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Valley Gardens & Park

The Valley Gardens, located in the heart of Harrogate, is famous for its beauty and is highly regarded throughout the United Kingdom.


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. 36 of Harrogate’s 88 mineral wells are found within the gardens, with no two being alike. The floral displays are spectacular and include a rhododendron area, a magnificent dahlia garden and seasonal bedding displays that are re-planted throughout the year.


The gardens give you a great place to walk, relax in the sun and also has a great cafe, toilets and a fabulous play park for children, here are some photos of the the park and gardens. It's a great place for children to get rid of some energy and exercise dogs.



RHS Harlow Carr Gardens


Harlow Carr seeks to push the boundaries of design and planting styles, creating displays that are beautiful to the eye. Gardening techniques that respect the environment are used to ensure that flourishing wildlife can also be enjoyed on a visit to the garden. Harlow Carr is a stunning place to meet friends, bring the family and enjoy a leisurely stroll you can also enjoy Bettys at Harlow Carr.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane
North Yorkshire

Opening times:
Open all year, except Christmas Day, 9.30am-6pm (4pm Nov-Feb inc).

RHS Members (+ 1 family guest): free
Adult: £7, Child 6 -16: £2.50, Child under 6 years: free, Student: £3
Groups (10+) £6 each


Harrogate Climbing Centre



Harrogate Climbing Centre is Yorkshire's premier indoor climbing centre. Based on Harrogate's Hornbeam Park, within striking distance of Leeds, York, Skipton and the whole of North Yorkshire; HCC opened in February 2010 and provides the area's finest climbing resource.

Harrogate Climbing Centre's comfortable, friendly atmosphere means that you will be right at home no matter what your climbing goal may be; just to get off the ground, summit Everest or to lead climb 8a.

With outstanding catering and retail facilities, Harrogate Climbing Centre is a great hub for the local climbing community. We aim to provide a great year-round social, health and training facility, whilst also being on-hand for those days when you are rained-off Almscliffe or Brimham.

John Dunne and the team look forward to welcoming you to the Harrogate Climbing Centre!

climbingwallOpening Hours

Mon-Fri: 10-10pm
Sun: 10-6pm

Tel: 01423 815024


The Hydro Swimming Pool



The Hydro offers three swimming pools (Activity Pool/Diving Pool, Main Pool and Teaching Pool/Learner Pool), Brimhams Fitness Centre - with gym, dance studio, kinesis studio, indoor cycling studio, and health and beauty studio - springboard and highboard diving, Harry's Place crèche, The Energy Bar cafe serving hot and cold refreshments, ample parking and facilities for those with disabilities.




Kidzplay is now open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm daily.  It provides a safe, clean and secure environment for children to play in and we have a new relaxing restaurant area with qualified chefs producing nutritious meals for both parents and children.

Kids have lots of energy so there is no time limit for how long they can play. Children will never get bored at Kidzplay with 2 levels to explore within our adventure play area with ball pools, dual wavy slides, cargo nets, tunnels and the 180° spiral tube slides and we even have a ball sports area where children can play football and basketball.

For the younger children and babies we also offer a soft play area that allows your child to roam free in a safe environment and interact with the sensory & interactive toys available.


Click here to Kidzplay Website


Newby Hall

newbyA visit to Newby Hall is another opportunity for a full day out in the Ripon area.

The family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, Newby Hall is an exceptional example of 18th-century interior decoration and one of Englands finest Robert Adam houses. Built in the 1690s and enlarged and adapted in the 18th century, Newby Hall epitomises the Georgian "Age of Elegance". The early history of Newby leaves gaps from the thirteenth century, when it was recorded as the property of the Nubie family, who took their name from the place, to the seventeenth century when Newby belonged to Sir Jordan Crossland, appointed Governor of Scarborough Castle by Charles II. His son sold the estate to Sir Edward Blackett, who had become Member of Parliament for Ripon in 1689. Blackett demolished the old house, which stood much closer to the river, and built the main block of the present house during the 1690s.

