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Harrogate
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Harrogate

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa
DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Ripon Road, Harrogate, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $96 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

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! (991 reviews)

"This is a truly Grand property, with very friendly staff and great service"…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa
Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate, Ascend Hotel Collection
Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate, Ascend Hotel Collection
3.5 out of 5
Park Parade, off Knaresborough Road, Harrogate, England
The price is $79 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in the heart of Harrogate, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harrogate District Hospital, Harrogate Convention Centre, and Turkish Baths and Health ...

4.1/5Very Good! (556 reviews)
Our weekend away

"Though a little run down and basic this hotel has a nice atmosphere and welcoming reception staff. Bar staff were professional and friendly. Grounds kept well and the hotel setting stunning. Cannot comment on food as we did not use that service."…"

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate, Ascend Hotel Collection
Cairn Hotel
Cairn Hotel
3 out of 5
Ripon Road, Harrogate, England
The price is $96 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in the heart of Harrogate, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Hall and Turkish Baths and Health Spa. Harrogate Convention Centre ...

3.9/5Very Good! (627 reviews)
Birthday

"Hotel was nice needs a bit of referb do not destroy the classic look of the hotel just a bit of painting. staff were nice and polite. The thing that impressed.me more than anything was they opened the restraunt just for me and my wife with full memu food was excellent.best breakfast i have ever had ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Cairn Hotel
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Vacation Rentals in Harrogate

Harrogate Lifestyle Luxury Serviced Apartments - The perfect hotel alternative in Harrogate town centre
Harrogate Lifestyle Luxury Serviced Apartments - The perfect hotel alternative in Harrogate town centre
4 out of 5
18 Spa Building Kings Road, Harrogate, England
The price is $121 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Harrogate City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Turkish Baths and Health Spa, Harrogate Convention Centre, and Valley ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)

"Great location. Comfortable large rooms. Easy check in/out. Would recommend"…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Harrogate Lifestyle Luxury Serviced Apartments - The perfect hotel alternative in Harrogate town centre
Hopes & Beams
Hopes & Beams
3.5 out of 5
Itsajob, Braisty Woods, Summerbridge, Harrogate, England

Situated in Harrogate, this cabin is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Brimham Rocks and within 6 mi (10 km) of Nidderdale Museum and Nidderdale. Yorkshire Dales National ...

Hopes & Beams
Artists' Cottages
Artists' Cottages
4 out of 5
Elmwood Street, Harrogate, England

Located in the heart of Harrogate, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Harrogate Convention Centre and Harrogate Theatre. RHS Garden Harlow Carr ...

5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Highly recommend

"Great property in lovely condition."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2019

Artists' Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Harrogate

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Feb 23, 2020

I love Harrogate! This is a great, safe, friendly town.

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Jul 22, 2019

Wonderful historic and charming town.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 16, 2019

Quaint village that had everything with in walking Heathy

5/5 - Excellent

Tammy

May 26, 2019

Just a lovely place to visit. Nice city gardens and good shops. Also very safe.

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 24, 2019

Must go to Betty's! I don't queue for ANYTHING.....except Betty's!

5/5 - Excellent

Robert

Mar 14, 2019

A lovely and picturesque town with very nice people. Also, a surprisingly good bar and nightclub scene.

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