What To Do in Harrogate
In and around Harrogate.
Harrogate is a vibrant and stylish place to be: an ideal destination as well as base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park and even the city of York itself.
There are numerous tea rooms and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets; many of them are just a short stroll from our guesthouse. We have a variety of menus to sample including a list of establishments which cater for coeliacs.
Harrogate boasts three theatre venues (Harrogate Theatre, The Royal Hall and The International Conference Theatre) and there is a rich and varied programme throughout the year offering a variety of entertainment to suit all ages, genres and tastes from classical concerts to contemporary rock, Gilbert and Sullivan to comedy.
Here at The Belmont we are also proud to support the North Yorkshire Country Theatre with their wonderful touring productions bringing live theatre to small venues up and down the county. Check their web site for further information
Check out what's on a one of the three theatre venues in Harrogate. There is the 500 seat beautiful Victorian theatre, the stunning 100 seat Edwardian Royal hall and the contemporary auditorium in the International Conference centre.
Harrogate is an award winning Britain in bloom town and visitors cannot fail to be impressed by the gardens and flowers in and around the town. Jo and Mike invariably advise guests to take a stroll along the delightful Valley Gardens, close to the Mercer Art gallery and the Pump Room Museum – just a short walk from the guest house. For those with serious green fingers a visit to Harlow Carr Gardens – the most northerly of the Royal Horticultural Gardens, only a short car ride away.
Many of our guests enjoy a visit to the original Turkish baths. Spend a relaxing several hours in the steam and hot rooms - not forgetting the ice cold plunge bath – before wandering off to the many pubs, bars and restaurants the town has to offer.
How Stean Gorge is one of the most exciting places to visit. It is an s spectacular limestone ravine carved out over thousands of years by waterflow and is the perfect location for outdoor activities such as caving, rock climbing and abseiling.
On a summers’ day there can be no better place to visit than Bolton Abbey. The inspiring views of the river Wharf as it passes the serene ruins of Bolton Abbey is one of the most inspiring views in the whole of Yorkshire – perhaps even England. This is where Fiery Freddie Truman chose to be buried. Sitting on the grass eating an ice cream – well, things don’t get much better.
Kids as well as adults love it here. Explore Brimham Rocks, and have a great day out among the amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations left as a permanent reminder of the last great ice age. Look out for some fantastically shaped rocks. Spot the Dancing Bear, The Eagle and The Gorilla, crawl through The Smartie Tube and balance on the Rocking Stones.
Bill Bryson lived in Malham for a while and referred to it as ‘heaven on earth’. The large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement on top of the cove is a strange pattern rarely seen in England. It has been attracting visitors for centuries but nowadays visitors are a mixture of geology students and Harry Potter fans.
Visiting York is a must for any tourist both familiar and new to the area and staying in Harrogate has the distinct advantage of beating the heavy traffic there by using either the direct train service or the new Park and Ride conveniently situated on the A59 Harrogate to York road.
What’s On In Harrogate -2015
- A taste of what’s happening in and around Harrogate this year.
- Theakstones Old Peculiar Crime Writing Restival 16th July
- Great Yorkshire Show 14th July
- Gilbert & Sullivan Festival 1st August
- Autumn Flower Show 18th September
- Harrogate Comedy Festival 13th October