Here, you can explore 25 acres of award winning gardens, stroll through the woodland walk and, from June 1st, take in the delights of the contemporary sculpture trail. Its a fantastic place for young people and children too. The adventure garden includes a fort, raft and wobbly bridge, not to mention the paddling pool, swing boats and miniature railway, which runs alongside the River Ure. Look out for summer events throughout the year at Newby Hall including craft fairs and the historic vehicle rally.


Pots 2 Go

potsPots 2 Go offers an activity with a difference. First you choose what you want to paint from a wide range of blank white pottery (known as bisque). Using the paints and equipment provided by Pots 2 Go, you create your masterpiece. We will be on hand to provide you with helpful tips and templates for design, or you can do exactly what you want!

Phone: 01423 524797 

25 Montpellier Parade, Harrogate. HG1 2TG





Brimham Rocks

brimhamBetween Pateley Bridge and Ripon, lie the spectacular Brimham Rocks. This surreal landscape of weird and wonderful rock formations is accessible to visitors; a short climb is rewarded by breathtaking views across the Yorkshire Dales. Drive through Upper Nidderdale past the blue expanse of Gouthwaite Reservoir, well known for its Bird Sanctuary and you come to How Stean Gorge, or 'Yorkshire's Little Switzerland'. A dramatic limestone cleft plummets as far as 80 feet in some places with bridges and pathways providing a variety of walks.


Fountains Abbey

fountainsFountains Abbey with Studley Royal Water Garden, four miles west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, is of outstanding historic and aesthetic importance.

Attracting approximately 300,000 visitors a year, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is the National Trust's most visited pay-for-entry property. Acquired by the Trust from North Yorkshire County Council in 1983, it was declared a World Heritage site in 1987.

Enjoy the sight of 500 wild deer in the medieval park and imagine life in the 18th century as you stroll around the elegant Georgian Water Garden with its canal, temple and surprise views.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a World Heritage Site and one of the most remarkable sites in Europe. Give yourself plenty of time to explore spectacular remains of this 12th century Cistercian abbey, rare monastic water mill, over 800 years old, an Elizabethan mansion, and one of the best surviving examples of a Georgian green water garden. Elegant ornamental lakes, avenues, temples and cascades provide a succession of unforgettable eye-catching vistas in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. St Mary's Church, built by William Burges in the 19th century, provides a dramatic focal point to the medieval deer park with over 600 deer.


Lightwater Valley Theme Park


Mini adventures are for our youngest guests (aged 1-5 years) and offer fantastic family fun, they include; the UK's largest indoor and outdoor Angry Birds Activity Park, the Lightwater Express train ride around the park, Eagle's Creek Farm tractor ride with animals a selection of fairground and water rides and new for 2017 our Adventure Playground and Mini Sand Diggers. Plus don't forget to visit our indoor Soft Play & Cafe perfect for under 8s to run off some energy while Mum and Dad have a seat and a relaxing coffee.

Mega adventures are for our junior thrill seekers over one metre (aged 5 - 9 years), they include; the splashtastic Falls of Terror with sharp turns and sudden drops, wet 'n' wild fun on the Wild River Rapids, and swashbuckling adventures aboard our speedy Skull Rock and the tummy-tickling Flying Cutlass Plus new for 2017 take to the sky in our Flying Nellies and jump around on our huge Jumpin' Jacks! bouncy pillow.

Ultimate adventures, are for anyone with the nerves to face up to the challenge! (over 1.2m in height and 9 to adults). Be thrown into the air in the grip of our Eagle's Claw, hurtle through deep, dark forests aboard Europe's longest roller coaster The Ultimate and venture into the underground world of Raptor Attack. See the park from a whole different viewpoint aboard Black Pearl and then hop on Apollo and take a spinning ride above the tree tops.


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