A weekend in Harrogate
Find out why this charm-packed spa town makes for a luxurious weekend getaway
A charming spa town on the fringe of the Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate is an ideal base for a Weekend Escape. Whether you’re looking for an active getaway or an indulgent few days, there’s lots to make your trip a memorable one.
The charm of the town that developed after the discovery of a spring in 1571 is still plainly visible, and the Victorian boom in spa tourism built a reputation for luxurious getaways that extends to present day.
Modern-day Harrogate is a place where the boutique meets the metropolitan. With bustling shopping streets, world-famous tea rooms, a richly vibrant history, and a striking amount of green space, you’ll be spoilt for choice on your weekend away.
Things to do
To get a good sense of what Harrogate has to offer, embark on the Exploring Harrogate route through the town. Starting in the town centre, admire the pretty streets of the Montpellier Quarter and wander through the stunning Valley Gardens on your way to RHS Garden Harlow Carr.
Visit the Municipal Mercer Art Gallery to experience a snapshot of Victorian life, and discover the glory of Harrogate’s spa heyday with a visit to the Royal Pump Room Museum. If all the spa talk has tickled your fancy, why not indulge in a treatment or two at the historic Turkish Baths, located within the Royal Assembly Rooms.
Harrogate may be home to the strongest sulphur water in Europe, but you may prefer to refresh your palate after a day of relaxation with a visit to Bettys Café and Tea Rooms, a true Yorkshire institution. With Farrah’s Original Harrogate Toffee, dating back to 1840, and a host of independent pubs and cafes dotted along the town’s thriving streets, you won’t be short of places to enjoy a local treat.
Places to stay
Whether you’re looking for a quaint self-catered cottage or a stylish boutique hotel, Harrogate boasts a range of options to suit the needs of every visitor.
Where to eat
From classic British food with a contemporary twist to brasserie-style cooking and a whole host of first-class eateries in between, Harrogate is home to a thriving food and drink scene.