Day out for two at Fountains Abbey

A week long garden staycation to Harrogate

The Harrogate district is the must-visit destination if you ‘Love Gardens’ and enjoy gardening. We are blessed with an awe-inspiring collection of unique gardens so if you’re planning your next getaway then what could be better than a week of exploring the glorious gardens we have to offer? We’ve put together this seven day itinerary to help you get the most out of your stay with us.

In this Itinerary

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Day 1 am

Some grow your own inspiration

Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate: Start your first day with a stroll amongst the fragrant herbs at Rudding Park Kitchen Garden which boasts 52 raised beds and over 500 types of plants including herbs, salads, edible flowers and fruits.

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Day 1 pm

Much more than a park

Harrogate Valley Gardens: Spend your afternoon enjoying the splendour of these English Heritage Grade ll Listed Gardens situated only a short walk from the centre of the beautiful spa town of Harrogate.

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Day 2

Horticultural Excellence

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate: Immerse yourself in this truly wonderful RHS Garden for the day. One of Yorkshire’s most relaxing and innovative gardens, Harlow Carr is a showcase of horticultural excellence so take time to savour and enjoy.

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Day 3 am

Ripon's little Wonderland

A beautiful place to start your day. Wander through this floral park in the heart of Ripon complete with a Victorian bandstand, wood carvings and wildlife habitats.

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Day 3 pm

Yorkshire Himalayan Paradise

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, Grewelthorpe: A true hidden gem. This award winning park is home to over 80 contemporary sculptures set within 45 acres of breath-taking garden, inspired by the Himalayas. The Himalayan Garden is now open throughout the spring and summer.

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Day 4

World Heritage Wonder

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal: Spend a whole day exploring this iconic World Heritage Site. Set in a secluded valley, this National Trust property will captivate you with its vast Cistercian abbey ruins and Georgian water garden.

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Day 5 am

Italianate and walled gardens

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens: A short journey from Harrogate, this delightful National Trust property with its Italian inspired hall is surrounded by eight acres of formal gardens including a walled kitchen garden with over 90 varieties of fruit trees and shrubs. Unlike most gardens under the care of the National Trust, Beningbrough is not kept in the style of a specific period but continues to change and evolve in keeping with modern horticulture.

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Day 5 pm

Knaresborough's little secret

Bebra Gardens, Knaresborough: Take an afternoon stroll around these beautiful hidden gardens near Knaresborough Castle. Dip your toes in the paddling pool if you need to cool down on a hot afternoon.

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Day 6 am

Restoring Ripon's garden history

Spend a morning at the Ripon Walled Garden, once the gardens of the Bishop's Palace and now part of the Ripon Community Link Charity working with adults and young people with learning disabilities.

Explore the plant nursery, orchard and woodland, enjoy some lovely refreshments. The gardens and the surrounding woodland are being lovingly restored.

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Day 6 pm

Gardens and a Moat

Markenfield Hall, Ripon: An afternoon visit here is a must, this mediaeval, moated and much-loved family home, is a historic house unlike any other. Enjoy a tour of the hall and the enchanting gardens, and discover the story of this magnificent house and grounds, tucked away in the rolling Ripon countryside.

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Day 7

A modern garden for a neo-classical house

Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon: Spend your last day enjoying the award winning gardens at Newby Hall, including one of the longest double herbaceous borders in Europe. Newby includes a collection of gardens in different styles all around the elegant hall.

Home to the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, it is one of the most important and beautiful 20th century gardens in the country and certainly the North’s finest.

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