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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. The Valley Gardens of Harrogate

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    Valley Gardens, Harrogate

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    Garden

    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...

  2. The Spirit of Harrogate Experience

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    The Spirit of Harrogate Experience

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    Tasting Experience

    Harrogate

    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,...

  3. Harrogate Theatre

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    Harrogate Theatre

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    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...

  4. RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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    RHS Garden Harlow Carr

    Type

    Garden

    Harrogate

    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...

  5. Stockeld Park

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    Stockeld Park

    Type

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Harrogate

    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...

  6. Rudding Park Spa

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    Rudding Park Spa

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    Hotel Spa

    Harrogate

    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...

  7. The Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail

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    The Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Harrogate

    The Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail is certainly a unique way to explore the historical streets of Harrogate and is suitable for anyone aged 6 to 106.

    This 2 mile Mystery themed Treasure Trail is a little like cluedo on foot and you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to solve the case...

  8. The Stray, Harrogate

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    The Stray, Harrogate

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    Landmark

    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...

  9. Old Magnesia Well Pump Room

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    Old Magnesia Well Pump Room

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    Landmark

    Harrogate

    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...

  10. Royal Pump Room Museum

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    Royal Pump Room Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Harrogate

    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...

  11. Harrogate Tourist Information Centre

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    Harrogate Tourist Information Centre

    Harrogate

    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?

    ...

  12. The Hydro Pool and Gym, Harrogate

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    The Hydro Pool and Gym, Harrogate

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Harrogate

    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...

  13. Turkish Baths & Health Spa

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    Turkish Baths & Health Spa

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    Spa

    Harrogate

    The unique Royal Turkish Baths Harrogate building first opened in 1897.

    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...

  14. Harrogate Ringway

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    Harrogate Ringway

    Type

    Town Walk

    Harrogate

    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

  15. Live for Today

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    Live for Today

    Type

    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    Harrogate

    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...

  16. Pannal Golf Club

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    Pannal Golf Club

    Type

    Golf Course

    Harrogate

    Pannal is the only course in Harrogate and North Yorkshire recognised by the R&A as an Open Qualifier venue: in July 2015 we co-hosted the Men’s English Amateur Championship. We can promise you that Pannal will provide a most enjoyable and challenging test for any keen golfer: it is set up to be...

  17. Crimple Valley Viaduct

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    Crimple Valley Viaduct

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    Landmark

    Harrogate

    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...

  18. Oakdale Golf Club

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    Oakdale Golf Club

    Type

    Golf

    Harrogate

    Oakdale Golf Club enjoys an enviable position right in the heart of Harrogate, set amidst tranquil and picturesque surroundings. It’s the only 18-hole golf course lying within the town boundaries yet is famed for its rural atmosphere and peaceful position, free from traffic noise.

    We have...

  19. Spofforth Castle

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    Spofforth Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Harrogate

    Spofforth Castle was once a grand and important house, scene of lavish banquets and powerful seat of power over of the surrounding feudal lands, and has stood in some form since at least the time of the Norman Conquest.

    Still recognisable for what it was the castle and surrounding park are...

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