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Things To Do in Harrogate

Harrogate is home to some of the best attractions in Yorkshire.  With something for everyone you will never be short of great things to do whether you visit for work or leisure, with family or friends.

Explore historical sites including mediaeval castles and stately homes or be adventurous and experience the thrill of getting active in the Yorkshire Dales countryside.

If your idea of heaven is to just relax, visit one of our world class spa experiences, there is no better place to spoil yourself with some indulgence.

Indulge your curiosity at museums that explore the history of Harrogate and the surrounding area.  Our museums each tell a unique story such as the origins of the spa town of Harrogate, the story of life in Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale or the experiences of those in the Ripon’s law and order system. 

Harrogate is host to a rich and eclectic arts and culture scene, with many galleries both private and public showing a range of works in various mediums and styles.

For All the Family

All our attractions offer family activities.  Stately homes provide plenty of ways for children to explore the story of the houses and their grounds.  The days of stuffy old stately homes are long gone, here in Harrogate our historic houses offer extensive play areas, interactive displays and activities where children can get hands-on. 

We also have some attractions created entirely to entertain and engage young minds, offering hours of fun in one location.

Experience The Great Outdoors

Breathe the freshest Yorkshire air as you step outside and explore the dramatic and differing landscapes that surround Harrogate.  The Yorkshire Dales begin to the west of Harrogate, a rolling and famed landscape of long steep sided valleys and remote hilltops.  To the east is the wide open fields of the Vale of York. 

Walkers and cyclists will find a route to suit all tastes, from flat accessible leg stretches to challenging climbs that offer breath-taking views as a reward.  Such a varied terrain means you can spend a week long walking or cycling holiday around Harrogate and enjoy a different Yorkshire experience each day.

If you fancy something outdoors and active to get the adrenaline pumping you can enjoy outdoor adventure activities that will thrill and challenge in equal measure, giving you a holiday with a difference you will really remember.

Fascinating natural features and landmarks are found in every direction from Harrogate and make delightful picnic spots or walking destinations.  Millions of years of water and glacial erosion have left their mark across the landscape.  Over more recent centuries mankind has added to them with follies and industry, the remains of which now nestle into the landscape they once dominated.

A Horticultural Haven

The gardens of the Harrogate District are renowned for their year round floral beauty.  As well as the formal gardens and parks, the towns all excel in their own floral displays throughout the seasons, winning countless Britain in Bloom acknowledgements in recent years.

The range of styles and influences in our gardens put Harrogate at the very centre of Yorkshire’s vibrant horticultural scene.  The many historical buildings and stately homes across the district have a mixtureof  traditional and modern gardens, both floral and landscape that will amaze and inspire in equal measure.

Step into Yorkshire

You can enjoy a guided tour to see the best sites with a knowledgeable guide, with everything from a walk about food tour of Harrogate to a luxury tour of the Yorkshire Dales.  Trained blue badge guides, passionate and talented storytellers can offer you a bespoke tour of Harrogate, or of the surrounding area, allowing you to discover the incredible story of Yorkshire.

Themed attractions offer an immersive experience, be it brewery tours or the largest teddy bear collection you have ever seen, a catered gin tasting experience or a magical world created to amaze young minds. 
 

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