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RHS Harlow Carr

RHS Harlow Carr gardens in Harrogate, Yorkshire

RHS Harlow Carr family fun day out

RHS Harlow Carr is the northernmost of Englands four Royal Horticultural Society Gardens. Harlow Carr Gardens coves 68 acres, and are set in a valley. The garden has a wide variety of growing landscapes, from running and still water to woodland and wildflower meadows. Acidic soil affords a fabulous environment for rhododendrons and Himalayan blue poppies. Harlow Carr has cold, drying winter winds, deep frosts, a cooler, shorter growing season and lots of wet weather, compared with the oher Royal Horticultrual gardens! These challenges to the gardens have allowed the gareners at Harlow Carr to provide some unique areas and a different perspective on gardens.
Highlights in the garden include:

Streamside Garden
The stream runs through almost the entire length of the gardens, trees provide shelter and some shade, moisture loving plants combine with those prefering drier conditions further up the banks.

Kitchen Garden
Recognising the RHS Grow Your Campaign, Harlow Carr has an extensive kitchen garden with fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Gardens Through Time
Seven gardens have been created to demonstrate the changes in gardening over the past 200 years. The gardens do not reflect those of stately homes and the upper classes, rathr the middle classes.

Play Areas
Throughout the gardens are play areas and points of interest for children, from a treehouse in the woods, to a maze to a more convetional playground.

Visiting Harlow Carr

Opening Times & Prices

March - October 9.30am - 6pm
November - February 9.30am - 4pm
Closed Christmas Day

Adults £11.00
Child £5.50

FREE to RHS Members


  • Bettys Cafe
  • Gift & Plant Shop
  • Toilets
  • Learning Centre
  • Car Park


Six manual wheelchairs and five mobility scooters are available for use by visitors, boking is recommended. The gardens are accesible but there the site is naturally sloping and some paths have difficult surfaces such as pebbles.
A carer can be admitted free of charge for wheelchair users, blind or partially sighted visitors or other persons who require whose disability requires a companion.
Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the gardens and buildings.
Accessible toilets are located in the main entrance, Bettys cafe and the gift shop.
Portable hearing induction loops are available on request.
There are over 200 benches located around the gardens, at varying heights and many with arm rests.

Contact Harlow Carr

Tel: 0845 265 8070

Website: RHS Harlow Carr

Events at RHS Harlow Carr

Easter - Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at RHS Harlow Carr

28th March to 12th April
Have a hoppy adventure around the garden to find the Lindt Gold Bunny. He's around the garden with his friends…who knows where you might find him! Plus over the holidays there will be lots of craft and outdoor fun to entertain the family.