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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Tea Room
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“The best place for afternoon tea. Think silver cake stands, staff in period costume, tea galore and a view of the pretty Montpelier Gardens. Make sure you have a Fat Rascal (a Yorkshire scone). ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful gardens, activities for children during the holidays/some weekends. Has a Bettys restaurant and tea room. Nice gift shop. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“Valley Gardens are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens covering 17 acres. Open all year round, there are different areas and garden styles making it a lovely place to explore. Band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. There are a variety of outdoor games including tennis, pitch & putt golf course, crazy golf, boating pool, paddling pool and a children's play area. Get a snack or ice cream from the Magnesia Well Café and the Games Pavilion. Turn right out of the flat and walk about 10-minutes and you will see the gates to Valley Gardens on the left just after you pass Hales Bar. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Spa
“A beautifully restored Victorian bath house, you can take a brief tour, but we recommend booking in for a Turkish bath session! Enjoy saunas, steam room, cold plunge pool, and relaxation room in Victorian splendor. You can also book a massage, manicure, pedicure, or other treatment. Directions: Turn right out of the flat. Turn left on Parliament St and it’s on the right about a 10-minute walk.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Cinema
“If you love film and the weather isn’t great, pay a visit to the local Everyman – playing some of the latest films and sometimes classics. We love their comfy sofa’s and cocktails. A 10 to 15 minute walk from the flat.”
  • 16 locals recommend
History Museum
“Interesting history of Harrogate as a spa town and great location for Seeing the best parts of the town.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Theatre
“Some great live plays, musicals, and comedy shows come through Harrogate. If it’s not too late you might find some tickets! Just a 10-minute walk from the flat.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best Italian in Harrogate by far! Authentic small plate menu, daily changing menu, very passionate about their food!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The gallery has two spaces, the Main Gallery and the smaller North Gallery. The changing exhibition programme for both galleries ranges from national touring exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture and crafts to exhibitions from the permanent collections to displays by local artists. The Mercer Art Gallery is home to Harrogate district's fine art collection which consists of some 2000 works of art, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection includes works by William Powell Frith, Atkinson Grimshaw, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dame Laura Knight, Alan Davie and many more. The whole collection is not however on permanent display. Paintings, prints and drawings from it are featu”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A popular spot with locals. Hearty portions of Modern British food and a great atmosphere.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Another one of our favourites! The Orchid is just fantastic Thai food in a great setting. There is also a cocktail bar above the restaurant in the Studley Hotel for pre dinner drinks. The Bang Bang Chicken is a must!!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Brand Yorkshire Business Conference and Exhibition Business conference and exhibition From: 3rd October 2019 ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“A fab little independent that does great pizzas and some good live music/DJ sets. Board games are readily available to entertain punters!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“The Scandi themed food, cakes and coffee are great. Better value than Betty’s and super tasty”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cinema
“Great Sat and Sunday Kids Cinema in the morning, only £2.50 (at time of writing), book ahead online.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Best Italian in Harrogate by far! Authentic small plate menu, daily changing menu, very passionate about their food!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Another one of our favourites! The Orchid is just fantastic Thai food in a great setting. There is also a cocktail bar above the restaurant in the Studley Hotel for pre dinner drinks. The Bang Bang Chicken is a must!!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A popular spot with locals. Hearty portions of Modern British food and a great atmosphere.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A very good Spanish tapas restaurant with a good bar and outdoor seating area to enjoy the sun.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Indian food. The locals will tell you this is one of the best restaurants in town. Not the cheapest around but not too expensive. The quality is great.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“They are a New up and coming Restaurant in Harrogate, amazing prawn cocktail”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“A really nice, modern and sophisticated yet chilled and relaxing coffee bar that serves great coffee. A good stop if you are going to/from Valley Gardens”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends

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