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With its handsome historic buildings and verdant gardens, Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most elegant destinations. Set aside a weekend and indulge in an antiques hunt in the morning, lunch at the famous Betty's tearoom and then a visit to the luxurious Turkish baths. With an evening champagne picnic in the floral Valley Gardens, it's the perfect place for a relaxing break in Yorkshire.
RHS Harlow Carr Harrogate is blooming marvellous! Head to RHS Harlow Carr or Harrogate Flower Show to find out more!
Harrogate A shopper's paradise - Harrogate is awash with brilliant independent & boutique shops.
Betty's Tea Room Discover the celebrated Betty's tearoom, established in Harrogate in 1919
Inventor Samson Fox, made Parliament Street the world's first route to be lit by water-gas.
In December 1900, Winston Churchill spoke in the Wintergarden of his experience as a prisoner during the Boer War.
The town's motto means 'citadel famous for its springs'.
Harrogate is renowned for its smart little tearooms and classy cafés spilling out onto the pavements. The celebrated Betty's tea room was established in Harrogate in 1919, with queues still forming for their glorious afternoon teas. Lovers of local delicacies and fresh international produce shouldn't miss the BBC Good Food Show in April or the Great Yorkshire Show which happens every July, featuring food stalls, livestock and agriculture from around the region.
This characterful little town isn't short of interesting attractions. Make some time for pure relaxation at The Turkish Baths and Health Spa, complete with steam rooms, pool and a freezing plunge pool for braver visitors! Or perhaps you'd prefer a day out perusing Harrogate's many fascinating shops in the Montpellier Quarter for antique treasures, high-end fashion, charming arts & crafts shops and bustling markets.
Just a short distance away from the town centre, RHS Garden Harlow Carr is a garden dominated by water, stone and woodlands, with some truly breathtaking plant displays. Spring is a great time to visit, as flowers come into bloom and the Harrogate Flower Show brightens up the town.
The Royal Hall Theatre, a stunning Edwardian concert hall, and the Harrogate International Centre are two world-class venues hosting internationally acclaimed events from classical music and comedy to popular music. Harrogate Theatre also offers a varied programme, including the annual Comedy Festival held every autumn. Each year enthusiasts flock to town for world class festivals including the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, The Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and Harrogate International Festivals.
Housed in Harrogate's premier spa building, the fascinating Royal Pump Room Museum brings Harrogate's spa history to life. Expect a guide to the bizarre spa treatments used by the Victorians, Europe's strongest sulphur well and a tasting session of the town's famous mineral water. Refreshing!
Harrogate's luxurious The Turkish Baths and Health Spa are the perfect place to relax. Enjoy hot saunas, a spa pool and even a rejuvenating, toning plunge pool surrounded by truly breathtaking Victorian architecture, helping you to detoxify and re-energise. If you're feeling inspired then why not walk the Heritage Spa Trail after your treatments, providing you with a fascinating insight into Harrogate's spa history.
Harrogate packs a punch when it comes to delivering truly stunning gardens. The RHS Garden Harlow Carr is one of Yorkshire's most relaxing and innovative gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales! Set in 17 acres, the English Heritage Grade II Listed Valley Gardens are situated in regal low Harrogate. The carefully tended gardens, along with woodland known as the Pinewoods, cover 17 acres. The gardens contain more mineral springs than any other known place in the world. Alternatively, you can jump on the 36 and head to Ripley Castle and enjoy a special guided tour of their gardens with their Gardener.
Finally, Harrogate Flower Show have a Spring and Autumn edition and both are packed full of flowery delights to brighten up your day!
It's been said that Yorkshire has the largest number of excellent restaurants in the UK outside of London, and Harrogate certainly has its fair share; there are over 130 to choose from representing kitchens from every corner of the world and to suit every purse. It is no wonder that big food events like The BBC Good Food Show and Cake and Bake are regular visitors to Harrogate.
