I went to RHS Harlow Carr Gardens in North Yorkshire for an accessible day out.
Today is yet another instalment in my travel series on my recent trip to Yorkshire and today I’m going to delving into my trip to RHS Harlow Carr Gardens.
About Harlow Carr
RHS Harlow Carr is a beautiful green space, featuring 58 acres of landscaped gardens ranging from an Alpine House, Woodland Walk, Kitchen Gardens, Tropical Gardens and more besides.
It’s rich and diverse and has lots of great outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy from a children’s play area, bird spotting hut and places to enjoy some food and drink. At this time of year the gardens are absolutely bursting with colour, abundant in seasonal blooms to enjoy on the trail as you go.
Accessibility at Harlow Carr
- Harlow Carr permits 2 free carers with a paying disabled visitor
- A step free accessible trail around the gardens (marked on a separate map)
- Disabled car parking
- Accessible toilets
- Large print maps available
- Hire of wheelchairs and mobility scooters
- Portable induction loops
- Plenty of places to sit down on the trail
- Sensory parts of the gardens
What I liked about Harlow Carr
As a visually impaired person, Harlow Carr is a great place to visit because it has so many sensory elements in it.
A short walk from the entrance is the scented garden which has so many fragrant blooms in it to smell. There’s also the Kitchen Garden which has herbs and seasonal produce growing, it’s a great place if you have limited sight on account of just how sensory it is.
There are also things to touch like the bamboo in the Tropical Garden and spiralled arches dotted around the trail. If you head to the Streamside Walk nearby the Woodland Walk you can hear the sound of trickling water in the stream and the birds chirping nearby.
It’s such a lovely place to take a stroll and if you have a pet dog you can also take them on their dog friendly evening walk on selected days.
Most of the trail is accessible if you have a mobility aid. They have an accessible map at their entrance which shows you the step free route you can take around the gardens. This covers a wide area of the gardens only excluding areas like the Woodland Walk which is uneven due to the nature of the terrain.
The gardens are dotted with seating areas and shady spots where you can take a break and they also have a Betty’s Tea Hut located near the Old Bath House.
I absolutely loved this place, I think it’s such a beautiful place to visit with so many things to enjoy. There really is something for everyone and it makes for a great day out if you happen to be hear the Harrogate area.