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Harrogate Places to Visit

Newby Hall

newbyA visit to Newby Hall is another opportunity for a full day out in the Ripon area.

The family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, Newby Hall is an exceptional example of 18th-century interior decoration and one of Englands finest Robert Adam houses. Built in the 1690s and enlarged and adapted in the 18th century, Newby Hall epitomises the Georgian "Age of Elegance". The early history of Newby leaves gaps from the thirteenth century, when it was recorded as the property of the Nubie family, who took their name from the place, to the seventeenth century when Newby belonged to Sir Jordan Crossland, appointed Governor of Scarborough Castle by Charles II. His son sold the estate to Sir Edward Blackett, who had become Member of Parliament for Ripon in 1689. Blackett demolished the old house, which stood much closer to the river, and built the main block of the present house during the 1690s.

Here, you can explore 25 acres of award winning gardens, stroll through the woodland walk and, from June 1st, take in the delights of the contemporary sculpture trail. Its a fantastic place for young people and children too. The adventure garden includes a fort, raft and wobbly bridge, not to mention the paddling pool, swing boats and miniature railway, which runs alongside the River Ure. Look out for summer events throughout the year at Newby Hall including craft fairs and the historic vehicle rally.


Fountains Abbey

fountainsFountains Abbey with Studley Royal Water Garden, four miles west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, is of outstanding historic and aesthetic importance.

Attracting approximately 300,000 visitors a year, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is the National Trust's most visited pay-for-entry property. Acquired by the Trust from North Yorkshire County Council in 1983, it was declared a World Heritage site in 1987.

Enjoy the sight of 500 wild deer in the medieval park and imagine life in the 18th century as you stroll around the elegant Georgian Water Garden with its canal, temple and surprise views.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a World Heritage Site and one of the most remarkable sites in Europe. Give yourself plenty of time to explore spectacular remains of this 12th century Cistercian abbey, rare monastic water mill, over 800 years old, an Elizabethan mansion, and one of the best surviving examples of a Georgian green water garden. Elegant ornamental lakes, avenues, temples and cascades provide a succession of unforgettable eye-catching vistas in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. St Mary's Church, built by William Burges in the 19th century, provides a dramatic focal point to the medieval deer park with over 600 deer.


Brimham Rocks

brimhamBetween Pateley Bridge and Ripon, lie the spectacular Brimham Rocks. This surreal landscape of weird and wonderful rock formations is accessible to visitors; a short climb is rewarded by breathtaking views across the Yorkshire Dales. Drive through Upper Nidderdale past the blue expanse of Gouthwaite Reservoir, well known for its Bird Sanctuary and you come to How Stean Gorge, or 'Yorkshire's Little Switzerland'. A dramatic limestone cleft plummets as far as 80 feet in some places with bridges and pathways providing a variety of walks.


Bettys Tea Rooms - Harrogate Town Centre



The story of Bettys began in Harrogate in 1919 and we’ve been welcoming locals and visitors to our café tea rooms ever since.

Before you enter, it’s worth pausing under the wrought iron canopy to feast your eyes on the mouth-watering window displays that vary with the season. Once inside the shop you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 300 breads, cakes and chocolates, as well as 50 different teas and coffees.


Town Centre Bettys

1 Parliament Street

+44 (0)1423 814070

Bettys Tea Rooms - Harlow Carr Gardens


Our Café Tea Rooms at the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr in Harrogate offer all the delights of a visit to Bettys – delicious cakes, dainty pastries, freshly baked bread and of course, the high standards and friendly smiles – but in a very different location.

The 58-acre garden can be found on the south-western outskirts of Harrogate, and is home to peaceful woodland, meadows, flower gardens and seven historical gardens from the BBC series ‘Gardens Through Time’. As it’s located alongside rather than inside, you don’t have to pay to enter the gardens in order to visit Bettys.

Crag Lane

+44 (0)1423 505604


RHS Harlow Carr Gardens


Harlow Carr seeks to push the boundaries of design and planting styles, creating displays that are beautiful to the eye. Gardening techniques that respect the environment are used to ensure that flourishing wildlife can also be enjoyed on a visit to the garden. Harlow Carr is a stunning place to meet friends, bring the family and enjoy a leisurely stroll you can also enjoy Bettys at Harlow Carr.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane
North Yorkshire

Opening times:
Open all year, except Christmas Day, 9.30am-6pm (4pm Nov-Feb inc).

