Bebra Gardens is a small, attractive park close to Knaresborough Castle. Find out more about the castle on our Knaresborough Castle and museum page.
Bebra Gardens is a hidden gem, which provides a haven from the hustle and bustle of the town centre. It is named in honour of the town's links with Bebra, Germany.
The gardens are on a steep slope and there are sloping, meandering pathways leading through mature trees and conifers. The paths lead to the paddling pool at the lowest point and onto Waterside below.
Bebra Gardens are off Brewerton Street, Knaresborough, HG5 8AZ. There is a small amount of on-street disc zone parking immediately outside the park and there is a small pay and display car park alongside the castle grounds. Find out more on our disc zone parking page.
All-day parking is available at Waterside car park, HG5 8DF. The gardens are signposted from there up steep steps.
The gardens are open all year round.
The paddling pool is open from spring bank holiday to the first week in September. It is in a beautifully landscaped garden attached to the Castle Gardens. The pool looks over the valley towards the River Nidd and is a perfect place to enjoy both the gardens and the pool.
The pool is emptied, cleaned and refilled at least twice a week, usually on a Monday and a Friday. This can take up to six hours, so be aware of this if you are planning a visit.
As part of a strict maintenance regime, the pool is visited by staff who:
- visit twice a day - morning and afternoon - seven days a week
- test for chlorine levels, adding chlorine granules if necessary
- check for broken glass in and around the pool
- collect litter from the site and empty the litter bins
- take water samples twice a season - these are tested for E Coli and other bacteria to make sure the water quality is safe
Access to the gardens is fair from the main entrance in 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.