Harrogate Travel Guide

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Harrogate Things to Do

  • International Conference Centre

    One of the reasons that Harrogate has so many hotels is because there is one of Englands largest exhibition centres in the town. It features an ornate theatre and large exhibition halls and regular events are conferences, entertainment and of course many varied and interesting exhibitions through the year. The BBC Food Show comes here as an example...

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  • Harrogate and Spa

    Our first view of Harrogate approaching the town from the west was one of towers and domes. These emanate from the churches of St John and St Luke, the Harrogate Conference Centre, the railway station and the green dome of the Hotel Majestic, all of which sprang up in Victorian times.Dr Edmund Deane first publicised the area which became Harrogate...

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  • Valley Gardens, Stray and other parks

    Harrogate has a green belt which encircles the inner city in the west, south and east. There are beautifully laid out gardens, fountains and many details to see. To the west, you will find the Valley Gardens, 17 acres of well-kept paths, grass and flowers. Here, you will also find a tennis court and a playground. Valley Gardens are Grade II listed...

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  • St. Peter's Church

    St. Peter's Church is a small neogothic beauty, located in the city centre of Harrogate. It was built in 1870 and is known for its eight 19th century bells.The fact that the church became the first to received an injunction for noise pollution in the late 19th century (for ringing the bells too loud) says a lot about Harrogate's inhabitants.

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  • Royal Pump Room Museum

    If you have time to see only one thing in Harrogate, pick this. The Royal Pump Room sums up all Harrogate is about. It houses a small museum which describes Harrogate's history, especially the height of the spa fever in the Georgian and Victorian times. At the end you can taste a glass of water from the sulphuric spring. The taste is... let's say:...

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  • A VICTORIAN HEALTH REMEDY

    The Royal Pump room was built on one of the sulphur wells found in Harrogate. This sulphur well is believed to be the strongest sulphur well in Europe. The water from the wells became popular during Victorian times when people would take their holidays to the town to drink and bathe in the water. They believed the water had properties that would...

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  • A VICTORIAN HEALTH REMEDY

    The Royal Pump room was built on one of the sulphur wells found in Harrogate. This sulphur well is believed to be the strongest sulphur well in Europe. The water from the wells became popular during Victorian times when people would take their holidays to the town to drink and bathe in the water. They believed the water had properties that would...

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  • Montpellier Gardens

    After we had breakfast at Betty's, I had a wander around the gardens whilst my parents did a bit of shopping before we returned to the hotel and get ready for the graduation ceremony.I enjoyed having a brief wander around the green space/gardens which are near the historic Montpellier Quarter.

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  • St.Peter's Church

    Foundations for this church were first laid in April 1870 and was designed by a 'Mr.Hirst' from Bristol.It consists of a nave of five bays,70 ft in length by 27 ft in breadth,with north and south aisle,each 15 ft wide.A tower bearing a spire is situated at the west end of the south aisle.The first Rev. of the church was L.F.W.Foote appointed in...

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  • Victoria Gardens

    These gardens which include the Queen Victoria monument and Bandstand were erected in 1887 and are located in the town centre of Harrogate,opposite the railway station and provide visitors to the town a small oasis in which to relax and enjoy seasonal floral displays and the occasional brass band concert.The four storey Victoria Shopping centre...

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  • Montpellier Quarter

    This district of the town centre is were you will find Harrogate's nightlife,also local popular shops and tea rooms,including 'Betty's Tea Rooms' which are regionally renowned.They are owned by 'Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate'-the same company that makes 'Yorkshire Tea'.You will also find the 'Mercer Art Gallery' here,home to the districts art...

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  • Crescent Gardens

    Crescent Gardens is a small open area in Central Harrogate surrounded by some of the town's main tourist attractions including the Royal Pump Room,Royal Baths and Royal Hall,as well as the Town Hall.There are plenty of lawns and flower beds that bloom in the summer,its the perfect place to sit and people watch or have lunch or rest stop.There is a...

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  • Harrogate International Conference...

    This complex hosts conferences, exhibitions and entertainment. The main auditorium holds up to 2,000 seats and there is the Edwardian Royal Hall that holds 1,000 seats. The Queen Suite offers an abundance of space and can be divided up to 10 individual rooms.I attended my graduation ceremony for my diploma at HIC in March 2012. I achieved my...

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  • Valley Gardens

    The English Heritage Grade II Listed Valley Gardens along with woodland known as The Pinewoods cover an area of 17 acres. The gardens contain more mineral springs than anywhere else. The gardens are a delight to walk round, they also contain historic buildings such as the Sun Pavilion and Colonnades. They are open 24 hours a day all year and entry...

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  • Valley Gardens

    The valley gardens have been part of Harrogate for many years are beautifully laid out. well worth a visit for the trees and flowers.

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  • Smelly spa water.

    The royal pump rooms were opened in 1842, are now a museum telling the story of how Harrogate became a spa town.

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  • Harrogate Theatre

    Set in an classic 'Old Town Theatre' atmosphere.Always has a varied & interesting program of plays to watch. Renowned for the Xmas pantomime (not to be missed!)Support your local theatre...

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  • Royal Pump Room Museum

    The Royal Pump Room Museum shows an interesting insight into the heritage of being a 'Spa Town'. Taste the foul 'Sulphur Water' .... if you dare!

