Some of the best things to do and see in Harrogate


Harrogate is a picturesque North Yorkshire town known for its natural beauty and famous tea rooms. This charming town has so much to offer visitors, from beautiful gardens to historic sites.

Things we love about this renowned spa town

Natural Beauty of Harrogate's Gardens and Parks: Harrogate has some of the UK's most beautiful gardens and parks. The Valley Gardens, located in the centre of town, are perfect for a leisurely stroll or afternoon picnic. As a bonus, there are plenty of places around town where you can rent a bike to explore different sites even further!

Historic Sites That Tell Stories: Harrogate is home to numerous historic sites that tell stories about how this city came to be. From Roman settlements and 18th-century houses to ancient churches and cathedrals, there is no shortage of history waiting to be discovered here. There are also many museums, such as The Mercer Art Gallery showcasing local artists' work from the last two centuries – and entry is free.

Family Activities Galore: Harrogate offers plenty of activities for families with children, ranging from educational experiences at RHS Garden Harlow Carr and Ripley Castle to outdoor fun in one of the many local parks and green spaces. No matter what age your kids are, there is something fun and exciting to do.

Shopping & Dining Experiences: With its wide selection of restaurants featuring everything from traditional British fare to international cuisine, shopping centres offering both brand names and unique boutiques, as well as weekly farmers markets that feature locally grown produce—there is no shortage of dining and shopping experiences available in Harrogate.

Find out more about the area with our Harrogate area guide.

Four of the Best things to do in and around Harrogate

If you're considering buying property in Harrogate or just want to visit the area, here are four must-do things to add to your list.

1. Visit the Royal Pump Room Museum

The Royal Pump Room Museum is located in an 18th-century building which was once used as spa baths by visitors who came to take advantage of the area's natural sulphur springs. Today, the museum houses fascinating displays about the history of Harrogate and its famous visitors. Admission is free, and interactive exhibits make it perfect for families.

2. Take a Stroll Through Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens is a beautiful park located just outside the town centre. It covers over ten acres of land and features ornamental gardens, playgrounds, ponds, fountains and even a miniature railway! The gardens are also home to some spectacular spring flowers, such as daffodils and bluebells, making them worth visiting any time of year.

3. Visit Bettys Tea Room

Bettys Tea Room is one of the most popular attractions in Harrogate. This quaint café serves up delicious cakes, pastries and sandwiches alongside traditional English teas, which can be enjoyed in its elegant dining room or outside on its sunny terrace.

4. Explore Nearby Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral is just a short 25-minute drive away from Harrogate but well worth making the journey for those interested in architecture or local history. The cathedral dates back to 672 AD and features stunning stained-glass windows and an impressive collection of medieval tombs. Its free admission makes it perfect for families too!

Buying property in Harrogate

With its stunning natural beauty, Harrogate is an attractive destination for property buyers and boasts some of the most expensive and luxurious properties in the north.

Whether you're looking for an investment opportunity or simply want a place where you can enjoy all this charming town offers, speak to one of our experienced Harrogate estate agents to find out more,

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