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Where to stay in Harrogate

VacationRenter offers 632 holiday lettings in Harrogate, and we’re confident that you’ll find a place that meets your budget. Our website offers a wide selection of properties from leading travel sites such as Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking.com, and many more. If you’re in search of an affordable home to let in Harrogate, you’ll be thrilled to find that 20% of properties cost less than $72 a night. Staying in Harrogate will give you close access to Fountains Abbey and Knaresborough Viaduct, making it easy to explore with your favourite travel mates. Can’t quite find the right holiday home in Harrogate? We can also provide search results for nearby cities like Harrogate and Harrogate. Allow us to help you plan the holiday you deserve.

Where Is Harrogate Located?

A mineral spa town in North Yorkshire lies Harrogate, located east of the sprawling Yorkshire Dales National Park and half an hour north from Yorkshire’s commercial center of Leeds. Voted three years in a row as the “Happiest Place in Great Britain,” incidentally the town also has the highest property prices in Yorkshire.

What Is Harrogate Known For?

Harrogate is commonly known as a fashionable spa holiday town, founded after the discovery of Tewit Well in 1571. The city’s reputation increased in the early 20th century, as Charles Dickens called it, “the queerest place, with the strangest people in it, leading the oddest lives of dancing, newspaper-reading and dining.” Many baths and spa rooms are available to visitors today. Aside from spas, the town’s latest booming industry happens to be conferences, due to its centralized but quiet location, as well as an assortment of accommodations.

A Quick Guide to Harrogate

  • Royal Pump Room Museum: Built directly over a sulphur spring in 1842, the Royal Pump Room Museum tells the story of how the spa phenomenon influenced the development and notoriety of the town. A few small exhibits include photographs of spa treatments of a bygone era, costumes, tonic bottles, and a few items from Egypt that have local connection. The museum tour includes a trip down to see and smell the wells. Visit before your session at the Turkish Baths to gain a more complete appreciation of “taking to the waters.”
  • Turkish Baths and Health Spa: The best-restored, most historically complete Victorian Turkish bath in England is Turkish Baths and Health Spa, which has been in operation since 1897. Stunning Moorish design coats every surface, from the mosaic-tiled floor to painted ceiling, and the Islamic arches in between. Amenities include a traditional warm relaxation room, steam room, three saunas with increasing temperature, and a cold-plunge pool, in addition to private treatment rooms. The classic ritual is meant to be experienced as a circuit to gradually increase heat in the body and then cool down; then repeated as many times as desired. The facility also offers a comprehensive spa treatment menu inspired by global traditions. Guided tours are available on weekday mornings.
  • Valley Gardens: Covering 120 total acres including 17 acres of formal gardens, Valley Gardens is ideal for leisurely strolling after a long soak or a delicious meal. The area used to be called Bog’s Field because of the 35 natural springs found within the grounds. There are many activities available within the gardens including tennis, disc golf, a paddling pool, a playground, and a skatepark. In the summer months, you’ll find a bandstand hosting concerts on Sunday afternoons.
  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr: RHS Garden Harlow Carr is known as the northern outpost of the Royal Horticultural Society and a jewel in Harrogate’s crown, featuring designs and specimens that reflect the Yorkshire landscape. It’s a walkable one and a half miles through Pinewoods, from the southwest end of Valley Gardens or just a few minutes by car from Harrogate center.

Popular Destinations Near Harrogate

  • Brimham Rocks: Ten miles northwest of Harrogate in the Nidderdale Area of Natural Beauty is an otherworldly variety of craggy rock formations in a lightly wooded area called Brimham Rocks. It’s fun to wander around and climb on the rocks to get fantastic scenic views. You can also check out nearby Fountains Abbey for a double adventure.
  • Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden: Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden consists of expansive ruins of a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1132 that remained in use for 400 years; it is easy to imagine how impressive it was in its prime. Follow a nearby path to access the well-maintained gardens and deer park. The grounds include a visitor’s center, a restaurant, a lake, and St. Mary’s church.
  • Harewood Estate: An intriguing place to explore eight miles south of Harrogate on the way to Leeds, Harewood Estate is a lavishly decorated mansion that remains privately owned by the family that built it in 1759. There are a large number of rooms open for visitors to see. The mansion is full of Chippendale furniture and an incredible fine art collection. It is also surrounded by Capability Brown-designed gardens. It has a nationally recognized conservation program, accredited museum, and licensed zoo with 56 species of birds in the Bird Garden including flamingos, penguins, and cranes. The grounds consist of two cafes, a tearoom, an ice cream kiosk, a farm experience, and multiple well-organized educational programs for children and adults.

Best Neighborhoods in Harrogate

  • Low Harrogate & Montpellier Quarter: A charming neighborhood of pedestrian streets, at Low Harrogate & Montpellier Quarter, you can wander and admire the restored 19th century buildings hosting boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Here, you will also find the Royal Pump Room Museum, Turkish Baths & Health Spa, and the entrance to Valley Gardens.
  • Central Harrogate: Central Harrogate is adjacent to Montpellier Quarter and bounded by “The Stray” greenbelt on the south and east. It’s a lively area with many upmarket, designer stores, and the location of Victoria Shopping Centre. Cambridge and Oxford Streets are pedestrian-only, while the Royal Baths and Parliament Street are the center of nightlife.
  • Knaresborough: A suburb four miles northeast of central Harrogate, Knaresborough is less travelled by tourists but it is directly accessible by train. The curious local sites include the remains of Knaresborough Castle, medieval Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag, multiple limestone caves from the Middle Ages, and a railway viaduct over the River Nidd.

Home-types in Harrogate

Harrogate has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Harrogate:

Points of interests in Harrogate

Harrogate has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Harrogate:
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