HISTORIC HOUSES & GARDENS
Discover Harrogate’s past or explore its variety of stunning gardens.
Harewood House is one of ten treasure houses in England – it’s an exceptional Grade 1 listed building set in a 1,000 acre park. The grounds were designed by Capability Brown, and the rooms are filled with eighteenth century Chippendale furniture and paintings by the masters of the Italian Renaissance. There’s a bird garden full of rare species, and you can have the run of over 100 acres of exquisite gardens.
Find out more on the Harewood House website
Newby Hall & Gardens
Built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren, and later expanded by Robert Adam, Newby Hall is one of the finest country houses in Yorkshire. The interiors are exceptional arrangements of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statues. And there are 25 acres of award-winning gardens, including one of Europe’s largest double herbaceous borders. There’s an enchanting woodland walk, and a miniature railway to keep the younger visitors happy.
Find out more on the Newby Hall website
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Fountains Abbey is a World Heritage Site – a window onto the world of medieval monastic life. Built in the 12th century, the ruined abbey is deeply atmospheric, and has the only surviving Cistercian corn mill. In the same grounds, the Studley Royal Water Gardens is one of the finest examples of Georgian garden architecture – glassy ponds arranged through the wooded valley of the river Skell.
Find out more on the National Trust website
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A stroll through Harlow Carr rewards you with a whole variety of landscapes, from woodland and wildflower meadow to kitchen garden.
Find out more on the RHS website
Valley Gardens Park
Take the children to the Valley Gardens Park for its fully-equipped playground – from toddler swings to pirate ship. There’s a skate park too, if your kids are really cool.
Find out more on the Harrogate council website