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Beautiful market town steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful countryside

Are you looking for things to do in Harrogate? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.

Known for...   Spas and Botanical Gardens


Did you know...

  • In 1893 Harrogate doctor George Oliver was the first to observe the effect of adrenaline on the circulation.
  • In 2007, two metal detectorists found the Harrogate hoard, a 10th century Viking treasure hoard, near Harrogate. The hoard contains almost 700 coins and other items from as far away as Afghanistan. The hoard was described by the British Museum as the most important find of its type in Britain for 150 years.
  • The first mineral spring was discovered in 1571 by William Slingsby, who found that water from the Tewitt Well possessed similar properties to that from the springs of the Belgian town of Spa, which gave its name to spa towns.



 

  Attractions

Fountain Abbey

Stunning World Heritage site. Largest abbey ruins in the country and one of the most spectacular Georgian water gardens.
Ripon
North Yorkshire
HG4 3DY

01765608888

Recommended by Drew Munnoch, Falkirk

 

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Northern showpiece of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Crag Lane
Harrogate
HG3 1QB

 

Nidderdale Llamas

Llama trekking through the Dales.
Kiln Farm Bungalow
Wilsill
HG3 5EE

01423711052

 

Log Heights

The ultimate outdoor adventure. Whether you are looking for an outdoor corporate team building day or something exciting to do.
Ripley Castle, Ripley
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG3 3AY

Recommended by Ben Granger, York

 

Newby Hall

Newby is the garden with everything: firm design, an endless variety of features, great plantsmanship and immaculate maintenance.
Ripon North
Yorkshire
HG4 5AE

 

Stockeld Park

Enter the magical woodland of the historic Stockeld Park estate and discover a world of active adventure & fun for all the family.
Wetherby
Yorkshire
LS22 4AW

 

St Mary's Church

English Heritage - This magnificent High Victorian Anglican church was designed in the 1870s.
Studley Royal
North Yorkshire
HG4 3DY

 

Spofforth Castle

English Heritage - The ruined hall and chamber of a fortified manor house of the powerful Percy family.
Spofforth
North Yorkshire
HG3 1AP

 

Aldborough Roman Site

English Heritage - Roman mosaic pavements line the remains of this once northern tribal capital.
Aldborough
Boroughbridge
North Yorkshire
YO51 9ES

 

Mother Shipton's Cave

England's oldest tourist attraction and one of it's best.
Prophecy Lodge
Harrogate Road
Knaresborough
HG5 8DD

01423864600

Recommended by Louise Virgo, Harrogate

 

Brimham Rocks FREE

National Trust - An amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations with magnificent views over Nidderdale.
Summerbridge
Harrogate
HG3 4DW

 

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

National Trust - One of Europe's most remarkable places.
North Yorkshire
HG4 3DY

 

Ripley Castle And Gardens

Stunning 14th century castle with beautiful gardens and deer park.
Main Street
Ripley
HG3 3AY

Recommended by Chris Hill, York

 

Harewood House

Award winning attraction and great family day out.
Harewood
Leeds
LS17 9LG

 
 

  Children's Activities

Baby Sensory Baby Development Classes

Baby Sensory’s award winning baby development classes are now running in your area.
Ripon Rugby Club
Mallorie Court
Ripon
HG4 2QG

Recommended by Clare Simpson, Ripon
“Classes designed specifically for babies from birth to 13 months. Babies have an extraordinary capacity to absorb information in their first year and at Baby Sensory we don't waste a single moment. Baby Sensory sessions last an hour and combine exciting sensory activities with exploratory play. Activities include music, puppet shows, massage, water play, baby signing, fibre optic light shows and much much more. These award winning baby development classes will begin in Ripon in July 2013!”

 
 

  Museums

Ripon Museum Trust

Our three sites within the centre of the city of Ripon, tell the unique story of the Liberty Courthouse, Prison and Victorian Work.
75 Allhallowgate
Ripon
HG4 1LE

01765690799

 

Ripon Prison & Police Museum

The history of policing is traced through displays of uniforms and artefacts from the Trust's extensive collections.
27 St Marygate
Ripon
HG4 1LX

01765690799

 
 

  Parks

The Stray FREE

This 200 acres of open grassland and verges, wraps around the main urban "old town" of Harrogate.
Stray Road
Harrogate
HG2 8AR

 

Valley Gardens FREE

An English Heritage Grade II Listed Garden situated in regal Low Harrogate, adjacent to a popular woodland known as The Pinewoods.
Royal Parade
Harrogate
HG1 2SZ

Recommended by Jan, Leeds
“Lots for children to do in beautiful surroundings - and it's free.”

