Things to do in Harrogate

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Harrogate Attractions

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Places of interest in Harrogate

Harrogate is crammed with must-see places to visit and things to do. We can help you decide where to stay in Harrogate, and make it a breeze to explore Harrogate and the surrounding areas with our guides on where to go, what to see and when to see it. No matter how long your stay, it’s easy to find places of interest in Harrogate to make sure that you enjoy your holiday to the fullest and don’t miss a thing. Leave the local knowledge to us and leave the hassle behind.

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Harrogate attractions

Harrogate has something for everyone, so whether you’re planning to get active on a summer holiday, put a spring in your step with a romantic rendezvous, or pamper yourself with a leisurely winter trip, you’ll find plenty of attractions in Harrogate to keep you entertained. Expedia makes it easy to book your flight, hotel and rental car in advance, making for hassle-free travel and freeing you up to explore the sights of Harrogate.

Looking for things to do in Harrogate can be time-consuming, but we can take the hassle out of planning your holiday. Whether you’re looking to get active in the great outdoors, sample the cuisine of Harrogate or catch up with the vibrant local culture, our guides to Harrogate attractions ensure that you’ll have a successful trip, whatever the season. Happy trails!

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1. Harrogate Convention Centre

Harrogate Convention Centre is a multipurpose complex containing several entertainment venues. With around 2,000 seats, the main auditorium is famous for hosting the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest. Check out the varied program and choose from the many shows across the center’s eight halls.
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You’re spoilt for choice for majestic auditoriums in this eclectic complex, where you can see comedy gigs, musical recitals and plays.

2. Ripley Castle and Gardens

Ripley Castle and Gardens is a 14th-century lakeside estate that includes scenic grounds and a resplendent building. Tours of the mansion and the surrounding gardens trace the history of generations of the affluent Ingilby family. Bring the whole family to learn about the estate’s relation to the Gunpowder Plot and the British monarchy.
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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.

3. Harrogate Theatre

Harrogate Theatre has an eclectic program that includes dance, music, comedy and plays. The theater makes use of its own auditorium as well as the majestic Royal Hall to produce shows for all the family. Enjoy the lively atmosphere at the festivals held in this lively complex.
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Within this rounded redbrick building lie Harrogate’s great range of theatrical delights, from fun children’s shows to upscale operatic performances.

4. Royal Hall

Dating back to the turn of the 20th century, the Royal Hall is one of Harrogate’s most iconic theaters. The auditorium seats over 900 people and puts on a variety of entertainment. Admire the regal ballroom with its gold-leaf balconies, dark wood features and a large multipurpose stage.
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Built to attract and entertain the affluent visitors to Harrogate spa town, this Edwardian theater is known for its decadent décor and diverse lineup.

5. Valley Gardens

Explore the great outdoors at Valley Gardens, a lovely green space in Harrogate. Amble around this romantic area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its lively bars.
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Explore the great outdoors at Valley Gardens, a lovely green space in Harrogate. Amble around this romantic area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its lively bars.

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