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Things To Do Around Harrogate Town

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 Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park - Skating Fun

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    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…

  2. Regular travelling productions at Harrogate Theatre

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    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…

  3. Knaresborough Castle & Museum

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    Castle / Fort

    Knaresborough

    A stronghold of medieval kings, Knaresborough Castle is beautifully set overlooking the River Nidd.

    Explore Knaresborough Castle independently or join a tour to discover the history of the King’s Chamber, visit the dungeon and scurry through the secret underground exit (sallyport).

    Get a…

  4. Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

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    Cave

    Knaresborough

    Along the banks of the River Nidd, Mother Shiptons Cave is the birthplace of Yorkshire’s famous prophetess.  It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. This popular visitor attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the magical water which turns objects…

  5. Valley Gardens, Harrogate

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    Garden

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    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…

  6. 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,…

  7. Rudding Park Spa

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    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…

  8. Games in the Park - Knaresborough Castle Yard

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    Putting/Pitch'n'Put

    Knaresborough

    The Castle Yard at Knaresborough offers a bowling green and 18 holes of putting, all in the beautiful surroundings of Knaresborough Castle with dramatic views out across the River Nidd.

  9. RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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    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…

  10. 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 spacious feel, it provides a public space for games, walks and relaxation. 

    With so many great food and…

  11. Harrogate Ringway

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    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

  12. Nidd Gorge

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    Natural Feature

    Knaresborough

    Nestling between Harrogate and Knaresborough, the woodland, which dates back to at least 1600, is actually made up of five woods, Coalpits Wood, Bilton Banks, Spring Wood, Scotton Banks and Gates Wood.

    A local conservation site, the valley woodlands and the surrounding agricultural land are a…

  13. Harrogate Tourist Information Centre

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    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.

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  14. Games in the Parks - Conyngham Hall

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    Crazy Golf

    Knaresborough

    Conyngham Hall Park is a beautiful green space on the edge of Knaresborough, perfect for family games and picnics.

    The grounds of Conyngham Hall are open for walking and ball games by the banks of the River Nidd, and up by the hall there are hireable games for families and groups.   

    The…

  15. The Hydro Pool and Gym, Harrogate

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Harrogate

    Situated on the north side of Harrogate, the Hydro is easily accessible from the town centre. Only 15 minute walk a short bus journey or by car getting to the Hydro needn’t be a problem.

    We have a number of payment options from a pay as you go sessions through to our membership packages. Take…

  16. Knaresborough Market

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    Market

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    Every Wednesday is Market Day in Knaresborough, in fact there’s been a Market every  week  in the Square since 1310.

    Here you’ll  find the true taste of Yorkshire with a vast selection of locally grown fresh seasonal produce , Yorkshire meat , fresh fish from the coast , an array of local  Cheeses…

  17. Royal Pump Room Museum

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    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…

  18. The Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail

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    Walking Tour

    Harrogate

    For young detectives and budding spies to adults who never grew up. The Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail is a captivating challenge that combines mind-twisting clues and fascinating stories for anyone with a sense of adventure.

    What is a Treasure Trail?

    Turn a regular day out in Harrogate…

  19. The Frazer Theatre

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    Knaresborough

    Welcome to The Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough - home of The Knaresborough Players.
    The Frazer Theatre is located just off the High Street behind Zolsha restaurant and Tesco. It is owned by The Knaresborough Players, an amateur dramatics society formed in 1962. The Knaresborough Players are a…

  20. Turkish Baths Harrogate

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    Harrogate Turkish Baths is the flagship spa experience for Harrogate, offering contemporary treatments in original Victorian surroundings.  

    The original Turkish Baths Harrogate was only one of a vast number of facilities available, including medicinal waters’ dispensary, hydrotherapy…

  21. 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…

  22. Knaresborough Tourist Information Centre

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    Knaresborough is a quintessential market town with an olde-worlde feel and home to England's oldest attraction, Mother Shipton's Cave.

    The Knaresborough Tourist Information Centre is just off the Market Place, close to the 12th century castle ruins

    The Tourist Information Centre in…

  23. Nidderdale Greenway

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    Cycle Route

    Harrogate

    The former railway line is also known as the Nidderdale Greenway.

