What's On In Harrogate?
Occupying a prime spot at the very heart of North Yorkshire, Harrogate bills itself as one
of the UK's finest districts for historic, cultural and natural treasures. And little wonder,
when the area is simply bursting with important historic houses, ancient castles, inspiring
abbeys, quaint villages and uniquely English countryside at its finest.
Harrogate has a deserved reputation as one of the best locations for conferences and exhibitions
in the country, and it is this that forms the basis of the region's economy.
The Harrogate International
Centre is the third largest fully integrated conference and exhibition centre in the UK, and one of the
largest in Europe, pumping over £150 million to the local economy annually, and attracts more than
350,000 business visitors every year.
Along with every man-made convenience in the book, visitors to Harrogate can expect to discover
heavenly parks, stunning gardens, leafy boulevards and an old-world ambience it is difficult not
to be entirely swept away by.
Harrogate offers a sublime balance of the quaint and the cosmopolitan - blending quaint mews and
narrow streets with high-end boutiques, restaurants and hotels by the dozen. Along with nearby Knaresborough, Harrogate is widely considered to be the very best of the White Rose County.
A scattering of museums and exhibitions offer insights into the fascinating history of the
Harrogate district and its surrounding areas, which today are among the most beautiful settings
in the UK. For those who want a little more activity on their holiday, there's plenty of rugby and
cricket on offer, as well as rock climbing, which is particularly popular. The indoor climbing centre
at Harrogate Climbing Centre is ideal for beginners, while outdoors head to Almscliffe Crag and
Brimham Rocks for more of a challenge!
Whether hoping to follow in the footsteps of medieval kings or make the most of antique shopping
opportunities unique to Harrogate, the options are simply endless.
And for those looking to indulge a little after a hard day's history, Harrogate is a proud hotbed
of traditional British fare at its finest, with locally produced ales, wines, meats and vegetables
playing staple roles in any number of charming surrounding eateries.