RECOMMENDATION | Harlow Carr Gardens, in Harrogate

13th April 2019

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens is situated just outside of Harrogate town centre and is the perfect place to run your kids tired whilst taking in a bit of nature. Its twisting and winding paths have a magical “Narnia” feel about themas you walk through tunnels of ancient trees that seem to whisper delicious secrets to you as you pass.

The busy, bright rock gardens, bubbling streams and amazing whicker sculptures that spring up around almost every corner help to keep the children entertained and genuinely interested and amazed in nature. 

RHS Harlow Carr

There is a Learning Centre, which always has themed activities for children throughout school holidays – recently we made papier mâché super hero masks and in previous years have decorated gingerbread men and (a particularly memorable one) moulded hedgehogs out of clay.  The small hut selling Betty’s teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes is the perfect place to stop off for a refuel – though it is expensive, so beware! 

In the summer months there are families everywhere – picnic rugs spread out on the well-manicured lawns or perched on the many picnic tables around the children’s play areas.  

There are several kids’ play areas, all sympathetically constructed to fit into the natural environment and loads of large grassy areas which have been tried and tested by me over many years as picnic areas. All, I can confirm are delightful, though the best spot is definitely setting up camp at the bottom of the long grassy hill and then spending hours watching your kids running up and rolling down the hill, while you keep popping back to the hut for another of Betty’s famous fondant fancies. 

The garden centre on the way out is lovely to browse in, though be prepared for your kids to start badgering the moment you step inside for toys / teddies / books / tea towels / plants / indeed, anything they don’t need. 

Just mine? 

I don’t think so. 



  • Adults – £11.80 (excl Gift Aid) 
  • Children aged 5-16 – £5.90 (excl Gift Aid) under 5’s are free. 
  • Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) – £29.60  
  • Or you can become a member for an annual fee and get in free.

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