Harrogate is a town full of history and architecture. Established in 1571 as a Spa town, it was known as “The English Spa” in the Georgian era and leading destination for European High Society. Harrogate was a favourite health destination for Queen Victoria.

Geographically it is the centre of the UK and is a popular visitor destination and Conference and Convention town.

There are many places to visit in the Harrogate Town and surrounding area:

  • Betty’s World-famous Tea Rooms established in 1919 famous for Afternoon Tea and “Fat Rascals”.
  • Valley Gardens Harrogate English Heritage Grade II listed parkland, themed gardens & historic buildings.
  • Parliament Street known as “The Kensington of the North”. Harrogate is a shopper’s paradise. Its cosmopolitan café lined streets are awash with elegant boutiques and high-end retailers.
  • The Royal Hall Grade II listed performance hall and theatre, The “Kursaal” was built in 1903 by Samuel Fox has been lovingly restored. Tours are available.
  • Over 50 top class restaurants and bistros.
  • Turkish Baths & Spa  Victorian Turkish baths designed in the Moorish style with Italian floors and Islamic Arches, famously visited by author Agatha Christie when she disappeared in 1926.
  • RHS Harlow Carr Established on 1950, these beautiful gardens offer gardens and trails, a log maze, RHS shop and Betty’s tea rooms.
  • Ripley Castle & Gardens The owners, the Ingilby family have owned this wonderful 14th Century Grade I listed home for the last 700 years.
  • Knaresborough Castle, Market Place & Mother Shipton’s Cave: This medieval market town is situated 3 miles from Harrogate and offers a plethora of historical sights.

If you want to travel farther afield, here are some places to visit in Yorkshire:

  • Flamingo Land theme park and zoo, the 12th most visited theme park in Europe
  • Lightwater Valley theme park with over 40 rides for an action packed family day out
  • Only 40-50 miles from the wonderful family beach resorts of Whitby, Filey and Scarborough
  • York Dungeons depicting 200 years of grizzly history – We dare you to visit.
  • Newby Hall and Adventure Gardens: located near Ripon, the Georgian Hall has 25 acres of award winning gardens, miniature railway, restaurant, shop and adventure playground/
  • Harewood House & Harewood Bird Garden 18th century house with art exhibitions, farm experience, 100 gardens & Bird House home to many endangered species and Humbolt pengujins.
  • Tropical World Located at temple Newsome near to Leeds, this indoor wildlife park houses meerkats, butterflies, reptiles, monkeys. tropical plants and more. 
  • Fountains Abbey National Trust owned Cistercian Monastery  & Deer Park at Studley Royal near Ripon.
  • Bolton Abbey Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dalesnear Skipton. Walks, Views, Activities, Restaurants & Cafes, Gift Shops & Tearooms for a great day out.

Planned Tours:

We can accommodate your planned tour for your visit to the area. Providing saloon vehicles or minibus transport for up to 8 passengers, we can work with your itinerary taking you between destinations over two or three days from your Harrogate accommodation. 

Get in touch for a quote.