    As well as developing the traffic-free path, this route development included bringing back into use the Grade 2 listed, seven-arch Nidd Gorge Viaduct and providing new safe crossings of the A61 near Ripley.

    The Greenway also links…

  24. Laser Adventure, at Stockeld Park

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    Join friends and family to shoot your way to victory at Stockeld Park’s superb outdoor Laser Adventure!

    Set in beautiful woodland, the Laser Adventure is a new outdoor laser tag gaming experience, ideal for parties and groups, both children and grown-ups. Located in the heart of Yorkshire’s…

  25. Royal Hall

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    Harrogate

    Harrogate’s Royal Hall, a stunning Edwardian Theatre built in 1903, is a venue for events, arts and entertainment.

    Regular open days held by the restoration charity allow visitors to tour the grade II listed building, gain insight to the heritage of this local landmark and contribute to the…

  26. Starbeck Baths

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    Harrogate

    Situated in Starbeck between Harrogate and Knaresborough, and Built in 1870 this Victorian pool is a delightful small community pool. 

    Just a short 3 minute walk from Starbeck Train station, the Main Bus route and accessible by car Starbeck baths is a gem not to be missed. 

    Open to the…

  27. Rudding Park Golf

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    Harrogate

    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…

  28. Oakdale Golf Club

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    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…

  29. St Robert's Cave

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    Knaresborough

    The remains of St Robert’s Cave and chapel are a rare example of a medieval hermitage , cut out of magnesium limestone bedrock & consists of the Cave , a domestic  area and a small chapel which contains the grave and altar platform.

    St Robert of Knaresborough was born Robert Flower in York to a…

  30. Pannal Golf Club

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    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…

  31. Walk from Valley Gardens to Harlow Carr

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    Town Walk

    Harrogate

    Walk through Harrogate's majestic Valley Gardens, through the pine woodlands of Harlow Hill to the horticultural gem that is RHS Harlow Carr.

    Maps are available from Harrogate Tourist Information Centre just down Crescent Road from the Valley Gardens and include a voucher for discounted entry.

  32. Beryl Burton Cycle Way

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    Knaresborough

    This fully surfaced cycle path connects Knaresborough to Harrogate and beyond, connecting to the Nidderdale Greenway which goes to both Ripley, and the centre of Harrogate.

    The cycleway offers an alternative to the often busy A59 and is not only traffic free, but picturesque as it passes…

  33. Games in the Park - Valley Gardens

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    Harrogate

    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…

  34. Spofforth Castle

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    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…

  35. Crimple Valley Viaduct

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    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…

  36. Knaresborough Round Walking Route

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    Walking Route

    Knaresborough

    This circular route around the Historic Castle town of Knaresborough takes in quiet lanes, river side paths and ancient rights of way as it circles the town.

    With less than 300 metres of climbing the route is achievable in one long day, or can be broken up into several small more leisurely…

  37. Knaresborough Windows

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    Free

    Knaresborough

    Knaresborough’s “Town Windows” - a collection of public art works illustrating characters and events from the town’s long and rich history can be seen around the town centre on various buildings. The art works use the technique of trompe l’oeil - a painting style that sets out to ‘fool the eye’…

  38. Main Swimming Pool

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Knaresborough

    Situated on the south east side of Knaresborough at the top of the High street, Knaresborough pool is easily accessible from the town centre, Only 5 minute walk, a short bus journey or by car.

    Open to the general public we have a number of payment options from a pay as you go sessions through…

  39. Harrogate Golf Club

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    Golf Course

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    Harrogate Golf Club  was established in 1892 and is the oldest club in Harrogate. It has a long and respected history having hosted National Championships and regularly staging County events. 

    Its mature course measures a little less than 6250 yards and is on fairly flat terrain. The Club is…

  40. St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

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    Church / Chapel

    Harrogate

    A magnificent Grade 1 listed church, open daily to visitors andjust a short scenic walk from 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…

  41. Harrogate Brewing Co

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    Eat:Drink

    Harrogate

    Harrogate Brewing Company is a multi award winning Micro Brewery, independently
    owned and operated by Harrogate couple Anton and Sarah Stark. The beer is small
    batch brewed on site and sold in local pubs and bars, and they have a Brewery Tap
    where the beer can be sampled right next to the brewing…

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