Valley Gardens, Harrogate

The Valley Gardens, Harrogate, is a 17-acre English Heritage Grade II listed garden in regal Low Harrogate, next to the Pinewoods woodlands.

It includes beautiful historic buildings, such as the Sun Pavilion and colonnades, which sit alongside a wide variety of shrub, flower and herbaceous beds.

Facilities include:

  • children's playground
  • skate park suitable for BMX, skateboards and scooters
  • band concerts on Sunday afternoons from June to the end of August
  • paddling pool (seasonal)
  • games pavilion selling light refreshments (winter opening, weekends only 11am-3pm)
  • games in the Valley Gardens including tennis, pitch and putt and crazy golf
  • Magnesia Well cafe selling light refreshments - opening times vary. For more information please call 01423 525149
  • toilets
  • orienteering
  • children's boating pool

Increasing biodiversity

Our 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 planting is particularly attractive to bees and other pollinating insects, including moths.

Harrogate Borough Council Act 1986

Part of the gardens are protected by this Act of Parliament and are referred to as the Bogs Field. This Act outlines how the council manage this area to maintain and preserve it.

Harrogate Borough Council Act
Harrogate Borough Council Act plan

Friends of Valley Gardens

The Friends of Valley Gardens group work with us to provide valuable support in the gardens and with upcoming projects.

Come and visit the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room fully restored by Friends of Valley Gardens. The Magnesia Well is now an Information and Education Centre open on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10am until 3.30pm.

More information about the history of Valley Gardens, and the group's work, is available on The Friends of Valley Gardens website.

Visitor information

The main entrance to The Valley Gardens is at the junction of Cornwall Road, Valley Drive and Royal Parade Harrogate, HG1 2SZ. The gardens are open all year round.

Most footpaths 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.

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