Harrogate Visitor information
An Introduction to Harrogate
Harrogate is a spa town in North Yorkshire, England. The spa water contains iron, sulphur and common salt. The town became known as 'The English Spa' in the Georgian Era, after its waters were first discovered in the 16th century, three wells were found over 2 centuries, and the Spa's were often used to treat illnesses.
Things to do in Harrogate
The Royal Hall Theatre and the Harrogate International Centre are two venues hosting internationally acclaimed events. Harrogate Theatre also offers a varied programme, including the annual Comedy Festival held every autumn.
The Royal Pump Room Museum brings the history of the area to life from bizarre spa treatments used by the Victorians and Europe's strongest sulphur well. Harrogate's Turkish Baths include saunas, a spa pool and a toning plunge pool. There is a Heritage Spa Trail that you can follow.
Travelling to Harrogate
Exit from the A1 motorway at Junction 47 signposted Knaresborough and follow Harrogate signs.
The town is served by four railway stations: Harrogate, Hornbeam Park, Pannal and Starbeck.
By Coach and Bus
Buses are every 15 minutes between Harrogate, Ripon and Leeds, with Arriva running most local buses. National Express runs coaches to Harrogate.
The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford International Airport and via train Manchester Airport is also accessible.