Welcome to Harrogate - Yorkshire's Spa Town

Harrogate, sitting in beautiful North Yorkshire, is a very special place with lots of pretty sights to see! Known for its stunning historic buildings, lush gardens, and natural springs, Harrogate is a gem that offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern sophistication. But Harrogate isn’t just quiet and peaceful – it can be exciting too! In 2019, it was a bustling spot when the UCI World Championships cycling race came through, all with a helping hand from Welcome to Yorkshire. So, whether it’s exploring fun history, enjoying the outdoors, or joining in on exciting events, Harrogate has something fun for everyone!

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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!

Picture of Sandholme

Sandholme

Harrogate, HG3 5ST, United Kingdom

Wallerthwaite Barn Cottage, Harrogate

Harrogate, HG3 3NL, United Kingdom

The Hayloft

Harrogate, HG3 1AA, United Kingdom

The Granary

Harrogate, HG3 1AA, United Kingdom

Wising Gill House

Harrogate, HG3 5ST, United Kingdom

The Cottage at Nidderdale

Harrogate, HG3 2QL, United Kingdom

The above list is just an example of some of the accommodation in Harrogate. Have a look at our dedicated pages: Self Catering & Cottage Options and Hotels in Harrogate to view the full information by type.


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. For a summary of the top things to do, click here. If you’re into to fitness, why not take part in Harrogate Parkrun.

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


Sport in Harrogate

There are several professional and amateur sports teams based in Harrogate, whether you’d like to spectate or participate.

  • Harrogate Town A.F.C. – A professional football club that plays in the English Football League Two. See Harrogate Town news here.
  • Harrogate Rugby Union Football Club – A rugby union club competing in the National League 2 North.
  • Harrogate Railway Athletic F.C. – A football club playing in the Northern Counties East League.
  • Harrogate Pythons Rugby Union Club – A rugby union club competing in regional leagues.
  • Harrogate Cricket Club – A cricket club competing in local leagues and cup competitions.
  • Harrogate Hockey Club – A field hockey club with teams for both men and women.
  • Harrogate Phoenix Netball Club – A netball club with multiple teams across different age groups and skill levels.
  • Harrogate Harriers & Athletic Club – An athletics club offering training and competition opportunities in track and field, road running, and cross country.

Events in Harrogate

A selection of events scheduled to take place in Harrogate over the coming weeks and months:

Julian Clary. Fistful of Clary at Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF

Date & Time:

May 2nd, 2025 7:30pm

Chris de Burgh at Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate

Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA

Date & Time:

February 22nd, 2025 6:30pm

Jack Dee: Small World at Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF

Date & Time:

October 10th, 2025 8:00pm

Jenny Eclair – Jokes, Jokes, Jokes at Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF

Date & Time:

May 11th, 2025 7:30pm

Lucy Beaumont – The Trouble and Strife at The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2RD

Date & Time:

October 24th, 2024 7:30pm

Omid Djalili: Namaste at Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF

Date & Time:

April 24th, 2025 8:00pm

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.

What is the best way to get around Harrogate?

Harrogate is a compact town that is easy to explore on foot. There are also local buses and taxis available, as well as bike rentals for those who want to cycle around the town and surrounding countryside.


Harrogate on the map


Harrogate Fact Pack

  1. Harrogate is a spa town located in North Yorkshire, England.
  2. The town has a population of around 75,000 people.
  3. Harrogate is known for its historic architecture, wide boulevards, and lush gardens.
  4. The town is home to several famous landmarks, including the Royal Pump Room Museum, the Turkish Baths, and the Harrogate Convention Centre.
  5. Harrogate was once a popular spa resort, famous for its mineral springs and healing waters.
  6. The town is home to several art galleries and museums, including the Mercer Art Gallery, the Royal Hall Theatre, and the Harrogate History Museum.
  7. Harrogate has a vibrant cultural scene, with several annual festivals and events, including the Harrogate Festival of Music and Arts, the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, and the Great Yorkshire Show.
  8. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the Yorkshire Dales and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  9. Harrogate is a popular destination for foodies, with several award-winning restaurants and local food producers.
  10. The town has a thriving shopping scene, with a mix of independent boutiques and high-street chains.
  11. Harrogate is a great base for exploring the rest of Yorkshire, with excellent transport links to nearby towns and cities.
  12. The town is home to several top-rated golf courses, including the Harrogate Golf Club and the Rudding Park Golf Course.
  13. Harrogate has a rich sporting heritage, with a history of hosting major events such as the Welcome to Yorkshire inspired Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart and the UCI Road World Championships in 2019.
  14. The town is home to several prestigious schools and colleges, including the Harrogate Grammar School and the Harrogate Ladies’ College.
  15. Harrogate has a strong literaDoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spary tradition, with several famous authors having lived in or written about the town, including Agatha Christie and W.H. Auden.
  16. The town is home to several beautiful parks and gardens, including the Valley Gardens, RHS Harlow Carr, and the Stray.
  17. Harrogate is a popular location for TV and film productions, with several productions having been filmed in the town, including the TV series “Happy Valley” and the film “The History Boys.”
  18. The town has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Bronze Age.
  19. Harrogate is home to several famous hotels, including the Majestic Hotel, which hosted several high-profile guests, including Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  20. The town is famous for its tea rooms, with several of the most famous being Bettys Café Tea Rooms, which has been serving afternoon tea since 1919.
  21. Harrogate is a great destination for outdoor activities, with several local companies offering activities such as rock climbing, caving, and mountain biking.
  22. The town has a strong connection to the arts and music, with several notable musicians, including Elton John, having performed at the Harrogate International Centre.
  23. Harrogate is a popular location for weddings and events, with several stunning venues such as the Harrogate Weddings and Events Centre and the Ripley Castle Estate.
  24. The town has a range of accommodation options, including luxury hotels, bed and breakfasts, and self-catering cottages.
  25. Harrogate is a beautiful and historic town, with a unique character and charm that make it a must-visit destination in North Yorkshire.

Where Next After Harrogate

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

Just a short drive away is the historic city of York, with its stunning Gothic architecture and rich history dating back to Roman times. Visitors can explore the iconic York Minster, stroll along the medieval city walls, and wander through the quaint streets of the Shambles.

Another nearby destination worth visiting is the picturesque town of Knaresborough, located just a few miles from Harrogate. This charming town is home to the stunning Knaresborough Castle, which dates back to the 12th century, as well as the famous Mother Shipton’s Cave, a natural limestone cave that is said to be the birthplace of England’s most famous prophetess.

For those looking to explore the great outdoors, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is just a short drive from Harrogate. This stunning area is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK, with rolling hills, rugged moorland, and picturesque villages dotted throughout the landscape. Visitors can hike, cycle, or simply take a leisurely drive through the park to take in the stunning views.

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