Harrogate’s Award-Winning Park

About Valley Gardens


Valley Gardens and the adjacent Pinewoods in Harrogate comprise about 17 acres of park, woodland, and floral displays. It is believed that a greater number of mineral springs come to the surface in Valley Gardens than in any other known location on earth. Thirty-six of Harrogate’s eighty-eight mineral wells are found within the gardens, with no two being alike. The floral displays are spectacular and include a magnificent dahlia garden and seasonal bedding displays that are re-planted throughout the year.
For more information about Valley Gardens, please visit the
Harrogate Borough Council web page.

The main entrance to Valley Gardens is situated at the junction of Cornwall Road, Valley Drive and Royal Parade Harrogate. Post Code HG1 2SZ. See our maps page for additional information.

Opening times
The Gardens are open all year round, 24 hours a day.

Disabled access
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.

Photo Gallery
Please visit our Photo Gallery to gain a better appreciation of the beauty of Valley Gardens. To view Historical Photographs of the Gardens, please click here.

Press Coverage
For press coverage of Valley Gardens and Friends of Valley Gardens, please click here.

Facilities and Activities
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2009 Britain in Bloom - Valley Gardens - Best public park in the United Kingdom
2004 Entente Florale (Europe in Bloom) - Harrogate - Gold Medal

A detailed History of Valley Gardens can be found here. It is followed by an outline giving significant dates.

Additional Links
Follow these links for additional information about Valley Gardens:
Harrogate Borough Council - Valley Gardens
Harrogate Tourist Information Centre
Band Concerts in Valley Gardens (Held weekly in June, July, and Aug)
Games in Parks information from Harrogate Borough Council
Trip Advisor Reviews of Valley Gardens
BBC Valley Gardens in Pictures
Skateboard/BMX Park Valley Gardens Facebook Page
RHS Harlow Carr - There is a wonderful walk from Valley Gardens through the Pinewoods to RHS Harlow Carr. You can download the RHS brochure here.
Walking Englishman - A Walk Around the Woodland and Parkland of Harrogate - a walk through Valley Gardens, the Pinewoods and Birk Crag - about 3.5 miles
Pinewoods Conservation Group
Claro Orienteering Club - There is an orienteering trail for beginners in Valley Gardens and another intermediate trail in the Pinewoods. Maps are available at the Tourist Information Center.
Sun Pavilion
Mercer Art Gallery
Royal Pump Room Museum
Harrogate Civic Society (for membership information contact Peter Brown)
Harrogate in Bloom
Harrogate Flower Shows
Martin Fish Simply Gardening (Martin is President of FOVG)
The Duchy Vixen - News and Information about the Duchy Area in Harrogate
Harrogate Mumbler
Northern Rail - Thanks to Northern Rail for this excellent description of Valley Gardens on its web site.