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It’s Official – Harrogate is a Happy Town
According to a recent Rightmove survey, published on 4 December 2019, Harrogate is the second happiest place to live in the UK. Having clinched the top spot in previous years, it cannot be disputed that Harrogate is, indeed, a fabulous place in which to live and work. The Rightmove surveys are based on responses from local residents, and it would appear that Harrogate folk are in love with their town!
From beautiful, open spaces including the fabulous Stray and Valley Gardens to the stunning architecture of the Royal Hall and Turkish Baths, it is easy to see the appeal of this Victorian spa town.
Adorned with many a café and restaurant and host to growing international businesses, Harrogate is a town that has something for everyone. Whether you fancy a delectable afternoon tea at the famous Bettys or a glass of champagne at Gino D’Acampo’s rooftop terrace-bar, the town caters to all tastes.
It is elegant, buzzing and thriving. At The Harrogate Guide, we are passionate about promoting all this gem of a town has to offer. We provide information about places to visit, local events, news stories, job opportunities and more. Whatever you need; you’ll find it in our guide.
For locals, it’s a ‘one-stop-shop’ to all that is happening right now in the town. You will find information about upcoming events such as the Tour de Yorkshire 2020 alongside local interest stories. The contactless payment terminal that was set up outside Marks and Spencer on Oxford Street, to help those sleeping rough.
The Harrogate Guide serves not only the people of Harrogate but also those looking to visit and spend time in the town. There is an abundance of information on the best places to explore and where to rest your head for the night.
Harrogate attracts over 200,000 visitors a year, not only through its reputation as a beautiful place to visit but because of the array of events on offer. The International Convention Centre puts on trade shows, concerts, comedy stand-ups, fairs, exhibitions and entertainment all year round. Harrogate also has an excellent reputation for hosting international sporting events such as the Tour de Yorkshire and more, recently, the UCI Road World Championships. The UCI event was seen by a TV audience of 250 million.
Things to Do & Places to see in Harrogate
Bettys is a Yorkshire institution, an elegant, traditional café opened nearly a century ago by a Swiss confectioner. Think silver cake stands, staff in period costume, tea galore and a view of the pretty Montpelier Gardens. Click Here for More Details
Harrogate Turkish baths the jewel in Harrogate’s crown. A beautifully designed steam room, plunge pool and spa with Moorish mosaics and terrazzo floors. Click Here for More Details
The Fat Badger A Victorian-style lofty-ceilinged pub with taxidermy and oil paintings galore.
Why go? For the hearty Sunday lunch which you can eat in a cosy wooden booth. Click Here for More Details
Major Tom’s Social An independent café and bar tucked down a Harrogate street selling craft beer, real ale and stone-baked pizza. Click Here for More Details
Nidderdale Museum a quaint community-run museum in an old work-house telling the story of the local people and history of the Yorkshire Dales. Click Here for More Details
Brimham Rocks a National Trust site of strange 30-foot high rock formations balancing on top of each other. The boulders have alluring names like The Sphinx, The Watchdog, The Camel, The Turtle and The Dancing Bear. Click Here for More Details
RHS Garden Harlow Carr a gorgeous 58-acre garden and woodland at the foot of the Yorkshire Dales. . It’s full of incredible colourful plants and flowers from around the world – and it smells better than any perfume. Click Here for More Details
Blues Café Bar a friendly, buzzy café with quality live music every night. Why go? By day it’s a top-class café for lunch and tea and by night it has jazz and blues bands playing. Click Here for More Details
Mercer Art Gallery a well-curated collection of 19th and 20th century art featuring artists William Powell Frith, John Atkinson Grimshaw, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dame Laura Knight and Alan Davie. Click Here for More Details
Hales Bar The oldest pub in Harrogate, built around 1827 Hales bar feels genuinely historic, with gas lighting making for a cosy atmosphere. Click Here for More Details