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Things To Do Around Harrogate

You’ll struggle to find time for all the things to do in Harrogate, so read have read and find what attractions and activities are too good for you to miss.

The iconic 19th century Pump Room, originally built to welcome Victorian visitors, is now home to a fascinating museum of the town’s fashionable Spa history, together with the nearby the Mercer Gallery which has an important collection of artwork spanning the centuries right up to present day offer fascinating insights into the town’s history.

Both venues offer regular exhibitions to local and guest art works and artefacts.

The stunning Victorian Royal Baths, a grade II listed building is home to the internationally famous Turkish Baths and Spa with its extraordinary Moorish interiors and offering a program of treatments and therapies that will give a new understanding of relaxation. 

You can enjoy a slower pace of exploration as you browse the delightful cobbled Montpellier Quarter housing art galleries, antique and vintage shops, jewellers, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars – such is a range of things to do in Harrogate.

Harrogate theatres offer comedy, drama and music across the venues, from the magnificent Royal Hall to the more relaxed and intimate Studio Theatre, and hosting big name touring shows and the best of local talent including their own acclaimed productions.

Harrogate’s parks and gardens are an intrinsic part of its charm, and the Valley gardens will offer a happy hour of exploration for anyone with an interest in horticulture and many hours more entertainment for young active minds with limitless energy.

The Stray offers a contrast with 200 acres of open grassland, and giving the town its open feeling of spaces and freedom.

A short journey from the town in all directions quickly reaches beautiful countryside; just on the outskirts of the town and easily within walking distance of the centre, RHS Garden Harlow Carr is very special – offering stunning plant and flower displays in a naturalized setting with frequent visitor events and activities. 

Just a few miles out of Harrogate the village of Ripley is a must visit, with its gentle walks, famous ice cream and its 14th century castle offering regular tours and beautiful gardens.

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  1. RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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    RHS Garden Harlow Carr




    One of Yorkshire’s most relaxing and innovative gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, RHS Harlow Carr is a showcase of horticultural excellence all year round!

    Wonder through the tranquil surroundings of this stunning 58 acre garden and gain ideas for your own borders, or simply relax...

  2. Harrogate Theatre

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    Harrogate Theatre




    Harrogate Theatre is a nationally respected and critically acclaimed theatre hosting a vibrant programme of drama, dance, music and comedy in their main house, studio theatre, Royal Hall and Harrogate International Centre. It both produces and co-produces work in association with some of the best...

  3. The Spirit of Harrogate Experience

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    The Spirit of Harrogate Experience


    Tasting Experience


    Spirit of Harrogate offers three unique ways to discover gin in a private setting.  Each of our tasting packages focus on a different aspect and you can pick from: The Spirit of Gin, The Cocktail Master and Just the Tonic.

    Within each experience you will enjoy activities such as: Gin Tasting,...

  4. The Valley Gardens of Harrogate

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    Valley Gardens, Harrogate




    The Valley Gardens Harrogate are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in regal Low Harrogate, which along with woodland, are known as The Pinewoods cover 17 acres.

    The Valley Gardens Harrogate contain a greater number of mineral springs than any other known place - visit the area...

  5. Rudding Park Spa

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    Rudding Park Spa


    Hotel Spa


    Rudding Park Spa is one of the finest in the country and recaptures Harrogate’s spa heritage using natural waters from the grounds at Rudding Park. Wellness of mind, body and soul are at the heart of The Spa - a peaceful, serene space to focus on you.

    The Roof Top Spa and Garden offers an...

  6. Mercer Art Gallery

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    Mercer Art Gallery




    The Mercer Art Gallery has two spaces, the Main Gallery and the smaller North Gallery and entry is free to all visitors.

    The changing exhibition programme for both galleries ranges from national touring exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture and crafts to exhibitions from the...

  7. Stockeld Park

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    Stockeld Park


    Adventure Park / Playground


    Stockeld Park – where magic is made and adventures begin... perfectly located between Harrogate and Leeds and just off the A1. Join us in our beautiful Yorkshire Parkland and have an adventure for all the family whatever the season. In Spring and Summer enjoy outdoor and indoor fun whether rain or...

  8. Harrogate Ringway

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    Harrogate Ringway


    Town Walk


    This popular 20 mile walk circles the spa town of harrogate, taking in points of interest along the way.