We're not just talking traditional Yorkshire fare, but temptingly authentic dishes from around the world too. And don't forget to pop into one of the trendy ale bars and sample the local breweries' produce, all in the name of experiencing Yorkshire, of course!
A particular highlight in Harrogate is van Zeller. This is an award winning restaurant which recently won The Good Food Guide Readers Restaurant of The Year 2013 amongst other awards. The restaurant reflects the personality of chef patron Tom van Zeller - relaxed, serene and professional.
Filmore & Union is a stylish café and deli situated in the picturesque spa town of Harrogate, with a focus on fresh, seasonal and innovative healthy food with an array of gluten-free options that not only taste good but make you feel great too.
Harrogate is also renowned for its gorgeous little tearooms and cafés. The famous Betty's tea room was established in Harrogate in 1919, and queues still form for their glorious afternoon teas.
For those that love to cook, the best ingredients are a must. A cornucopia of specialists can be discovered in Harrogate whether you are looking for fish, fruit, cheese or confectionary. There is a regular Farmer's Market but for year round local produce, Fodder is perhaps one of Harrogate's finest food shops, offering a deli counter laden with fresh pies, pasties and amazing cheese, fruit and veg straight from the farms and lots of lovely jams and chutneys alongside freshly baked local bread and delicious cakes all year round. Certainly not to be missed!
Visit Log Heights at Ripley Castle for an adventure day with a difference. From jumping into the sky to catch a trapeze to problem solving closer to the ground, both your mental and physical strength will be challenged to the max! Suitable for both adults and children, an instructor will join you as you scramble to ensure that you're perfectly safe.
There's so many attractions in the surrounding area of Harrogate to enjoy. Lightwater Valley is an adrenaline rush like no other, Newby Hall is splendid and it's gardens are plentiful, Stockeld Park is fun all year round but particularly around Halloween and Christmas when it becomes a real Winter Wonderland and Studfold is A White Rose Award winning, magical family countryside experience.
Countyside Live brings the countryside inside, with a sausage sizzle competition, dog agility contests, cookery demonstrations and hands-on crafts for the whole family to enjoy. With the whole event held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, you can experience all of this without leaving the building. Fantastic!
Pavilions of Harrogate is one of the most popular events venues in the North of Yorkshire, offering book fairs, workshops, flower shows, antiques fairs and exhibitions throughout the year, as well as Fodder shop and cafe.
Harrogate is a great shopping destination - crammed full with a selection of designer shops and independent boutiques for the fashion conscious, not to mention stylish homeware, jewellery, cosmetics and accessories.
On top of this, there are plenty of galleries with unique artworks to jazz your house up with too. You'll be amazed with what you discover.
Harrogate offers an elegant mix of boutiques and galleries, set within stunning architecture and handsome tree lined avenues. The town centre is home to more than twenty antiques dealers and many exclusive shops, pavement cafés and award-winning restaurants, many based around the Montpellier Quarter.
Montpellier's specialist dealers trade in a variety of antiques, including furniture, porcelain, clocks and paintings. Look out for the Harrogate's antiques fairs in the springtime too - the perfect place to pick up a unique bargain. Alternatively, if it's independent shops you're after then London fashion designer Caroline Charles, Farrah's famous toffee and food emporium and hair and beauty specialists can all be found in the Montpellier quarter.
Porters Menswear was established in 1995. During this time they have supplied the residents and tourists of this fine town with an exclusive selection of the finest brands in men's fashion. In store they are renowned for knowledge of the products they stock and one of their particular passions is denim!
Relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings at Harrogate’s Turkish Baths and Spa. From hot saunas to freezing plunge pools, you’ll leave feeling fantastic.
Gardens and flowers
From the stunning Valley Gardens to the beautifully manicured and sometimes surprising RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate is alive with natural beauty.
Established in 1892, Harrogate Golf Club is well respected throughout the country. The colonial-style clubhouse and mature parkland course makes for a memorable day out.
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