10 Things to Do in Harrogate That You Shouldn't Miss

August 11, 2017 Lean Nau

Harrogate is also known as "The English Spa." For centuries, visitors have flocked to the mineral hot springs. Today, those springs still soothe the body while the placid RHS Harlow Carr Gardens and Yorkshire Dales national park stimulate the soul. Tea rooms, architecture, and art galleries are the main pastimes in this pleasant town.  With four rail stations for easy transport, travelers can board trains running between Harrogate and York, Leeds, Knaresborough, and London.
Restaurants in Harrogate

1. Spirit of Harrogate Ltd

5-7 Montpellier Parade, Harrogate HG1 2TJ, England +44 1423 541279
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5 based on 188 reviews

Spirit of Harrogate Ltd

Sit back, cocktail in hand, whilst we take you through the fascinating history of gin, right back through the original styles of gin, the misery of the London gin craze through to how gin has developed today. Our mixologists will then demonstrate how to make our signature serves and you will even get to have a go at making some of these yourself! Includes five cocktails and canapes.

Reviewed By Wharfedale1985 - Burley in Wharfedale, United Kingdom

Knowing the company well through friends we chose to hold our works Christmas party there...and we did not regret it.Alex entertained us with a great class in making Gin drinks and a good chat. Lucy downstairs is a great Ambassador for the company with her trust sidekick Mr Harrogate AKA Sam Hebditch........

2. Nidderdale Llamas

Wilsill, Pateley Bridge | Kiln Farm, Harrogate HG3 5EE, England +44 1423 711052
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5 based on 403 reviews

Nidderdale Llamas

A unique interactive fun activity, based on a family working farm in Nidderdale. Offering Llama Trekking & Llama/alpaca experiences in beautiful countryside. Fantastic fun with amazing friendly animals, a range of options to choose from all including close contact with llamas, alpacas and some other animals.

Reviewed By Abi P

We have visited twice now, once on the shorter round the farm trek and once on the half day trek. Both times have been wonderful, with friendly staff and longer treks than advertised which meant more time with the lovely llamas! We would definitely recommend and will be looking to book a full day trek this year; can’t wait for the next llama walk!!

3. The Champagne Concept

Regal Chambers 22A Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1PU, England +44 1423 527823
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The Champagne Concept

At The Champagne Concept we offer tasting experiences all day everyday, Our tastings are informal, we take you through a selection of Champagnes at your desired pace, there is no need to book, we always have Champagne open! Our team of Fizz Sommeliers love to share interesting facts about Champagne, feel free to come and quiz us! Find out whether you are a “Blanc de Blancs” or “Blanc de Noirs” fan, perhaps a Rose is your preference, maybe oak aged is your thing or a super dry Champagne. Find the ideal Fizz for you and learn about the fascinating world of Champagne - how it is made, the history of Champagne and what makes it such a seductive tipple! We have carefully created a range of different tasting experiences to showcase the variety of Champagne. Our tastings are designed so you can try a wide range of flavours and find your preferences, they are also a great way to try some rare and special Champagnes as a real treat! Alternatively, you can choose to taste “a la carte”. Create your own tasting from our list of Champagnes for a totally unique experience. Our expert team will introduce each Champagne and answer any fizz related questions. We have carefully sourced over 50 Champagnes direct from the region creating a range of Fizz like no other! We work with boutique producers to bring you a real variety of Champagnes and some really rare and unique bottles. All of our Champagnes are available to purchase to take home or we can arrange to have your Champagne delivered anywhere in the UK.

Reviewed By CupcakeCandyQueen - Halifax, United Kingdom

Five lovely Champagnes to sample (good measures). Would have liked a pink to be in the selection however. The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. Good information given on each sample, however, I would have liked even more information and interaction from the staff. It was a really enjoyable experience but it did feel more like we were just in a Champagne bar drinking rather than being there to learn in good depth about the Champagnes and the Region.

