Harrogate is in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It became popular during the 19th century for its spa springs which were used for medicinal treatments. Today it is also well-visited for its elegant architecture, shopping, restaurants, gardens and proximity to the Yorkshire Dales.
Bettys Tea Rooms are a local institution and are the place to visit for lunch or afternoon tea. Although not cheap, there is always a line of customers waiting to be seated. There are currently six locations which all have delightful old interiors and serve Yorkshire tea and homemade treats with both Swiss and Yorkshire influences. Shopping
Harrogate’s main shopping district can be found along Cambridge Street, Oxford Street and Beulah Street. There are a range of chain stores, boutiques and gifts shops in these areas.
The Yorkshire Dales are right on the doorstep of your Harrogate holiday home and are a beautiful area of the country to explore on foot. There are many public footpaths and open moorland to explore, or walk along the narrow lanes to one of the nearby village pubs for lunch.
These delightful botanical gardens are just a mile from Harrogate town centre and provide a colourful day out at any time of year. The Royal Horticultural Society has something for everyone from vegetable gardens to wild flower meadows and from woodland arbors to pretty alpines.
This world Heritage Site is focused upon one of the largest abbey ruins in the UK. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the towering Huby’s Tower stands 172 feet tall. Don’t be put off by the term “ruin” – there are beautiful cloisters, the refectory and the nave to explore before heading for the Georgian water gardens.
This impressive stately home is located about 7 miles from Harrogate and is a member of the Treasure Houses of England. A guided tour will reveal a splendid interior with furniture by Thomas Chippendale and a host of beautiful state rooms full of antique treasures and artworks.
Harrogate’s location means that the summer months are generally cool with showers and winters are cold with occasional snow. Average highs in the summer months are 70°F (21°C) and January highs are around 44°F (6°C). It is generally drier than other areas as it is in the rain shadow of the Pennines, but it is quite high above sea level. Rainfall is consistent throughout the year at a couple of inches per month.
Harrogate is easily reached by car via the M1 which runs just 6 miles east of the town. Harrogate is also on a main railway line with rail links all over the country. The station is located just ½ a mile from the town centre.
For those who want to fly to the area, the nearest airport is Leeds Bradford International Airport which is 10 miles from your Harrogate holiday rental.