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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.”
44local recommendations
Establishment
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“This beautiful World Heritage Site is only 3 miles from us and is well worth a visit.”
35local recommendations
Park
“You have to stroll through the gardens and then have a cup of tea in Betty's.”
32local recommendations
Park
“You will find another Betty's restaurant/Café here right next to the gardens, its a nice walk from Valley Gardens to here. ”
35local recommendations
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”
29local recommendations
Spa
“Wonderfully relaxing experience and historically significant...well worth a visit about £20. I dare you to take the plunge!”
31local recommendations
Cinema
“Comfy sofas, with food and drinks delivered to your seats, and actually a really nice bar that you can just go and have a drink in, and look out over town.”
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History Museum
“Interesting history of Harrogate as a spa town and great location for Seeing the best parts of the town.”
17local recommendations
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.”
17local recommendations
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.”
22local recommendations
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. ”
11local recommendations
Establishment
“You have to visit this family owned castle and visit the lovely community in Ripley village. ”
15local recommendations
Restaurant
“Best Italian in Harrogate by far! Authentic small plate menu, daily changing menu, very passionate about their food!”
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Restaurant
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“Restaurant great wine bar fab bar too but do ring and book - downstairs is more buzzy”
9local recommendations
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”
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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!!”
10local recommendations