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HarrogateUnited Kingdom

A gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, this spa town has modern entertainment venues and restaurants to complement the traditional tea rooms and Edwardian architecture.

With a rich history and well-preserved heritage, Harrogate is an upmarket haven for Yorkshire’s elite. Flower shows and afternoon tea are among the great British traditions upheld in this spa town, which also has a renowned convention center and entertainment venue. Appreciate the serenity in the gardens and spa centers of this leafy town.

Take advantage of warm, sunny summers with a trip to RHS Garden Harlow Carr, where flower shows take place. Relax with hot drinks in the tea rooms and purchase memorabilia in the shop.

Harrogate became known as the English Spa, as word got out about its water containing sulfur, salt and iron. After exploring Harrogate City Centre, rest your weary feet at the Turkish Baths Harrogate, which has a mosaic floor and Moorish fixtures. Immerse yourself in the spa water of these restored late Victorian baths.

In winter, take refuge from icy cold weather and flurries of snow in the vast Harrogate Convention Centre. Watch a play, recital or stand-up comedy act in one of its many auditoriums, of which the Royal Hall is the highlight. Chandeliers and golden balconies adorn the upper reaches of this Edwardian gem.

Check out the comprehensive collection of fine art from the 19th and 20th centuries in the Mercer Art Gallery and learn about the town’s spa history in the Royal Pump Room Museum. Head to the countryside for the Ripley Castle and Gardens to find out about the role of the Ingilby family in the Gunpowder Plot.

Harrogate is in the northern outskirts of Leeds in Yorkshire. Fly to Leeds Bradford International Airport and take the hourly bus to Harrogate. You can also rent a car at the airport and drive north for 12 miles (19 kilometers) to get here. Travel to some of the surrounding destinations, such as the Yorkshire Dales National Park, York and Manchester.

With its spas and gardens, Harrogate is an idyllic relaxation hub and a window into Victorian traditions.

Where to stay in Harrogate

Harrogate City Centre, Harrogate, England, United Kingdom

Harrogate City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(346 area reviews)

Harrogate City Centre is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Turkish Baths and Health Spa and Royal Hall while in the area.

Harrogate City Centre

Top hotels in Harrogate

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Yorkshire Hotel, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
The Yorkshire Hotel, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
4 out of 5
Prospect Place, Harrogate, England
Free cancellation
The price is £44 per night

Located in Harrogate City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harrogate Theatre, Royal Hall and Valley Gardens. Mercer Art Gallery and RHS Garden ...

4.2/5Very Good! (221 reviews)

"Excellent value for money. Really enjoyed sitting on the lawn outside in the sun."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

The Yorkshire Hotel, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
White Hart Hotel, Best Western Premier Collection
White Hart Hotel, Best Western Premier Collection
4 out of 5
Coldbath Road, Harrogate, England
The price is £44 per night

Located in Harrogate City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Valley Gardens and Mercer Art Gallery. Royal Hall and Harrogate Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (656 reviews)

"Great location. Pleasant staff. Pub perfect. Room clean and tidy."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

White Hart Hotel, Best Western Premier Collection
DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa
DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Ripon Road, Harrogate, England
The price is £79 per night

Located in Harrogate City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Hall and Turkish Baths and Health Spa. Harrogate Convention Centre is 0.3 ...

3.7/5Good! (986 reviews)

"We recently booked a 3 night stay and were very impressed with the organisation and precautions taken in light of the Covid-19 situation. We were very disappointed with the room allocation as we had paid for an upgrade, however I mentioned this to the receptionist who immediately transferred us to ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa

Popular places to visit in Harrogate

Harrogate Convention Centre
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Harrogate Convention Centre

4.5/5(25 reviews)

You’re spoilt for choice for majestic auditoriums in this eclectic complex, where you can see comedy gigs, musical recitals and plays.

Turkish Baths and Health Spa
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Turkish Baths and Health Spa

4.5/5(47 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Harrogate during your trip to a well-known site such as Turkish Baths and Health Spa. Make time to visit the area's spas or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Ripley Castle and Gardens
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Ripley Castle and Gardens

4/5(5 reviews)

The Ingilby family lived in this mansion for 700 years, amid tales of treason, executions and ghosts. Tour the lavish estate with a docent for the full story.

Harrogate Theatre
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Harrogate Theatre

Within this rounded redbrick building lie Harrogate’s great range of theatrical delights, from fun children’s shows to upscale operatic performances.

Royal Hall
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Royal Hall

Built to attract and entertain the affluent visitors to Harrogate spa town, this Edwardian theater is known for its decadent décor and diverse lineup. 

Brimham Rocks
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Brimham Rocks

Explore the great outdoors at Brimham Rocks, a lovely green space in Harrogate. Visit the spas and cosy cafes in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Harrogate

York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£16
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
The York Dungeon Tour
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The York Dungeon Tour

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Per adult
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York City Pass - Experience The Top City Centre Attractions
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York City Pass - Experience The Top City Centre Attractions

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York Ghost Bus Tour: A Comedy Horror Show

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Per adult
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Early Evening Cruise on the River Ouse
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Early Evening Cruise on the River Ouse

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Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Harrogate Walking Food Tour
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Harrogate Walking Food Tour

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Reviews of Harrogate

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 64.26799007444168%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 32.50620347394541%
3 - Okay
11
3 - Okay 2.729528535980149%
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2 - Disappointing 0.24813895781637718%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

People coping well with the Coronavirus situation. Everyone helpful and friendly.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

Such a lot of history architecture to view and enjoy.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Feb 2020

The queue at Betty’s Tearooms was very very long. We found a tiny place called a Jenny’s Tea shop which was lovely.

5/5 - Excellent

tinyfeet

12 Feb 2020

Lovely town with lots of dining options. Great for a short break

5/5 - Excellent

Ed

11 Feb 2020

I've visited Harrogate many times and enjoyed every visit immensely. This time, however, the hotel was a letdown, we'll stay elsewhere in future.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Feb 2020

Come every year. Always love it. Ate at Saranda. It was very good. Then went to the Blues bar. Always good. 15 yrs since our first trip there when we met. So stayed at the same hotel again

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