, and Harrogate in Bloom, have worked with award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, to design and plant areas in public places that will increase biodiversity and create improved habitats for wildlife. The Nectar Bar in the Valley Gardens, and the In-flight garden on Montpellier Hill have dual functions of increasing biodiversity through a tapestry of multi-layered planting and providing habitats for beneficial insects through plant material choice and habitat space creation.

Valley Gardens Nectar BarInsect Hotel 

​Valley Gardens Nectar Bar Valley Gardens Insect Hotel

The Nectar Bar planting is predominantly herbaceous perennial with structural planting provided by winter flowering honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima). Plants here are particularly attractive to bees and other pollinating insects including moths, which have been highlighted as an important pollinating garden insect that are somewhat over-looked but are unfortunately becoming endangered.

The Cherub Fountain

In 1972 a leading Harrogate Councillor was visiting the Chelsea Flower show, where he saw a sculpture created by a young Australian called John Robinson, the Councillor took it upon himself to order the piece, which was presented to the then Director of Parks Mr Alan Ravenscroft on the 23 May 1972 where it was installed upon a circular stone surround in the centre of the Valley Gardens.

Cherub Fountain - photo

More information about the history of Valley Gardens is available from The Friends of Valley Gardens website.

Friends of Valley Gardens

The Friends of Valley Gardens Group was formed to help support this beautiful park. The group work in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council to provide valuable support within the gardens and on upcoming projects.

Come and see the restoration works that have been completed.

New barge boards have been installed according to the original Victorian design and colour and the roof has been restored.

The York Stone paving, which surrounds the building, was reclaimed from a mill in Lancashire, clearance of overgrown vegetation in the Peat Garden has taken place making the Pump Room much more visible.

In February and March 2014 the rock garden was constructed and the existing path was re-laid with a new path section created making the garden much more accessible. Planting of the immediate areas is planned to take place over 2014.

For further information on Friends of Valley Gardens, please contact chair@friendsofvalleygardens.co.uk or visit Friends of Valley Gardens website.

Visitor Information

The main entrance to The Valley Gardens is situated at the junction of Cornwall Road, Valley Drive and Royal Parade Harrogate, HG1 2SZ

The Gardens are open all year round.

Most footpaths in the Gardens are suitable for the majority of manual and electric wheelchair users and there are disabled toilets.

Street disc zone car parking is available around Valley Gardens, please read the signs carefully before you leave your car.

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