Planning Guide

Let us take the stress out of planning

Staying in a new town can be exciting but equally a little daunting with so many options to chose from. Between the whole team at Harrogate Stays, we’ve been hosting in Harrogate for over 30 years, we speak to most guests and they provide honest feedback on various cafes, bars, restaurants and activities. Armed with this information and experience, we have compiled a few suggested itineraries and guides depending on what you’re looking to get out of your trip (just click on the image).

Please check them out and if you feel we have missed anything, please do let us know.

Romantic Couples Break (over 50s)

Couples activities in Harrogate

Harrogate is a wonderful destination for over 50s and is probably our biggest demographic in terms of leisure guests, especially at Fountains Guest House – offering a more traditional bed and breakfast experience. Take a look at our suggested itinerary for a 2 to 3 night break.

Romantic Couples Break (30-50)

Couples activities in Harrogate. Places to go in Harrogate. Things to do in Harrogate.

There is an amazing vibe in Harrogate for those looking for a relaxing break together. There are so many incredible independent bars, restaurants, cafes and shops, you will want to return again and again to try them all. Please check out our suggested itinerary for 2 night stay in Harrogate.

With a vast array of spas, shops and cafes – Harrogate is a fabulous choice for a cheeky mother and daughter break.

Spoil yourselves with our top recommendations and you will return home fully energised and ready to take on the world!

Golfing Trip

There are some fantastic golf courses in the vicinity of Harrogate. We have scoured the very best and recommend places that offer pay as you play – no membership is required.

Everyone has different abilities and we can provide a guide on which courses may suit your level of ability best. You will want to know some great restaurants and bars for after the 19th hole and that’s where our guide comes in handy.

Cycling Trip

Cycling in Harrogate North Yorkshire. Places to go in Harrogate. Things to do in Harrogate.

With the Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep and following on from 2019 World Championship Cycling, Harrogate remains a popular destination for cyclists.

Knowing where offers the best coffee, bacon butties and tiffin. Some routes have fresh tarmac which are dreamy and not to be missed! There are some absolutely brutal climbs if you fancy a challenge!

Harrogate has some amazing cocktail bars and we regularly host groups looking to have a bit of spa relaxation during the day and party hard at night! 

This itinerary provides a few options for dinner, cocktails and the best bars to dance the night away! 

After a big night, you will need a recharge and we know some of the best places.


Hiking Trip

Many guests who stay with us love to explore the Yorkshire Dales. Pately Bridge and Nidderdale serve as great starting places and being just 15 minutes by car with some fabulous lunch stops, you won’t go far wrong. Our guide offers a range of leisurely strolls and some more challenging walks in this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dating back to the 1800s, Harrogate has been a popular spa town with a heritage well-stooped in relaxation and well-being. We have compiled a list of the very best spas to ensure you give yourself that well-deserved and essential relaxation. 

Our guide provides more detail on what is on offer and the best times to book treatments.


Garden Delights

Harrogate is infamous for RHS Harlow Carr but there are so many other amazing gardens to visit. 

We provide detailed information on what else is on offer, links to upcoming events and some top secrets that only the locals know about! 


It’s not possible to list all the incredible attractions on our doorstep. Please do not hesitate to ask if you would like us to put together an itinerary for your stay. Just let us know what things you like, if you’re happy to drive and we will sort the rest for you.