Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park Review Guide

I’d had the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park on my radar for a while now. It is a bit of a drive from home so when we had our holiday to the Nidderdale area it was on my list of ‘must do’s’. I’m so pleased as went as it’s a lovely place to visit, even in the rain. The park is located a few miles north West of Ripon in North Yorkshire.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park Review Guide

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park Things To Do

The first thing I have to say about the place is that the access road is really narrow. Luckily the attraction was really quiet so we never met another car. I didn’t mind the drive-in but my two back street drivers were rather nervous. You really get the sense that you are out in the middle of nowhere.

The second is that it is hilly but don’t let that put you off. I’m afraid it isn’t really accessible for wheelchairs or buggies so if you can carry your kids then I would recommend that. There is one accessible path down to the ponds but there is little else that you can access. I’m not a massive fan of hills but with all the steps they’ve installed none of the hills were too difficult. Plus with the added advantage of finding sculptures along the way I really didn’t mind going up or down.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park Review Guide

The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park is a real hidden gem of a day out. We visited in the rain and we still had a lovely and memorable family day out. The gardens were donated to a charitable trust, the Hutts Foundation to help secure the future of the park and so that people like you and I can enjoy the collection of rare plants and sculptures.

The gardens extend to around 45 acres and including lunch we spent around 3 hours there exploring and eating. The gardens have been planted with Himalayan style plants and today it has one of the North’s largest collections of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. There are also some beautiful ponds where you can spot many of the park’s sculptures. We didn’t walk all the paths and we didn’t venture into the arboretum as we have a busy schedule of days out this week and we didn’t want to overdo it.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

There are over 80 sculptures to find around the park. You have to really look hard for some of them as many of the smaller sculptures are amongst the planting. Some are so big you definitely can’t miss them. There were no signs anywhere telling you not to touch.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park
Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

My son loved exploring and he was a fantastic sculpture spotter, he spotted far more than we did. The paths are quite confusing at times and we got confused/lost on a few occasions but it didn’t matter as there was usually something else to find. The maps do indicate where you can find all the sculptures but without a paper map to carry around, we didn’t always find what we were looking for.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park
Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

It felt at times that we had the whole place to ourselves, especially in the morning. We enjoyed our visit as much as we enjoy visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This place was better for us as the sculptures were in a smaller area. They were very different in that there weren’t works of art by famous sculptures but that didn’t mean that what was there wasn’t interesting.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park Review Guide

Around the park, there are a number of fairy doors to spot. We did spot a couple of small girls with fairy wings on their backs. They were certainly loving spotting the doors.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

The park also has a small children’s play area located near the cafe.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park Review Guide

The cafe had a good choice of hot and cold food plus drinks. If you are down the bottom of the hill around the time you get thirsty or your tummy rumbles they also have a kiosk selling hot and cold drinks plus snacks and a small selection of sandwiches.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park Review Guide

I thought it was a real shame that at the height of summer this place was as quiet as it was. If you are looking for somewhere a bit different to take the kids this is the place for you.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park FAQ & Further Information

Address: Hutts Lane, Ripon HG4 3DA, North Yorkshire

Category – Great Outdoors – Walk – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

A standard adult ticket costs £10, children age 5-15 are £5. Under 5s are free. Other pricing options including family tickets and annual passes are available.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Sculpture park set in beautiful grounds with thousands of plants and trees, children’s play area and walks. There are toilets and a cafe.

When are they open?

They are open from early April until late October, They are closed on Mondays, except for bank holidays. For up-to-date information please visit their website.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks plus a kiosk.

Is there parking?

There is free parking.

Are they dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Are they accessible?

Sadly the park is not suitable for wheelchair users, mobility scooters or people with limited mobility. We are continually improving our paths however, the topography of the area dictates that the paths are steep in places, with some paths having a number of steps.


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