Is 17 acres of English Heritage Grade II listed parkland, themed gardens, floral displays, and historic buildings. The adjacent Pinewoods (http://www.pinewoodsconservationgroup.org.uk) is a further 96 acres of woodland with footpaths leading to RHS Garden Harlow Carr and Birk Crag an area of outstanding natural beauty.
At the heart of Valley Gardens is Bogs Field where it is believed that a greater number of different mineral water springs (now wells) come to the surface than any other place on earth. Thirty-six of Harrogate’s approximately one hundred mineral wells are found within the gardens, with no two being alike.
The floral displays are spectacular and include magnificent seasonal dahlia and bedding flowers, that are re-planted throughout the year. The gardens are continually being restored and regenerated with major works spearheaded by Friends of Valley Gardens, working with North Yorkshire Council who own and manage the gardens.
- The New Zealand Garden in Valley Gardens has been restored. Click here for more information.
- Friends of Valley Gardens have lost three of our strongest supporters in 2022: Malcolm Neesam, David Mason and Councillor Jim Clark. Click here for more information.
- FOVG held its AGM via Zoom on 15th March. Click the links for the Minutes and Answers to Questions.
- Valley Gardens was awarded Platinum in the 2022 Yorkshire in Bloom competition. See a photo here.
- Jane Blayney and Simon Hill have just published a Guidebook to the Trees of Valley Gardens. Click here for for more information
- The Japanese Garden has been awarded the 2022 Harrogate in Bloom Shield. See a photo here.
- As part of the Platinum Jubilee 2022 celebration, the Sun Pavilion and Sun Colonnade in Valley Gardens has been listed Grade II by Historic England. These buildings were reopened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 after a successful restoration campaign led by Anne Smith and The Friends of Valley Gardens.
- Little Bird Artisan Markets are in the Sun Colonnade on the first Sunday of each month. For more information littlebirdmade.com
- Our Volunteer Gardeners meet every other Wednesday. Please join us. Click here to contact our Volunteer Gardening Coordinator.
- For more news and information about Valley Gardens please visit our FACEBOOK page https://www.facebook.com/Friends-Of-Valley-Gardens-Harrogate-1370141123053112.
Old Magnesia Well Pump Room (1858), New Magnesia Well Pump Room now Ripley Ice-cream & Café (1895), Sun Pavilion, Sun Colonnade Walk and Bandstand (1933)
Light refreshments are available from Ripley Ice-cream & Café.
The Games Pavilion near the tennis courts also sells some refreshments between Easter and September.
Children’s Play Area with Paddling Pool, Model Boating Pond, King Edward VII Memorial Gate, Skateboard/BMX Park, Tennis Courts, Crazy Golf and Pitch and Putt Golf Course. The outdoor games season runs from April to October.
LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE GARDENS AND HARROGATE
- Harrogate in Bloom
- Free Walking Tours of Harrogate
- The Heritage Plaques of Harrogate
- Harrogate International Partnerships
- Harrogate Civic Society
- Sun Pavilion: Events and entertainment (Managed by Harrogate International Centre)
- Pinewoods Conservation Group
- Skatepark in Valley Gardens
- Tennis Courts in Valley Gardens
- Harrogate Junior Park Run
- Permanent Orienteering Trails on Harlow Hill, Valley Gardens and the Pinewoods maintained by Claro Orienteering Club
- Martin Fish Simply Gardening (Martin is President of FOVG)
There is a wonderful walk from Valley Gardens through the Pinewoods to RHS Harlow Carr. This is a gentle family walk of 1 ½ miles through formal gardens and peaceful woodland. You can download the RHS map by clicking here.
The Gardens where developed as an attractive walk for visitors to the Spa town of Harrogate, part of their health regime between taking the waters, and as a means of access to the mineral springs of Bogs Field. The waterside walk with flowers and trees became a place for promenading, socialising and taking exercise. Photographs of the gardens in the early 20th century testify to their enormous popularity with crowds around the tea room, boating lake and bandstand. A detailed History of Valley Gardens can be found here.
You can view a Photo Gallery of Historical Photos by clicking here.