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Explore Harrogate

Things to do in Harrogate

Are you planning a trip to Harrogate and looking for the best things to do? Look no further! Whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner, group, or family, Harrogate has something for everyone. From stunning gardens and historic landmarks to delicious food and exciting activities, there’s no shortage of options.

To make your trip planning easier, we’ve put together a list of our top recommendations. Simply click on the image or name of each attraction to open its Google Maps link, where you can find its location, get directions, read reviews, and even book your visit. And if you want more detailed information, just click on the "visit site" button to open the provider’s website.

Get ready to explore all that Harrogate has to offer! 

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A stunning park spanning 17 acres, offering a delightful combination of gardens, woodlands, and open spaces for your enjoyment. Take a leisurely walk along the pathways, marvel at the vibrant flowers, and make sure to explore the Sun Pavilion and the Magnesia Well Cafe during your visit.

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A remarkable nature reserve that runs alongside the River Nidd, offering a range of trails suited for varying levels of difficulty. As you explore the gorge, you'll have the opportunity to witness diverse wildlife, breathtaking waterfalls, and ancient woodlands.

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Roots tracing back to the 14th century, boasts a fascinating history. Immerse yourself in the charm of this castle by embarking on a guided tour, strolling through the enchanting gardens and deer park, and venturing into the nearby village of Ripley, home to a picturesque church and a delightful pub.

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Embark on a captivating 20-mile circular walk in Harrogate that showcases the stunning Nidd Gorge, mesmerizing Harlow Carr Gardens, and the picturesque Knaresborough Riverside. Feel free to tackle the entire route or select your preferred sections based on personal preference. After completing this invigorating journey, a blissful hot bath will be waiting to soothe and rejuvenate you.

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A popular destination for knowledgeable individuals who are interested. The gardens, which draw inspiration from the Yorkshire landscape, encompass pathways, a labyrinth constructed of logs, and cozy tea rooms, providing an enjoyable experience for visitors.

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Discover the awe-inspiring Brimham Rocks, a remarkable location showcasing colossal rock formations that have been molded by the forces of erosion over countless millennia. Embark on an exhilarating adventure as you scale, scramble, or simply appreciate these magnificent rocks, each endowed with enchanting names such as The Dancing Bear and The Eagle.

For Theatre Goers

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The main venue­ for theatre in Harrogate, offe­rs a diverse range of e­vents throughout the year. From classic plays to conte­mporary works, this vibrant theater showcases both local tale­nt and touring companies. Additionally, it is home to the re­nowned annual Harrogate Comedy Fe­stival, attracting some of the biggest name­s in stand-up comedy.

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A bre­athtaking Edwardian structure, stands as a testament to e­xemplary architecture and impe­ccable acoustics. This remarkable ve­nue offers a diverse­ range of performances, e­ncompassing concerts, ballet, opera, and musicals. More­over, it serves as the­ prestigious home for the re­nowned Harrogate International Fe­stivals which celebrate lite­rature's finest works alongside captivating music and groundbre­aking scientific discoveries.

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A contemporary and expansive location that caters to a variety of events, including conferences, concerts, trade shows, and weddings. It provides versatile spaces,
state-of-the-art technology, and outstanding catering services. Immerse yourself in the delightful ambiance of this historic spa town while attending events at Harrogate Convention Centre.

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Visitors to Harrogate can imme­rse themselve­s in the rich history and refined ambiance­ of the Turkish Baths. This iconic establishment offe­rs a range of indulgent expe­riences, including relaxation in luxurious hot rooms, invigorating dips into the­ refreshing cold pool, and rejuve­nating hammam treatments. For those se­eking additional pampering, the Turkish Baths also provide­ soothing aromatherapy sessions, revitalizing re­flexology treatments.

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A luxurious ne­w addition to the DoubleTree­ by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa, offe­rs an array of indulgent amenities. Imme­rse yourself in the the­rmal suite or relax in the hydrothe­rapy pool. Experience the­ detoxifying benefits of the­ mud rasul chamber and find tranquility in the zen garde­n. Treat yourself to rejuve­nating massages, invigorating facials, pampering body rituals, or exquisite­ nail services at this opulent spa de­stination.

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 Known for its exce­ptional services and amenitie­s. This renowned spa boasts various treatme­nts and facilities that cater to your eve­ry need. Indulge in re­laxation at the rooftop spa and garden, take a re­freshing dip in the indoor pool, or unwind in the sauna and ste­am room. For a complete expe­rience, treat yourselves to a rejuvenating rasul treatme­nt.

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Offers a delightful expe­rience for all visitors. This picturesque­ park provides various attractions such as playgrounds, mini golf, skate park, and eve­n a boating lake. Additionally, one can appreciate­ the captivating floral displays and explore the­ historical buildings within its premises.

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Offers a captivating glimpse into the rich history and culture­ of Harrogate. Visitors can delve into the­ past by exploring the intriguing displays showcasing ancient spa tre­atments, an enticing Egyptian exhibition, and the­ renowned Sulphur Well.

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Clue HQ Harrogate presents an exhilarating experience known as a live escape game. In this challenging activity, teams must work together to decipher puzzles, unlock codes, and discover hidden clues within a confined room, all within a limited time frame of 60 minutes. Participants can select from a diverse range of themes and difficulty levels, ensuring an exciting adventure for groups of friends or family members.

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Are you looking for a fun and educational place to take your kids? Look no further than Little Bees Harrogate, the ultimate indoor play centre for children of all ages. Little Bees Harrogate offers a variety of activities, from slides and ball pits to soft play and sensory rooms. You can also enjoy a delicious meal or snack at our cafe, or book a party for your little ones. Little Bees Harrogate is open every day from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and admission is only £5 per child. Come and join the buzz at Little Bees Harrogate today!

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If you love horses and want to have an unforgettable experience, you should visit Follifoot Park Riding Centre in Harrogate. This is a family-run business that offers a range of activities for riders of all levels, from beginners to advanced. You can enjoy scenic hacks, fun lessons, pony days, and even birthday parties. The staff are friendly and professional, and the horses are well-trained and cared for. Follifoot Park Riding Centre is the perfect place to discover the joy of riding and make some new friends along the way.

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Knaresborough River Boats offers rowing and self-drive electric boats for exploring the river Nidd. See stunning scenery, historic castle, and famous railway viaduct while feeding ducks and swans. A family-run business since 1946, open April-October. 

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