A town founded on the quality of its water with dozens of freshwater springs, Harrogate went through a boom in the 19th century as a renowned spa town, hosting influential guests from across the globe. This influx led to natural growth, with several theatres, cinemas, high-class art galleries and museums built to cope with the demand, as well as a choice of Harrogate hotels for visitors to enjoy. On the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales, it is also perfectly placed to explore the great outdoors, but with an abundance of bars, pubs, restaurants – and Bettys Café Tea Rooms – you won’t be left wondering what to do in Harrogate. There are plenty of other reasons to visit this wonderful spa town.
Things to do in Harrogate
Places to eat
With restaurants serving up flavours from as far north as Norway and as far south as Argentina, it’s easy to eat your way around the world in 80 plates, with local produce looming large. No trip to Harrogate is complete without tea and cake at Bettys: a true Yorkshire institution.
With Leeds Bradford Airport just a short bus ride away, getting into the heart of Yorkshire couldn’t be easier. Factor in strong rail links and sprawling countryside that lends itself to walking and biking, Harrogate blends Victorian charm with impressive modern travel connections.