RHS Members (+ 1 family guest): free
Adult: £7, Child 6 -16: £2.50, Child under 6 years: free, Student: £3
Groups (10+) £6 each


Harrogate Climbing Centre



Harrogate Climbing Centre is Yorkshire's premier indoor climbing centre. Based on Harrogate's Hornbeam Park, within striking distance of Leeds, York, Skipton and the whole of North Yorkshire; HCC opened in February 2010 and provides the area's finest climbing resource.

Harrogate Climbing Centre's comfortable, friendly atmosphere means that you will be right at home no matter what your climbing goal may be; just to get off the ground, summit Everest or to lead climb 8a.

With outstanding catering and retail facilities, Harrogate Climbing Centre is a great hub for the local climbing community. We aim to provide a great year-round social, health and training facility, whilst also being on-hand for those days when you are rained-off Almscliffe or Brimham.

John Dunne and the team look forward to welcoming you to the Harrogate Climbing Centre!

climbingwallOpening Hours

Mon-Fri: 10-10pm
Sun: 10-6pm

Tel: 01423 815024


Valley Gardens & Park

The Valley Gardens, located in the heart of Harrogate, is famous for its beauty and is highly regarded throughout the United Kingdom.


Valley Gardens and the adjacent Pinewoods in Harrogate comprise about 17 acres of park, woodland, and floral displays. It is believed that a greater number of mineral springs come to the surface in Valley Gardens than in any other known location on earth. 36 of Harrogate’s 88 mineral wells are found within the gardens, with no two being alike. The floral displays are spectacular and include a rhododendron area, a magnificent dahlia garden and seasonal bedding displays that are re-planted throughout the year.


The gardens give you a great place to walk, relax in the sun and also has a great cafe, toilets and a fabulous play park for children, here are some photos of the the park and gardens. It's a great place for children to get rid of some energy and exercise dogs.



Harrogate International Centre


Experience Entertainment at Harrogate International Centre

HIC is an established favourite with music, comedy, dance, drama, classical concert and children’s entertainment promoters.

With a 2,000-seater state-of-the-art auditorium it attract some great events to Harrogate


The Royal Hall

RoyalHCurt Harrogate’s Royal Hall, a stunning Edwardian Theatre built in 1903, is a venue for events, arts and entertainment.

Restored to its original magnificence and the glittering jewel in Harrogate International Centre's crown, this has to be the ultimate backdrop for sophisticated banquets, memorable conferences and magical shows. Seating 1000, this “Palace of Glittering Gold” and Northern Cultural Centre provides the perfect setting for banquets, conferences, concerts and shows.

Check out whats on at The Royal hall here


The Royal Baths


Prepare yourself for the relaxation experience of a lifetime...
A Turkish Baths ritual is a journey of heating, cooling and cleansing the body, promoting a sense of relaxation and a clear mind.  At the end of the session many of our clients say they feel exhilaration, euphoria, total relaxation and absolute cleanliness.
Steam Room
This hot room with high levels of humidity, combined with eucalyptus infused steam, allows your body to relax, melts away tension in the muscles and opens pores helping to eliminate toxins.
The Heated Chambers
Tepidarium (Warm Room)
A heat warms the body. This room prepares your body for the hotter Chambers.
Calidarium (Hot Room)
The intermediate heated room allowing the warmth to continue its therapeutic effect on the musculature.
Laconium (hottest Room)
A more relaxing, less intense environment than a modern sauna, the Laconium purifies and detoxifies the body by opening the pores and stimulating the circulation.
Plunge Pool
Brace yourself when you immerse your body in this cold invigorating pool. The change in temperature on the body improves circulation, flushes out toxins in the muscles and provides a toning effect.
Relaxation Room
Spend 30 minutes cooling down in the elegant Frigidarium to round off the Turkish experience.
Throughout the Turkish Baths there are showers to wash away any impurities on the body and prepare your skin for the next experience.
01423 556746

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