Things To Do

Things To Do

Whether your travelling alone, as a couple, group or family, Harrogate has a plethora of options available.

  1. The Valley Gardens – An English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in regal Low Harrogate, which along with woodland, are known as The Pinewoods cover 17 acres. The Valley Gardens Harrogate contain a greater number of mineral springs than any other known place – visit the area known as Bogs Field where 36 different mineral wells were discovered.
  2. How Stean Gorge – A spectacular limestone ravine carved out over thousands of years by water flow. How Stean has caves and walkways to be discovered by small explores or exciting daring activities for thrill-seekers.
  3. Brimham Rocks – This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.
  4. Mother Shipton’s Cave – A short drive or train journey from Harrogate, Mother Shipton’s Cave is at Knaresborough, near to the River Nidd. Nearby is a petrifying well which is the oldest entrance-charging tourist attraction in England, open since 1630.
  5. Marigolds Cafe and Boating – Absolutely stunning scenery and a great way to spend a few hours rowing on the River Nidd! Excellent fun for all the family.
  6. Rudding Park – Considered as one of the best places to dine in Harrogate, Rudding Park offers a range of options for drinks, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Whether you are looking for a restaurant, a private dining room or something a little different we have the perfect setting.
  7. Nidd Gorge Viaduct – Go quietly and you may see roe deer, herons by the water or green woodpeckers in the trees.
  8. Knaresborough Castle – Knaresborough Castle is a ruined fortress originally built in 1100s overlooking the River Nidd in the town of Knaresborough.
  9. Nidderdale Museum – Nidderdale Museum has a large collection of exhibits, illustrating different aspects of life and work in Nidderdale through the ages. Run entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers, Nidderdale Museum has lots for visitors to see.
  10. Hackfall Woods – Hackfall appears today to be a natural wood, a “beautiful wilderness” to quote one of the 19th-century writers who thought Hackfall wood one of the most beautiful places in the country. In fact, it is very much a landscape moulded by man.
  11. Coldstones Cut – The Coldstones Cut is a piece of public art on a monumental scale. Created by the artist Andrew Sabin as a sculptural response to the Coldstones Quarry at Pateley Bridge, the sculpture functions as an array of platforms.
  12. The Oldest Sweet Shop in the World – No visit to the Yorkshire Dales would be complete without a visit to the Oldest Sweet Shop in England at Pateley Bridge for a truly magical and memorable experience.
  13. Fountains Abbey – The finest Cistercian monastic ruin in Europe, elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park. For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place. One-of-a-kind, this special place is now a World Heritage Site.

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