Visit Harrogate - Agatha Christie's favourite spa town

Set in the heart of North Yorkshire, the area around Harrogate is one of the most spectacular areas of England with attractive towns and villages, imposing historic houses, castles, abbeys, beautiful countryside and a host of other natural and man-made attractions.

Harrogate hosted the 2019 UCI World Championships cycling event, supported by Welcome to Yorkshire.

Welcome to Harrogate

Expect exquisite gardens, beautiful parks, handsome tree-lined boulevards and a chance to lose yourself in the vibrant charm and elegance of this North Yorkshire destination.

Harrogate itself is a magnet for visitors, with it’s famous tea room at Betty’s, as well as amazing, high end shops, and parkland to die for in the World famous Stray owned by the monarch, the Duchy of Lancaster.

A spa town, renowned for its quality of water, Harrogate still has so much to offer that it’s high on any itinerary for a visit to Yorkshire.

Staying in Harrogate

When in need of some me time, Agatha Christie chose Harrogate as a place to stay, and it’s easy to see why. The town is so relaxing by day and by night, and there’s many cosy places to curl up and read a murder mystery novel!

Artists’ Cottages

Artists’ Cottages, Harrogate, United Kingdom

Wynnstay House

60 Franklin Road, Harrogate, HG1 5EE, United Kingdom

White Hart Hotel & Apartments

Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NF

The Yorkshire Hotel

Prospect Place, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1LA

Harrogate Serviced Apartments

25a West Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1BJ

The Pine Marten, by Innkeeper’s Collection

The Pine Marten, Otley Road, Beckwith Knowle,, Harrogate, HG3 1UE, United Kingdom

Innkeeper’s Lodge Harrogate – East , Knaresborough

The Kestrel Vintage Inn, Wetherby Road,, Harrogate, HG5 8LY, United Kingdom

Hotel St George

1 Ripon Rd, Harrogate, HG1 2SY, United Kingdom

Rudding Park

Rudding Park, Follifoot, Harrogate, HG3 1JH, United Kingdom

The Old Hall Holiday Park

Skelton Road, Langthorpe, Boroughbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, YO51 9BZ

The Inn at South Stainley

South Stainley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3ND

Royal Parade Apartments

9A Royal Parade, Royal Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2SZ

Things to do in Harrogate

As well as incredible shopping, there’s lots to see and do in Harrogate, which is famous for its cafes and tea rooms, for those of us who like a little comfort while we eat and drink. You’re never left wanting in this pretty spa town.

Also make sure you visit Harrogate shopping optionsfood and drink options, and things to do with the family.

Harrogate FAQ’s

Is Harrogate worth visiting?

With a heritage of thermal spa waters and elegant tea rooms, there’s no shortage of refined things to do in Harrogate. Harrogate is one of the UK’s prettiest and most affluent towns. Although often visited as a day trip from Leeds or York, the town is an excellent base in its own right for a special weekend away.

Why is Harrogate so popular?

Harrogate has long been a place where people head to to unwind and recharge. Famous for its cream teas, Turkish baths, and plentiful spas, it’s not surprising that everyone from Charles Dickens to European royalty have all flocked to Harrogate to enjoy the waters.

Is Harrogate a rich area?

Author. Harrogate has been ranked as the most expensive place for first time buyers in Yorkshire in a survey by Mojo Mortgages. The survey shows homes in Harrogate typically cost £401,747 compared to the national average of £287,830.

Next stops

Near to Harrogate, and for the past few years (until 2023) in the same Borough, are Ripon, Knaresborough.