Harrogate is a popular spa town with lots of interesting places to visit, including historical buildings, museums and theatre, along with parks and attractive surrounding countryside. For entertainment in the town, The Grade II listed Royal Hall is home to a large variety of performances which include opera, classical music, ballet, comedy, jazz and children’s shows, and you can watch a film at the Odeon Cinema. For a meal out, there are many restaurants and with diverse cuisines to suit a variety of different tastes, along with lots of pubs and bars for an enjoyable evening out.
If you’re shopping, there’s a good choice of shops in the town, which includes the Victoria Shopping Centre that has a large selection of stores. For business, you’ll find a range of conference venues including those at the Harrogate International Centre and Yorkshire Event Centre, and for international air travel, the nearest airport is Leeds Bradford Airport.
Harrogate Car Hire
Wherever you are in Harrogate, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Harrogate car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Here are some suggestions for places you could visit while in Harrogate:
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
You can visit this large, beautiful garden where you’ll see many varied landscapes and colourful flower and plants. The features include a picturesque streamside garden with bridges and waterfalls, glass alpine house, kitchen garden with herbs and vegetables, and the garden area also includes meadows and woods.
You can have a tour around this Castle and learn about the rich and eventful history of the building and the Ingilby family. Visitors can admire the grand rooms and features which include elegant Chippendale furniture, the Library where Oliver Cromwell was once held prisoner, and the Knights Chamber with the impressive ceiling made of oak in the 1500’s and armoury collection from the English Civil War. You can also see the Walled Gardens which include colourful displays of flowers and herbs, and the pleasure grounds with trees, flowers and a play area for children.
Not far from Harrogate is this interesting museum where you can see collections relating to the history of the area with several rooms with different scenes and subjects such as a Victorian living room and kitchen, First and Second World Wars, a cobbler’s workshop, costumes from the 1800’s and 1900’s and Yorkshire transport.
St. Wilfred’s Church
You can visit this Church which was built in the early 1900’s by Temple Moore and is a Grade I listed building. Visitors can see the impressive architecture and features such as the stained glass windows, attractive statues and Grade II listed organ.
Royal Pump Room Museum
Visitors can see this former sulphur well where many people used to come for spa treatments and learn about the history of the well and who some of the visitors were, including a Russian Tsarina. You can also see interesting displays including Egyptian exhibits and shops from days gone by.
Mercer Art Gallery
At this Gallery you can see exhibitions of fine art which includes paintings from the 1800’s and 1900’s, along with exhibitions of works such as sculpture, paintings and various crafts by both local and national artists.
Lightwater Valley Theme Park
Not far from Harrogate is this Theme Park for a fun day out with all the family, which includes a variety of rides and attractions such as roller coasters, river rapids ride and water chutes, and attractions for younger children include tractor and train rides, farmyard animals, slides, tunnels and a pop circus.
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