Things To Do

Whether you’re 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.

  14. Harewood House – From the moment you arrive, Harewood captures your imaginations and feeds your curiosity. It’s a place filled with art, culture and heritage which continues to develop and thrive today.

  15. The Gin School Experience – A fantastic three hour fully immersive experience during which you make your own bottle of gin to take home. Collect fresh botanicals from the gardens of Ripley Castle and create your own personal recipe while drinking G&Ts from small batches of gin distilled in their own distillery.

  16. RHS Harlow Carr – Specially designed gardens reflecting the Yorkshire landscape with trails, a log maze and tea rooms.

  17. Mother Shipton’s Cave – Within historic woodland along the River Nidd, the birthplace of the famous prophetess. Experience the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction, renowned for turning objects to stone.

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