Harrogate is a jewel in Yorkshire’s crown!  Perfect for just a weekend break – but with plenty to keep you entertained for a much longer stay!

This elegant town has enjoyed a fashionable reputation as “the in place” to visit since the Georgians first promenaded in the Valley Gardens (now an English Heritage Grade II listed site) after taking the spa waters!  This put Harrogate firmly on the map and it’s been a chic destination for visitors from all over the world ever since – and they are never disappointed.

Where to stay in Harrogate – the best selection of self catering properties

We can offer a wide range of self catering Harrogate accommodation from holiday apartments to town houses – we even have cottages (why not try Teapot Cottage for size?)!  Whether you are looking for an apartment just for two (St Mary’s Apartment or Harrogate Central Suites fit the bill), a townhouse for 8 (take a look at Station Town House or Belmont House) or a group of apartments in Harrogate for a larger gathering (Parliament Street Apartments are right in the centre of town), we have the very widest choice of Harrogate accommodation.

What to do in Harrogate?

If you love to shop – enticing window displays of major high street and independent retailers alike line the wide Victorian boulevards of the upper town and the intimate cobbled streets and Georgian buildings at the bottom of the Pier head.  It’s the perfect place to browse and select that perfect gift for a loved one – or perhaps even an indulgence for yourself. 

Antique and art lovers will find plenty to enjoy with a thriving community of antique and art shops as well as regular art and antiques fairs attracting dealers from far and wide.

The best places to eat and drink in Harrogate

And for when you have shopped until you drop – revive yourself in one of the many restaurants, cafes and bars – expect to find many well known and loved eateries, along with refreshing individual offerings from artisan coffee shops and craft bakeries to restaurants influenced by every continent under the sun.  Bean and Bud coffee shop, La Feria and Norse restaurants and of course the world renowned Bettys Tearoom are among our favourites. 

A thriving calendar of events

There’s plenty to please the culture vulture with a packed arts calendar during the year, including the Harrogate International Festival, Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writer’s Festival, the Comedy Festival and the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival,  bringing  fans from across the globe to packed houses in the Theatre, Royal Hall and International Centre.

Thousands of visitors flock to Harrogate’s Yorkshire Event Centre and Harrogate International Centre each year for their hugely popular calendar of events, including the Spring and Autumn Flower shows and the Great Yorkshire Show – both winning prizes for the biggest and best in class!  

Take time out!

And if you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the town, there are plenty of glorious green spaces – the 200 acre open parkland known as the Stray is protected by Ancient Charter and extends right into the centre of town – whilst RHS Harlow Carr, located on the western edge of Harrogate, is easily accessible by bus.

So what are you waiting for – there’s so much to do if you book a self catering break in Harrogate – the perfect holiday cottage, apartment or town house is just a phone call or the click of a mouse away!


Local Attractions in Harrogate


The Royal Pump Room Museum is a small yet interesting museum which explains the history of Harrogate, which is heavily influenced by it's spa water. The museum is housed in an elegant Victorian building where over 15,000 visitors used to "take the waters" at the height of its popularity.

The museum houses fascinating artefacts pertinant to Harrogate's history as well as a wealth of Egyptology gifted by benefactors from the town. It costs less than five pounds for entry and the staff are really friendly. A trip to the Royal Pump Museum would work really well with a stroll round Harrogate's beautiful park The Valley Gardens. Visit here for further details.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate.


A really great way to spend the day.  You will be guided around the cultural centre of Harrogate stopping to taste some delicious local Yorkshire Fare at several independent eateries.

You will discover all about the history and sights of the town and also experience its vibrant foodie scene.    Learn about the people behind the food and enjoy getting to know this beautiful spa town just a little bit better.

A cultural and culinary experience which takes three hours and includes all tastings.  We recommend only having a small breakfast beforehand!   Starts at Starling Independent Beer and Coffee House in the town centre.


The valley Gardens is the the main park in Harrogate, there are beautiful flower displays, a cafe, a superb playground and skate park. There is also crazy golf and tennis courts available for hire. Within easy walking distance of Harrogate town it's well worth a visit.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate.


Enjoy Harrogate's stunning open parkland which surrounds the town, it's a fantastic green space ideal for walks and picnics. At special times of the year there's events to enjoy on The Stray, big open air cinema screens, Christmas markets and even the final stage of Le Tour de France in July 2014.


Harrogate has a wealth of bars and restaurants to choose from. At Harrogate Holidays we particularly enjoy coffee overlooking The Stray in Weeton's deli or at the world famous Betty's, (the one at Harlow Carr RHS is usually a little quieter than the town centre one). If you enjoy food from the Pacific Rim, The Orchid is superb and Cardomom Black is a fantastic upmarket Indian resturant - who freshly cook their dishes to suit your palette. There's a superb fine dining at the award winning Norse restuarant (which doubles as a superb Scandi cafe during the day called Balterzens). There's also lots of high end restaurant chains in Harrogate, such as Cau, Cote & Carluccios.


