Days Out Harrogate

Parks & Playgrounds

Duncombe Park Helmsley

This is a great place if you like walking with the kids. We only did a small part of it, but there is also a riverside walk. Its free entry for RHS to the gardens, or £5 for the gardens, but plenty to do outside the grounds too. There is a small play area and tea rooms



RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Just off Otley Road.

An excellent place to take energetic toddlers! Annual membership is currently around £36 for an adult (which also gets you into Harewood, Ripley castle gardens, Newby hall and loads more off season.). Kids under 6 are free and members can take in one adult guest each visit. There is a Bettys café at the entrance and kiosk in the gardens for a mid way cuppa and delicious cake! There is a small play area, a log maze, a tree house, and loads more.

There are always seasonal/ school holiday activities so check out our school holidays pages here for the most up to date information

Ripon Spa gardens

Facilities:Sun Parlour Cafe, Childrens Play Area, Maze, Football pitch, 3 Tennis courts, Flat Green Bowling, 18 hole Putting and 9 hole Crazy Golf.

Valley Gardens

The premier play park in Harrogate! The equipment is fantastic here with loads to do for all ages including a zip wire, fortress, plane, paddling pool as well as the usual slides, swings etc. There is also the recently completed skate park for the older kids.

There is a new kiosk selling ice creams and light refreshments in the play area and further down the gardens there is a café which sells Ripley ice-cream as well as a boating pond and bandstand.

The park also offers pitch and put, crazy gold, Frisbee gold and tennis courts.

At the top of the Gardens lie the Pine Woods.

Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour

Signposted off the A59 after Bolton Abbey but before Skipton.

This place has a great (free) outdoor play area and brilliant 1950’s style parlour serving sundaes, breakfasts, burgers and hotdogs, coffees, cakes & all sorts!