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“Lovely gardens, well worth a visit”

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Ranked #4 of 82 things to do in Harrogate
Certificate of Excellence
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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Lovely gardens, well worth a visit”
Reviewed 18 September 2011

We walked up to Harlow Carr from Harrogate through the Valley Gardens and the Pine Woods, which made a lovely walk. It isn't far, maybe three quarters of an hour, and easy walking on good, well marked paths. Worth it to see the Valley gardens, so beautifully kept by the local authority.
Harlow Carr itself is lovely, as are all the RHS gardens. We loved the "gardens through time" series of small gardens, and we also loved the scented garden and the wild flower meadow. The woods are beautiful too. The vegetable garden was a bit disappointing, but probably because there's a fair bit of re-doing going on.
Only one thing dismayed us, the unspeakably ugly new "learning centre", which has to be one of the most hideous small buildings we'd ever seen, and which ruins the view to that side of the gardens.
Ignoring that one horror, there is a good plant centre, an excellent shop, with lots of good ideas for presents, and when you've exhausted yourself with walking (especially if you do walk from Harrogate) Betty's have a tearoom where you can buy good tea and buns.
And if you can't find the energy to do the walk back into Harrogate, there is an excellent bus service from Harlow Carr.
A great day out, lots of gardening inspiration.

Visited July 2011
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Luton
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“Beautiful gardens and good disabled access”
Reviewed 14 September 2011

Well worth a visit - good parking on site and staff very good with older/disabled customers. Took an elderly parent who needed motorised wheelchair. She was well looked after and we managed to see most of the garden within a couple of hours. I had booked in advance and ticket office staff were very helpful over telephone and in person. Thank you!

Betty's tea shop a nice treat but very expensive and restaurant staff not as friendly as counter staff who were just as busy. Food was excellent though and very well presented.

Visited September 2011
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Cheltenham
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“A wonderful day out”
Reviewed 10 September 2011

We spent a whole afternoon here. You need sensible shoes as there is a lot of walking involved, but it is well worth it.. We found the gardens showing the history of gardening from Regency times particularly interesting, but the displays in the borders as well as the Alpine Gardens and the Fragrant Garden were extremely interesting. The plant centre was also very comprehensive, and I was very sorry that as we had gone to Harrogate by rail I was unable to purchase plants. A camera is also a 'must' as is a visit to Betty's for coffee/tea at least.

Visited September 2011
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Wonderful Gardens and Restaurant”
Reviewed 7 September 2011

I enjoyed a great day out, got some great ideas about plants for my own garden and then enjoyed a fantasic afternoon tea at Betty's - what more could I ask for? Entry is free to RHS Members, which luckily I am!

Visited June 2011
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Ashford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“Well worth a visit!”
Reviewed 23 August 2011

What a wonderful garden Harlow Carr has become. So different to when we visited several years ago.

Also, wonderful BETTY'S coffee shop and restaurant. The outside area of the Coffee Shop is on a balcony overlooking the gardens. What could be better?

RHS members have free access.

Visited August 2011
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