RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens opened in 1950, then it belonged to the Northern Horticultural Society. It became an Royal Horticultural Society garden in 2001 when the two societies merged.

RHS Harlow Carr is on the outskirts of Harrogate and it’s spectacular gardens are well worth a visit in all seasons. There are various events happening throughout the year so it’s a great place to visit whatever the season.

What there is to do:

The garden is split in to several areas and there is a circular walk which will take you through each of the different zones ending up back at the visitor centre.

Hidden amongst the paths and trees you will find sculptures, bridges, waterfalls, columns and even a treehouse. You can follow the main paths or just wander and see where you end up.

You will find some very special sculptures around the gardens. Some easier to find than others which is perfect for encouraging explorers to see what is around the next corner.

There is an excellent children’s play area with things to do most ages as well as a tree house for exploring. There is an area for smaller children as well as a climbing tower, slide and swings. There are plenty of picnic benches in the area.

At nearly every point in the garden you will find a bench to sit and enjoy the view, eat a picnic or just chill.

There are various activities going on in the gardens and there is also a children’s trail to follow.


At the entrance to to the gardens is the newest addition to the Betty’s family, Bettys CafĂ© Tea Rooms and shop. You can enjoy a delicious Betty’s cream tea, or stock up on goodies for later.

Inside the gardens there is Betty’s Tea House where you can get hot drinks, cakes, sandwiches and scones. There is also an ice cream kiosk and a very shiny airstream caravan selling hot drinks and cakes.


The visitor centre has an amazingly garden centre, gift shop, book shop and toy shop so once you are inspired by the gardens you can go home clutching armfuls of plants and books about gardening.


Most of the paths are suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Mobility scooters are available to hire.

Getting here:

There is a large car park with blue badge and parent child parking. The X6a bus service runs from Harrogate bus station and stops a short distance away or you can walk from valley gardens which takes about an hour at a leisurely pace.


Ticket information can be found here.

We visited in June 2022 when Pip was 10 but we have been several times and she has enjoyed it at all ages.

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