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Covid-19, A Message from Visit Harrogate

Visit Harrogate ask that you plan carefully for your visit to, or in, the Harrogate district or the Nidderdale AONB at this time.   This month we will see some attractions and car parks opening allowing family days out and traditional access to countryside begin to return.

Please stay local, plan ahead and be respectful of the local communities as you return to traveling for leisure.  Bring what you need with you and please take your litter home.  As the weather continues to be dry there is a high risk of wildfires, please do not light any fires.

Social distancing remains critical and many well-known landmarks or places of interest are already receiving high visitor numbers that may make this difficult.


Some of our outdoor attractions are reopening.  Many will be operating ticketed entry, often within managed entry times to allow physical distancing at entrances. 

Before you travel please check how access to your destination will operate, and check that you will be able to enter.  Attractions may not open all their facilities and may be offering limited catering and retail opportunities.  Please check what facilities will be open at your destination and take the appropriate things with you for your day. 


If you are traveling, for a walk or to spend time in the countryside, please be aware that many of our better-known ‘remote’ locations have been experiencing considerably higher interest on this website than is usual.  We have highlighted these pages so you can take this into account when making your plans. 

In our Market towns the shops that are open have limited the numbers of people who can enter at any time and as such are operating at their capacity serving the essential needs of their community.  In addition to this the café’spubs, and restaurants also remain closed

Please plan and prepare for your visit and where possible avoid relying on local facilities, many of which are still closed.

Space and Respect

Much of our district is rural and the very things that make it special also make it vulnerable to the consequences of Coronavirus. Our local shops and businesses have reoriented their efforts to help their communities. 

If you do need to use local businesses please:

  • look for signs about maximum capacity, entry and exit
  • use hand gels where provided
  • follow the instructions of staff when asked

When you meet others on a walk, or out and about please be respectful, if possible step aside to ensure distancing and minimise the risk to yourself and others.


We continue to share the interesting stories and secrets that make Harrogate such a great place to visit as well as what is happening at some of our iconic places of interest through our BlogFacebook and Twitter.

We will also provide further updates on this page when appropriate.

Thank you for helping us to help the communities that make this part of Yorkshire so special. 

The wording of our website 

Much of our site includes phrases encouraging you to come to the area, to visit, to stay and spend time in Harrogate and the surrounding area.  We do want you to – but only when it is safe and responsible to do so.  We do not want to rewrite our site to be unwelcoming, so until that time please use this site plan your next visit, use our planner to think about what you would like to do around Harrogate when that time comes.


In light of the evolving situation with Coronavirus, we are updating events as and when we get the details of changes from individual organisers.  Looking further ahead please check with organisers for any event that was planned up to July to confirm what the current plans are for that event.  Any event planned up to the end of June should be considered to be cancelled.   Any event from July to August should be considered uncertain and you should check with the organisers nearer the event date.

Thank you, Visit Harrogate - 1 June 2020

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