Harrogate Hotels - Prim, proper, and very pretty, Harrogate's a classic Victorian spa town which oozes quintessential English Charm (and is home to Bettys, one of the Queens favored tea rooms). Cast iron lampposts and colourful floral displays line the town's broad streets leading to the 200-acre Stray grassland which wraps itself around the center. The town's got a cosmopolitan vibe to it too, with fashionable boutiques, swanky bars, and well-respected restaurants.
Things to see
Harrogate's Turkish Baths are one of the most historically complete in the UK with marble and mosaic terrazzo floors, high arabesque ceiling decorated in colorful and ornate stencils, awesome vaults, and soaring arches. Here you can follow in the footsteps of the Victorians as you bathe in the waters and indulge in a truly unique spa experience. Just a short stroll away is the old Royal Pump Room Museum which houses the 150-year-old Old Sulphur Well – to this day you can still sample its spa water. An English Heritage Grade II Listed Garden, Valley Gardens sprawls 17 acres of colourfully landscaped grounds. Whites and yellows, pinks and blues, lush green and vibrant reds fill the park wrapping around historic buildings such as the glass-domed Sun Pavilion and the plant covered Colonnades. Over the summer months, the Victorian park plays host to Sunday afternoon concerts, when the sounds of violin strings being plucked and trumpets being blown fill the grounds. Sitting on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, 3 miles from Harrogate is Ripley Castle, a Grade I listed 14th-century country house set in sweeping, perfectly preened grounds. It's here you'll also find Log Heights, a tree-top adventure course full of ropes to swing on, trapezes to catch, zip wires to zoom down and giant ladders to scale.
Hotels in Harrogate
For a fairly small town, Harrogate has an impressive array of hotels. For those looking for luxury, there are elegant period townhouses with champagne bars, award-winning restaurants, and sensuous spa treatments as well as more modern hotels offering business facilities. Mid-range hotels aren't lacking facilities either, with many geared to family stays and offering games rooms and cots on request. There are a number of budget guesthouses in Harrogate, many of which are housed in historic Victorian houses.
Where to stay
The majority of hotels in Harrogate are located smack bang in the middle of town near the station which is ideal for those looking to stay in the heart of things. Overlooking Prospect Garden, Harrogate’s elegant Montpellier Quarter is one of the prettiest parts of the city to stay in and is home to pavement cafes, antique stores and fashionable boutique shops while the east side of the town offers even more greenery with many hotels located near the lush Stray grassland.
How to get to
For those flying to Harrogate, Leeds Bradford Airport is around 12 miles from the spa town which can be easily reached by local bus - a quick, inexpensive way of getting into town. Harrogate Station has direct links with York, Leeds and London Kings Cross, as well as indirect links with various other locations across the UK. Once you arrive in Harrogate, you'll find the town center is pretty compact making exploring on foot a doddle.