4. Valley Gardens

Cornwall Road | Harrogate, Harrogate HG1 2SZ, England +44 1423 500600
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens is a beautiful Park in Low Harrogate, perfect for a relaxed stroll or for a family day out. It is an English Heritage Grade II Listed Garden covering 17 acres of formal Gardens, leisure activities and woodland. Historical buildings and the semi-covered Colonades sit nestled amongst a wide variety of shrub, flower and herbaceous beds. The adventure play area is immensely popular especially during the summer season when the paddling pool is a refreshing way to cool down. There are a wide range of sporting activities to try during your visit including; tennis, crazy golf, table tennis, disc golf, pitch and putt as well as a skatepark. For music lovers, band Concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.

Reviewed By sheepygold - london

There is not too much to see in the Gardens at the moment apart from some amazing crocus displays just starting. In this vein head to the nearby Stray where the display is even better.

5. Pateley Bridge Nidderdale Museum

Behind King Street | Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, England +44 1423 711225
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5 based on 114 reviews

Pateley Bridge Nidderdale Museum

Reviewed By OakwoodUK - UK

This museum is a little gem - and worth seeking out. Quirky, fun, informative and full of facts and fascination. And the volunteer couple who run the museum are just lovely people. So kind , thoughtful and with a great sense of humour.

6. Brimham Rocks

Summerbridge, Harrogate HG3 4DW, England +44 1423 780688
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Brimham Rocks

An amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations: a great day out for families, climbers and those who love the outdoors.

Reviewed By Andrew C - Kendal, United Kingdom

Lovely rock formations quite near Harrogate. Easy paths around and lovely views. Some rocks you can climb. As its National Trust the pay car park is extortionate as usual. Worth a visit especially with kids.

7. Royal Hall Theatre

Kings Road, Harrogate, England +44 1423 500500
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4.5 based on 312 reviews

Royal Hall Theatre

Reviewed By Peter F - Grantham, United Kingdom

This is a beautiful building, and well worth a visit, even if you are not attending a performance. A lot of money has been spent on the renovation, and it has been achieved to a very fine standard. The Seating in the theatre in the stalls is lightly raised at regular intervals from row 'F' onwards and the view of the stage is first class.
Toilets and the overall accommodation outside the main theatre is very good, and kept to a high standard.

8. Fewston Reservoir

A59, Skipton/Harrogate Road | Washburn Valley, Fewston, Harrogate, England
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Fewston Reservoir

Reviewed By TravelswithLuka - Yorkshire, United Kingdom

We have been visiting Fewston and its neighbor Swinsty Reservoir for many years. This is a great place to come to escape the hustle and bustle of the town. There are 3 designated car parks between the reservoirs one of which has a toilet and often an ice cream van. Parking isn’t usually a problem, but can be busy at weekends and holidays. It is approximately 4 miles around Fewston Reservoir and this can be combined with Swinsty Reservoir, which is approximately 3 miles long. Both reservoirs include areas of woodland, Fewston passes rough pasture and a shortish area of road, before reentering the woods. Seats are available around both reservoirs, whilst Swinsty has a small picnic area and ducks to feed. We like to sit quietly and watch birds and once caught a glimpse of a lizard sunning itself on the wall. Fishing is available at the reservoirs with permits. At weekends a cafe is open just off Swinsty Reservoir. This is a great place to visit for a walk with kids, dogs and adults.

9. RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Harlow Carr Gardens Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB, England +44 845 265 8070
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Reviewed By Megan170581

Beautiful walk with my boys.....beautiful flowers. ...amazing BFG ..my boys absolutely love it.nice place to sit down for a cuppa.lovley shop ( bit pricey ) with flowers etc
Place to recommend to visit as often ( we boutique family annual pass) as possible
My kids like to pop in for a playground or just for a walk.

10. Ripon Cathedral

Liberty Courthouse Minster Road | RIPON, North Yorkshire, Harrogate HG4 1QS, England +44 1765 602072
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Ripon Cathedral

Reviewed By GoonerGav - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

An imposing building.
The interior is beautiful.
An added plus is that there are several visitor advisors wandering around ready to provide information on the Cathedral. They speak with enthusiasm and enhanced our visit.
Unlike some other Cathedrals they do not charge an entrance fee but rely upon donations from the visitors. Give generously.

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