    Route maps are available from Harrogate Tourist Information Centre

  9. The Stray, Harrogate

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    The Stray, Harrogate




    One of Harrogate’s best known landmarks, the Stray, is 200 acres of grass parkland that encompasses the town centre on the southern half, as well and giving the town a uniquely green and specious feel, it provides a public space for games, walks and relaxation. 

    With so many great food and...

  10. The Hydro Pool and Gym, Harrogate

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    The Hydro Pool and Gym, Harrogate


    Leisure / Swimming Pool


    Situated on the north side of Harrogate, the Hydro Swimming Pool is ranked as Harrogate's premier aquatics venue.

    The Hydro was officially opened on 30th April 1999 as a replacement for the aging Coppice Valley pool.

    The Hydro offers:

    * 3 Swimming...

  11. Old Magnesia Well Pump Room

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    Old Magnesia Well Pump Room




    The Old Magnesia Well Pump Room is situated in the Town's famous Valley Gardens. Dating from 1858 for the dispensing of mineral waters rich in sulphur, iron and other elements deemed of value,  it was used for the treatment of gout, rheumatism, digestive disorders and anaemia, this Gothic-style...

  12. Turkish Baths & Health Spa

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    Turkish Baths & Health Spa




    The unique Royal Turkish Baths Harrogate building first opened in 1896.

    The original Turkish Baths Harrogate was only one of a vast number of facilities available, including medicinal waters’ dispensary, hydrotherapy departments, mud baths and steam rooms.

    There was a full complement of...

  13. Harrogate Tourist Information Centre

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    Harrogate Tourist Information Centre


    Whilst visiting Harrogate make your first stop the Harrogate Tourist Information Centre, located in the magnificent Royal Baths at the historic heart of town.

    Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you make the most of your visit.

    Looking for a place to stay?


  14. Royal Pump Room Museum

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    Royal Pump Room Museum




    Visit the strongest sulphur wells in Europe, where over 15,000 people used to come every summer.

    Discover Harrogate's connection to Russian royalty and what politicians and famous writers of the 19th and 20th century thought of their visits.

    Charles Dickens described Harrogate as the queerest...

  15. St Wilfrid's Church

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    St Wilfrid's Church


    Church / Chapel


    A magnificent Grade 1 listed church situated a short walk from the conference centre and the centre of town. 

    Designed by renowned architect Temple Moore and his son-in-law Leslie Moore, the church, cloisters, hall and cottage are the only Grade 1 listed buildings in the town of Harrogate.    ...

  16. Live for Today

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    Live for Today


    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre


    Here at Live For Today Adventures we follow the philosophy that life is for living and boy do we LIVE it!

    We offer an extensive range of exhilarating site based and offsite adventurous activities across Yorkshire. Whether it's a fun packed family day out, or a corporate team building day you're...

  17. Rudding Park Golf

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    Rudding Park Golf Club


    Golf Course


    Rudding Park Golf offers the most comprehensive golf facility in the north of England, providing a range of golfing experiences for members, visitors, societies and corporate groups.

    Choose from the 18 hole par 72 Hawtree Course, 6 hole par 3 Repton Short Course or improve your handicap with...

  18. Spofforth Castle

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    Spofforth Castle


    Castle / Fort


    Remains of the hall and solar wing of a castle once in the possession of the Percy family, one of the most important and influential families in northern England. It has some fascinating features including an undercroft built into the rock.

  19. Crimple Valley Viaduct

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    Crimple Valley Viaduct




    The Crimple Valley Viaduct carries the Harrogate to Leeds railway line across Crimple Beck, and its Valley.  The structure which is Grade II listed has 31 arches each spanning over 15.5 meters making for a total length of over half a kilometre.  

    The Viaduct was completed in 1848 by the York and...

  20. Games in the Park - Valley Gardens

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    Games in the Park - Valley Gardens


    Family Fun


    Games in the Park for Valley Gardens offers a great opportunity to get outdoors and get active. As well as 4 Tennis Courts, Valley Gardens offers an 18 hole crazy golf course & 18 holes of Pitch and Put. If you fancy trying something a bit more unique there is 9 hole disc golf... Disc golf...

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