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Harrogate Hotels

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Harrogate Restaurants

  • Great cup of tea and cake too

    The best value tea / coffee/ soft drinks and cake in Harrogate and in the pleasant surroundings of a beautiful Victorian church in the centre of Harrogate.Hot drinks are just £1.00 each and the cakes are equally well priced.A gem of a place if you wish to avoid overcharging cafes and the church is well worth a look too.

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  • Famous Yorkshire cafe

    Betty's is a Harrogate institution (and also in nearby towns) and this is a famous tea shop still retaining the elegance of a past age. There is always a queue which highlights the popularity of this cafe and a staff member constantly updates potential customers with the length of time to reach the head of the queue. As you enter there is an...

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  • The Afternoon Tea Institution

    A fabulous treat ... worth every penny. Even if you don't stop for tea then find time to go in the shop ... you are sure to find something to tempt you. The Rascals are great for a takeaway nibble The Old Peculier Fruit Cake is a sumptous christmas treat. It's a rich fruit cake enriched with the local Masham Yorkshire brewery Theakston Old...

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  • A CHARMING PUB

    The Winter Gardens is a delightful Wetherspoons pub/restaurant in Harrogate.It is in a former bath house which was part of the Winter Gardens. During the 1920’s and 30’s people could sit and listen to music from the grand piano amongst beautiful potted plants and flowers. The food was as usual delicious. As it was Tuesday (steak club) I had mixed...

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  • A HARROGATE INSTITUTION

    Betty’s is a Harrogate institution. Although it is expensive the food is delicious and the service very good. The atmosphere is of an old English tearoom with afternoon teas a speciality.January 2014visited Harrogate again today, I couldn't go to Harrogate and not buy one of Betty's delicious "fat rascals". A cross between a fruit scone and a rock...

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  • Perfect Place for a Graduation Breakfast

    As part of a graduation treat, my parents took me to Betty's for breakfast. I was very happy especially that I'm a big Betty's fan and also make it a habit to visit one of their cafe tea rooms on my travels.I had a lovely breakfast. The quality of food was unbeatable and the presentation was to its usual perfection and thoroughly enjoyed our meals...

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  • Not your usual pub

    This is a typical Wetherspoon's pub, but what makes it different is that it's housed in the Winter Gardens building. A place that was originally built next to the Royal Baths as somewhere visitors could stroll or relax in any weather. In the 1920's people relaxed here to music played on a grand piano. In the 1930's they were entertained by the...

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  • Best Wetherspoons so far

    Set in the former Winter garden theatre and still retains a lot of the original architecture with grand stone steps leading from the entrance to the bar area.A modern outdoor area a very large indoor seating area make this the grandest JD Wetherspoons i have visited so far.Staff were very friendly and quick to serve even on this busy bank...

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  • THE BEST PIZZA IN THE U.K.

    Pizza express is always superb, the food is delicious, the service attentive and the atmosphere always pleasant. the puddings are so delicious it is hard to choose just one. American pizza with extra mushrooms. and of course dough balls

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Harrogate Transportation

  • By plane to Harrogate (via...

    Of course, Harrogate has no international airport but it is very close to Leeds/Bradford Airport. Ryanair and Jet2 offer a wide range of European destinations, KLM and British Airways have Leeds/Bradford linked to their international network. Though Manchester Airport has a wider choice of destinations, you'll have to change trains at Leeds.Bus...

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  • Harrogate railway station and buses.

    Harrogate has trains to Leeds and York. Buses go to Leeds , Ripon, Borobridge, Patley bridge and York. The service to York is new for 2008, the first direct bus for years. [X54 ] takes one hour.

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  • Getting to Harrogate by train

    Harrogate is easy to get to by train from either Leeds or York (both main-line stations). You rarely have to wait longer than 30 minutes to an hour between trains (depending on the time of day of course!).

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Harrogate Shopping

  • High class shopping and eating

    This is possibly North Yorkshires most exclusive shopping area and here you will find over 80 shops, pavement cafes, restaurants, bars and the Antiques and Art Centre of the North.The area has cobbled streets , beautiful landscaped gardens and through the year nice floral displays.

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  • Hidden antique gems in Harrogate

    There are about 30 different dealers in this new Antiques Centre so there's a really good cross section of antiques, jewellery and art. There are lots of little trinkets as well as more expensive, large traditional antiques. The cafe does great coffee and homemade scones! You can buy furniture, mirrors, clocks, jewellery, art, watches, vintage...

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  • The Mall

    Shopping centre named after Queen Victoria,situated in Harrogate town centre.has your usual high st stores such as WHSmith,Hmv and some unusual stores like a model shop which is cool if you like those things(like me).Its not as big as some department stores but its on three floors so plenty to look at. Various prices depending on what you buy of...

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Harrogate Favorites

  • St. George

    St. George hotel, the place, which was the heart of celebration and where all the guests had to stay a couple of nights... though I failed to spend the one after the wedding in the hotel... well, I was given a tour of Harrogate nightlife.... was not that bad option :))) If you wonder where this hotel is, just ask any cab driver and he'll take you...

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  • We got ya!

    The dream of every other man..... but too late in this case :)))A Brit guy surrounded by Russian beauties - hey, Rob, maybe you'll change your mind??? ;)))

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  • In full swing

    Ehhh, our table was the best, apart from the newly weds' of course :)))But don't ask me how it all went, this guy, brooms friend, you can't see him in the pic, but he.... oh, well... he showed me how Brits celebrate the wedding... hm, was brought back to my senses only the day after on a train to London....

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