I have been wanting to visit RHS Garden Harlow Carr, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, for so long now. We finally visited during the easing of lockdown so not everything was open. But I believe all play areas are now fully open, as is Betty’s Tea-rooms. The site itself is large so it was mostly very easy to socially distance from people, despite it being busy.
The grounds are stunning and well cared for. I can recommend visiting in Spring or Summer when most of the flowers will be in bloom. My favourite part was the stream running through the middle. It’s so pretty with its bridges and pretty flowers.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate | Visiting with Kids
There are a few different areas to RHS Garden Harlow Carr such as a woodland which was lovely and cool and also the quietest part of the place.
The kitchen garden is full of wonderful smelling herbs and here kids can spot different fruit and vegetables that are being grown. The alpine house is full of fabulous rockery plants. They put my old rockery to shame.
The Queen Mother’s lake had ducks on it so take some duck safe food if you can. The most picturesque part is streamside. There’s a beck running through it with ornate bridges and a wonderful array of flowers. A little up from here we found a Romanesque folly which we had to have a photo next to. There are a few main paths within the gardens and then lots of smaller paths which you can take and explore.
They have three main play areas for kids. The play areas are as natural as possible and are mostly made of wood. Just before you reach the woodland you will find a few different pieces of play equipment dotted around. Make sure you pick up a map as this is needed to find the play areas.
Once in this area if you head a bit further up into the trees you will come across Craggle top tree house. This has a mini assault course around it and then in the middle there is a large fun wooden treehouse.
The third play area is the Logness monster. This again has a mini assault course but the highlight is a big ‘monsters’ mouth that kids can climb in and then slide out of.
Currently, you do have to prebook online in advance. They are limiting numbers and you must book a time slot. The toilets are every man for themselves which was a shame as I’d like to see a one household in/one household out system. There was some hand sanitiser around the site but not as much as some places. They have extra staff just to make sure you are queueing apart from each other.
They do have a world famous Betty’s tearoom here which is open again for afternoon tea plus other hot and cold food and drinks. You can also purchase take-away cold food and hot and cold food drinks from a Betty’s kiosk further round. If you can prebook do as it may get busy.
Important Information about RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Address: Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB
Car parking at Harlow Carr – Parking is free. It is also walking distance from some parts of Harrogate
RHS Garden Harlow Carr Park Prices – Entrance is free to members of the RHS. Otherwise, it’s £12.15 for an adult without gift aid and £6.10 for a child aged 5-16.
Facilities at Harlow Carr: As well as beautiful gardens there are play areas, Betty’s tea-room, take-away and a garden centre.
Opening Times: RHS Harlow Carr is open from 9:30 am until 5 pm. You can only visit with a prebooked time slot.
Accessibility – Most of the paths are accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs. For more information please click here.
Is RHS Garden Harlow Carr Dog Friendly?: No, only accessible dogs are allowed.
Are there places to picnic at RHS Garden Harlow Carr: There are a few picnic benches and other benches dotted around but they are often busy.
Category: Attraction great outdoors, suitable for all ages.