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Best things to do in Harrogate

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Tea Room
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“Get there early to beat the queues around the street for Sunday brunch or afternoon tea.”
47 locals recommend
Establishment
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“Wonderful National Trust property, lots to see, can spend a whole day there. ”
37 locals recommend
Park
“You have to stroll through the gardens and then have a cup of tea in Betty's.”
32 locals recommend
Park
“These gardens are just beautiful and are only a 20 minute drive from Spinney. They have the added advantage of a formal Betty's tea room and a Betty's coffee stand inside the gardens. This is not to be missed.”
37 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
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“Amazing huge sculptural rocky outcrops dotted over a large area on the moor above Nidderdale. A great day out for family and great fun for kids”
30 locals recommend
Spa
“Wonderfully relaxing experience and historically significant...well worth a visit about £20. I dare you to take the plunge!”
32 locals recommend
Cinema
“Westgate House, Stationer Parade, HG1 1HQ Tel:0871906 9060 Fabulous brand new cinema, we love it!”
17 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
“Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF Tel: 01423 502116 www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk. A very traditional theatre, one of Harrogate's great institutions, a must. See if you can squeeze in a show or a pantomime! Book in advance.”
17 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“It's a destination, the ur-spa town experience, with art-deco decor and waitresses in black and white uniforms so that it could be the setting for an Agatha Christie murder mystery or a Jeeves and Wooster escapade.”
22 locals recommend
Theme Park
“This is a theme park approximately 30mins away – which features the longest rollercoaster in Europe (The Ultimate!). There is a small zoo and over 40 rides and it is suitable for all ages. There is soft play for babies and more adventurous rides for the more grown ups. It is open from March – November. Please check the website for specific dates and times. ”
12 locals recommend
Establishment
“You have to visit this family owned castle and visit the lovely community in Ripley village. ”
16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best Italian in Harrogate by far! Authentic small plate menu, daily changing menu, very passionate about their food!”
17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Restaurant great wine bar fab bar too but do ring and book - downstairs is more buzzy”
9 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”
8 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!!”
11 locals recommend