 

Killinghall Moor Country Park FREE

A country park of around twenty five acres, popular with wildlife enthusiasts.
Barberry Close
Harrogate
HG3 2NZ

 

The Recreation Ground At Pateley Bridge FREE

This area of open green space with many mature trees runs alongside the River Nidd.
On the B265 between Bewerley and Pateley Bridge
HG3 5HQ

 

Bilton Beck & Rudding Bottoms FREE

The woodland is located approximately 2 miles to the north of the centre of Harrogate, in the steep sided well-wooded valley.
Scotton
North Yorkshire
HG1 3EB

 

Jacob Smith Park FREE

Jacob Smith Park in Scriven, near Knaresborough, opened in 2008. 30 acres of parkland surrounded by an impressive stone wall.
Scriven Road
Scriven
Knaresborough
HG5 9EJ

 

Conyngham Hall Grounds FREE

Conyngham Hall is surrounded by an area of open parkland offering leisure activities, woodland and riverside walks.
Bond End
Knaresborough
North Yorkshire
HG5 9AY

 

Welwick Saltmarsh Nature Reserve FREE

Big skies, clouds of birds, raptors skimming past and a spray of purple flowering saltmarsh plants.
Humberside Lane
Hull
East Yorkshire
YO26 9RU

 

Bishop Monkton Railway Cutting Nature Reserve FREE

A small haven for wildlife tucked away in an intensively agricultural landscape.
Moor Road
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG3 3QD

 

Bebra Gardens FREE

A small, attractive park close to Knaresborough Castle. It is a hidden gem providing a haven from the hustle and bustle of town.
Brewerton Street
Knaresborough
HG5 8AZ

 

Upper Dunsforth Carr Nature Reserve FREE

A series of wet meadows and areas of wet woodland, supporting a wide variety of wetland plants.
Carr Field Lane
Boroughbridge
North Yorkshire
YO26 9RU

 

Ripon Loop Nature Reserve FREE

A dynamic nature reserve lying within the largest meander of the River Ure and featuring rarities such as thistle broomrape.
Off Park Lane
Ripon
North Yorkshire
HG4 3HJ

 

Staveley Nature Reserve FREE

This superb wetland site lying close to the River Tutt holds year round interest for visitors with regular sightings of otters.
Minskip Road
Boroughbridge
North Yorkshire
HG5 9LQ

 

Burton Leonard Lime Quarries FREE

Once a limestone quarry, this nature reserve is now an oasis for scrub, woodland and grassland plant species.
Lime Kiln Lane
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG3 3TE

 
 

  Galleries

Mercer Gallery FREE

Elegant gallery consisting of 19th and 20th century pieces.
31 Swan Road
Harrogate
HG1 2SA

01423556188

Recommended by Susie Hale, York

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Harrogate

Multi-screen cinema.
East Parade
Harrogate
HG1 5LB

03330144501

 

Curzon Cinema Ripon

Independent cinema.
75 North Street
Ripon
HG4 1DP

03333210104

 
 

  Theatre

Harrogate Royal Hall

Stunning Edwardian Theatre built in 1903, is a venue for events, arts and entertainment.
Ripon Road
Harrogate
HG1 2RD

01423500500

 

Harrogate Theatre

Historic Victorian building playing host to comedy, drama and musicals.
6 Oxford Street
Town Centre
HG1 1PP

01423502116

 
 

  Live Music

Elite Mobile Disco

By choosing elite disco you can rest assure that you have selected the very best in professional entertainment.
30, St Leonards Oval
Harrogate
HG2 8NT

08456525050

 
 

  Golf

Oakdale Golf Centre

Golf Club.
Oakdale Glen
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG1 2LN

 

Ripon City Golf Club

Ripon City Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 2008 and is proud, not only of its history, but also of the continual development and improvement of the course for its members and guests.
Palace Road
Ripon
North Yorkshire
HG4 3HH

 

Harrogate Golf Club

Established in 1892 the Club has a long history and is very well respected throughout the country.
Forest Lane Head
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG2 7TF

 

Wetherby Golf Club

Golf Club.
Linton Lane
Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS22 4JF

 

Knaresborough Golf Club

Golf Club.
Butterhills
Boroughbridge Road
Knaresborough
North Yorkshire
HG5 0QQ

 

Pannal Golf Club

Golf Club.
Follifoot Road
Pannal
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG3 1ES

 
 

  Leisure centres

The Hydro

Offers 3 swimming pools and fitness centre.
Jennyfield Drive
Harrogate
HG1 2RP

01423500600

Recommended by Cleo Dawes, Harrogate

 

Cannons

Health, fitness and wellbeing centre.
Hornbeam Park Road
Harrogate
HG2 8RA

01423810858

 

The Academy

Spa, health club, gym and dance studios.
Oakdale Place
Harrogate
HG1 2LA

01423524052

 

Knaresborough Pool

25m indoor swimming pool.
King James Road
Knaresborough
HG5 8EB

Recommended by Tony Woodbridge, Knaresborough

 

Beckwith

Health and fitness club.
Central House
Otley Road
HG3 1UF

01423522177

 
 

  Sport

Roller Rave

Roller skating for all the family.
King James School, Sports Hall
Knaresborough
HG5 8EB

 
 

  Riding

Harrogate Riding Centre

Lessons available for adults and children.
Brackenthwaite Lane
Burn Bridge
HG3 1PQ

01423871894

 

Yorkshire Riding Centre

Lessons available for all ages and abilities.
Barolin Farm
Markington
HG3 3PE

01765677207

 
 

  Climbing

Harrogate Climbing Centre

Yorkshire's premier indoor climbing centre.
Hornbeam Park
Harrogate
HG2 8QT

01423815024

 

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