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.
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.
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.
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
One of the groups main projects for 2012/13 is to raise funds to restore the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room and convert it into an Education and Information Centre, and landscape the surrounding area.
Come and see the restoration works completed
New barge boards to original Victorian design and colour, restored roof.
The York Stone paving, reclaimed from a mill in Lancashire, adjacent to the building. Much clearing round the building has taken place rendering the Pump Room visible on more aspects.
For further information on Friends of Valley Gardens, please contact
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.