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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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“Famous traditional English Tea Room – can get very busy. There are 2 Bettys Tea Tooms in Harrogate one in the centre on Parliament St and the other is at Harlow Carr (see below) which can be reached by a short walk through Valley Gardens and the Pinewoods.”
44 locals recommend
Park
“This is a truly beautiful spot just outside of Harrogate. There’s also a Betty’s there for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas.”
38 locals recommend
Park
“Grade II listed gardens which includes tennis courts, pitch & putt, crazy golf, boating pool, paddling pool and children’s play area”
34 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
Movie Theater
“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.”
15 locals recommend
Theater
“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.”
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
Restaurant
“Best Italian in Harrogate by far! Authentic small plate menu, daily changing menu, very passionate about their food!”
15 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!!”
11 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
Establishment
“Venue that hosts events, conferences and shows all year round. Check out the Harrogate Convention Centre website for details on what's on during your stay.”
9 locals recommend
Cafe
“The Scandi themed food, cakes and coffee are great. Better value than Betty’s and super tasty”
9 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
Park
“100 acres of grass land surrounding the South and West of the Town centre. A great place for a stroll and some fresh air ”
7 locals recommend
Establishment
“Iconic spa theatre/concert hall with a wide variety of music, concerts and productions. ”
7 locals recommend