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Things to do in Harrogate

Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple, group or family, Harrogate has a plethora of options available. Below are some of our top recommendations. If you click on the name, this will open up the Google Maps link which will show you location, provide directions, you can read reviews and visit the website to book. If you click on the image, this will open up the website of the provider for more detailed information.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

Absolutely stunning scenery and a great way to spend a few hours rowing on the River Nidd! Excellent fun for all the family. There are two places to hire boats from, both are a similar price. Marigolds gets our vote for the cafe and ice cream though!

Rudding Park Spa is for all occasions. The Roof Top Spa is a social space with a range of hydrotherapy & thermal experiences and the Escape Zone, a peaceful, serene space for guests having a treatment.

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.

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.

Go quietly and you may see roe deer, herons by the water or green woodpeckers in the trees.

Knaresborough Castle is a ruined fortress originally built in 1100s overlooking the River Nidd in the town of Knaresborough.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Specially designed gardens reflecting the Yorkshire landscape with trails, a log maze and tea rooms. 

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.