Spring has Sprung!

29 March 2018

Our Top 5 favourite places to enjoy Spring flowers in and around Harrogate

Spring has sprung (although someone needs to tell the weather!) and we’re always excited by the first Spring flowers all around the district.  From the earliest cheeky snowdrops braving the chill, through the cheerful nodding daffodils to the carpets of woodland bluebells – they all herald the arrival of longer days and warmer weather.

We’ve put together a list of our very favourite places to enjoy Spring flowers around the Harrogate district (so that you don’t have to!).

Harrogate Stray

Right on our doorstop – the swathes of crocus on Harrogate Stray are legendary.  Much photographed, as much for their stunning setting as the flowers itself.  Harrogate’s iconic 200 acre stray, protected by royal covenant, is a wonderful natural resource enjoyed by the town’s residents and visitors alike.

And what’s more, just a week or two after the crocus finish, don’t miss the fabulous cherry blossom which garlands the avenues which criss-cross the Stray.

Choose from Stray View, Crofts at Langham Place, St Mary’s Apartment, No 21, Empress on the Stray, Octagon Court, Windsor Court, Number Nine, the Parisienne and Strayside Penthouse to be within a stone’s throw of Harrogate’s Spring flowers.

Beningbrough Hall

Friends and supporters of Beningbrough Hall between York and Harrogate have worked hard to plant 300,000 new bulbs in 2016 and wow has it been worth it!  This Georgian mansion with beautiful grounds and parkland is a jewel in the National Trust’s Yorkshire crown.  Stay nearby at Broadoak Cottage, the Holiday Cottage or Pengarth Cottage.

Knaresborough Castle

A veritable sea (well actually a moat!) of daffodils encircle this 900 year old castle perched on the top of the river cliff above the Nidd Gorge – just stunning.  Stay nearby at Bank Chambers, Dray and Shire Cottages, Half Moon Cottage, Nidd Apartment, Nidd View, Tenter Turret and the Stables at Spinney Croft.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

This famous world heritage site just outside Ripon attracts visitors from all over the world and Spring is one of the best times to visit when hosts of daffodils give way to carpets of bluebells.  Stay at Gardener’s Cottage, St Wilfrid’s Loft or Duke’s Place the Farmhouse and the Forge to visit this breathtaking attraction.

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens

This 68 acre naturalized streamside garden is just delightful!  For sheer variety it takes some beating!  Watch out for hellebores, violets, iris, fritillaria, primroses and tulips as well as the riotously coloured woodland rhododendrons.  Enjoy a break at Pinewoods, Swallows Cottage, Dove Cottage, Newby Farm Cottage, Wharfe View Cottage or the Old Barn -  all just a short drive away.