Bebra Gardens is a small, attractive park close to Knaresborough Castle. It is a hidden gem providing a haven from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.
The Gardens are named in honour of the town’s links with Bebra in Germany, but were originally known as Moat Gardens as they are so close to Knaresborough Castle’s moat.
Bebra Gardens is located on a steep slope and there are sloping, meandering pathways leading through mature trees and conifers. The paths lead through the park to the paddling pool at the lowest point and onto Waterside below. Bebra Gardens is on Brewerton Street, Knaresborough HG5 8AZ. There is a small amount of blue disk parking immediately outside the park and there is a small Pay and Display car park alongside the Castle Grounds. All-day parking at Waterside Car Park, HG5 8DF. Waterside car park is nearest to Bebra Gardens and the gardens are sign posted from there.
Bebra Gardens is open all year round, 24 hours a day. The paddling pool is open from Spring Bank Holiday (at the end of May) to the first week in September.
Access is fair from the main entrance on Brewerton Street. The Gardens were built on quite a steep slope that may cause difficulties for wheelchair users or the elderly. There are disabled toilets in the Castle Yard.
The Friends of Bebra Gardens have been working alongside Harrogate Borough Council’s Parks Team to improve the gardens. Most noticably they have replanted large areas with colourful shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
Many of the viewpoints have been opened up and look carefully you may discover a sleeping dragon in the gardens. Most recently the area close to the paddling pool has been landscaped. A new path has been added and the area is looking more attractive.
A group of volunteers meet every Monday (except bank holidays) throughout the year, at 9am at the main entrance on Brewerton Street.
If you are interested in getting involved, please visit The Friends of Bebra Gardens.