A visit to the area would not be complete without a trip to the world famous tea rooms - Betty's. The service is continous and into the evening in the Harrogate Cafe, but our advice would be to miss the queues by choosing an off peak time. Breakfast is simply delicious and afternoon tea sublime. There's a shop selling some of the best bakery products you'll ever taste - what could be nicer than a relaxing breakfast in your holiday property with Betty's bread and trimmings (our favourite is the mouse bread). The Cafe in town is full of old world glamour but for a more relaxed experience the cafe at Harlow Carr RHS Gardens is gorgeous, overlooking the award winning gardens, it's also great for children.

Visit here for details.


We can't recommend a visit to Harrogate Turkish Baths, highly enough, just take time out from the rat race and be transported back to the Victorian era. The baths were designed and built by the Victorians inspired by Moorish design with great Islamic arches and screens. Plan to spend around three hours in the baths, where you can spend time alternating between the hot chambers and the invigorating plunge pool. There are also beauty treatments available at the baths. We would encourage you to visit their website to look at the session times and book in advance at busier times.

Visit here for more details.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate.


Harrogate Convention Centre is a great place to hold exhibitions or conferences. With a range of facilities the centre can meet most business requirements - whether its a small meeting, a trade exhibition or a consumer show Harrogate Convention Centre has the expertise. As the HCC is located so centrally with Harrogate and we have many apartments and town houses that are located within easy walking distance, with WiFi and parking.


Built just at the end of the 18th Century, Harrogate Theatre continues to make a vital contribution to the artistic life of the town.   It attracts a wide variety of touring companies, produces home-grown productions (including the hugely popular Christmas pantomime), hosts one off highlights and is home to the cult Hyena Lounge Comedy Club, showcasing well known performers alongside up and coming stars of the future.

Visit here for more details.

Photo courtesy of Harrogate Theatre.


The Yorkshire Event Centre is home to the Great Yorkshire Show - the biggest agricultural show in the North of England attracting 130000 visitors in July of each year.

The event is a shop window for the agricultural industry as well as a great day out for the family.

Visit here for more details.


Prologue Performance Cycling is a new hub for road cycling in central Harrogate combining expert coaching, scientific fitness testing, a workshop offering custom builds, servicing and a treatment room for cycle specific therapies. Just as crucially - they have a fantastic cafe where cyclists, groups, clubs and friends can gather pre-, during or post-ride to enjoy scrumptious food and drink sourced from some of North Yorkshire's top producers. Visit their website here.

VO Cycling, located in Darley hire-out the acclaimed Trek Emonda road bike and Saracen mountain-bikes locally. Vern will deliver the bikes to your holiday property. Don't know the local roads and trails? Their experienced ride leader can guide you over some of the most scenic routes in North Yorkshire. 

Visit their website here.

Photograph with kind permission from VO Cycling.


Harrogate is well served by road and rail transport links. Regular trains run to York and Leeds and thereafter connections are available to all nationwide destinations.

Please click here to view the timetables.


As well as having attracted many of the larger High Street retailers to Harrogate, the town is home to a wealth of delightful independent stores to browse at your leisure offering fashion, homewares and antiques, locally produced food, jewellery and much more. 

Make a bee line for the Montpellier Quarter, Westminster Arcade and West Park where many of these select retailers can be found.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate.


There are many Golf Courses to chose from when you're visiting Harrogate. Some of the many are:

Oakdale Golf Club in Oakdale, Harrogate Golf Club in Harrogate, Rudding Park Golf Course in Follifoot and Knaresborough Golf Course on the outskirts of Knaresborough. The local tourist board has also collated a golf pass if you wish to play at 3 or 5 rounds of golf, which is available to purchase via the tourist board, click here to see the details.



Discover the beauty, culture and character of Yorkshire during your stay with a day out or a guided tour. Or take the hassle out of planning with a bespoke tour - chosen to tick all your needs.

With Real Yorkshire Tours, visit historic houses, abbeys and monasteries. Also enjoy the places the Bronte sisters wrote about, follow in the historic footsteps of Captain James Cook or visit the sites the iconic movie Calendar Girls was filmed.

With YorTours, enjoy the historic city of York or Sheffield's industrial heritage, and the beautiful coastline of Whitby. Follow the 2014 route of Le Tour de France, or go back in time and visit the Roman lead mines.

Photo courtesy of Real Yorkshire Tours.


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