Things to Do in Harrogate

Harrogate is a vibrant town full of things to see and do at every turn. Whether you are looking for activities to entertain the kids or a place to soak up a little of the local culture, there is something for everyone. Make the most of your time in Harrogate town by visiting many of the tourist attractions and other activities off the beaten track.



Learn about the history of this stunning spa town with a visit to the local museums. A must-do for any tourist if you’re brave enough, trying the local sulphurous spring water is a great way to start the day. Take tours of local buildings and immerse yourself in the rich and varied history of a town that is more interesting than you might imagine.

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Thanks to its beautiful location in the heart of Yorkshire and its talented local artists, there are a number of local art galleries that you may wish to visit. If you choose the right one, you may end up with a glass or two of champagne in your hand as you ponder the various pieces that surround you. Many galleries sell the works of local artists so that you can take a lasting reminder of Harrogate home with you.

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Harrogate is host to a variety of world-class exhibitions throughout the year. From craft and wedding fairs to homeware and gift exhibitions, there is something for everyone to enjoy at these impressive events. If you do decide to visit during an exhibition, it is wise to xbook hotels in advance as they soon book up.

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If there is one thing that Harrogate does well, it is hotels. From holiday lets and serviced apartments to decadent luxury hotels and spas, there is accommodation to suit every need and budget. Choose from chic boutique hotels and budget brand name hotels that are still stylish. Some of the larger hotels have their own spa, pools and gymnasiums to help you unwind after a day in the town or on business.

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Sport & Fitness

Harrogate has a variety of leisure centres and gymnasiums to choose from if you want to stay on top of your fitness whilst you are visiting. Some of Harrogate’s hotels have their own gyms and if they don’t will allow you access to one nearby. There are also public swimming pools outside of the town centre where the whole family can enjoy lane swimming and fun sessions. If you are into more spectator sports, you can always head to the football ground and watch the local teams play.

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Theatre & Cinemas

If the weather is wet and windy, sometimes it’s nice to just stay indoors. Luckily, Harrogate caters to tourists visiting in every weather condition. There is plenty to see at the theatre to suit everyone’s taste. From gritty dramas to classic stage productions and pantomimes for the kids, you can find something to entertain your family all year round. If you fancy a cosy trip to the cinema, Harrogate has all the latest box office hits to suit the whole family.

Strawberry Picking

Summer in Harrogate is simply beautiful. The surrounding countryside nearby North York Moors offers much for passing visitors. Strawberry picking is a popular summer pastime and the whole family can enjoy picking and eating this most delicious of fruits in the sunshine. Return home with as many punnets as you can carry and enjoy with lashings of cream.


Everyone knows when the fair has arrived in town as the Stray becomes a colourful display of lights and rides. If you visit Harrogate during the summer months, you can have a great day out with kids of all ages and eat a little candyfloss along the way.