Self-catering holiday accommodation in Harrogate
The fashionable spa town of Harrogate has been a hub of activity since Victorian times with a host of attractions, stylish architecture and green spaces creating a charming destination for a holiday retreat.
Peer in shop windows and spot old antiques and contemporary art in the Montpellier Quarter, or share a picnic on the 200-acre Stray parkland known for the crocuses that flower every spring. Pop by Betty’s tearoom when you’re ready for a sugary treat, or indulge in an afternoon at the Turkish Baths. Harrogate is popular for good reason with a host of places to go and things to do in the heart of town so you needn’t venture far on your holiday.
Things to do in Harrogate
The home of The Great Yorkshire Showgrounds (YEC) and The Harrogate Convention Centre (HCC), Harrogate is a busy town hosting exciting large-scale events throughout the year.
The biggest event in the annual calendar must be the Yorkshire Show, which showcases all things rural, giving a platform for those that live and thrive in the countryside. Meet local livestock and sample local foods, the show draws in thousands of enthusiasts each year.
The town centre has quality restaurants and shops, with a good mixture of independent stores and high street favourites. For a shopping trip with a twist head to the Cold Bath Road area of town for galleries, bookshops and artisan cafes. Meanwhile, if you feel like some relaxation after all that time on your feet, then seek out the Turkish Baths and Health Spa in the centre of town. The spa town also has a museum in the former Pump Room.
Harrogate is a destination for keen horticulturalists too, it hosts flower shows throughout the year. A growing following for the Tour de Yorkshire is building – one of the best cycle races in England, try to coincide your trip so that you can get involved in this active event.
Explore Yorkshire further
Just east of Harrogate is the smaller town of Knaresborough, where you’ll find the mysterious Mother Shipton’s Cave and crumbling Knaresborough Castle, meanwhile anyone searching for a bustling centre to explore will love a visit to Ripon or York.
The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is 10 miles east and full of beautiful towns and villages alongside scenic walking locations such as the iconic Brimham Rocks near Pateley Bridge.
Don’t forget to make the most of the Yorkshire Dales during your stay. Venture over to Bolton Abbey and hop across the stepping stones to the ancient monastery or wander the banks of the crystal waters of Grimwith Reservoir, two wonderful attractions both within 20 miles of Harrogate. Explore our guides and discover family-friendly walks in the Dales, dog-friendly destinations and more all across the iconic national park.
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