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About Harrogate

Harrogate is a charming spa town, known for its ‘health giving’ spring waters, the glorious Georgian and Victorian architecture that sprang up around the springs in their heyday, and for its gardens — the Royal Horticultural Society’s Harlow Carr Gardens are on the western edge of town. The best places to stay in Harrogate range from charming B&Bs to large and elegant hotels, with facilities and amenities for all whether you're looking for a family holiday or a romantic getaway.

If you are planning a couples' break, the Montpellier Quarter is a good place to start; these pedestrianised streets are where you’ll find many of Harrogate’s antique shops, art galleries, jewellers and boutiques. As well as numerous bars, cafes and restaurants. Next on the agenda for couples might be a spa treatment, a visit to the Pump Museum or a stroll around Harrogate’s impressive parks and gardens.

Don’t discount Harrogate for a family holiday either, Betty’s world famous tea rooms are a favourite with all ages, and many of the parks and gardens are designed for play as well as beauty. This part of the countryside is a good option for keen walkers — you’re on the doorstep of the stunning Yorkshire Dales, which is a wonderful landscape for any outdoor enthusiast. These appeals have made the town a popular weekend, or mini-break destination, and many of the best places to stay in Harrogate are fashionable and romantically decorated, with great restaurants and bars. But the thing they all have in common is that they'll be very busy in the peak summer months. So get organised and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Harrogate

For a Country House Hotel

  • Rudding Park is a grandly glorious country house hotel just outside Harrogate, with long lawns, huge windows and just the right number of pillars. Inside are 90 rooms and suites, including some family-sized suites, plus a choice of three restaurants — one with 3 AA Rosettes. Outside there’s a swimming pool, golf course and a spa. The decor is exemplary country house hotel style, complete with chandeliers, antiques, fine fabrics, roll-top baths, and original artwork.
  • Goldsborough Hall is a Grade II listed stately home, also just outside Harrogate. Now that it’s become a hotel it offers 12 guest rooms, plus a fine-dining restaurant specialising in local produce. This is the sort of hotel where all the rooms are individually decorated, and some feature antique four-poster beds and original oil paintings.

For a chic stay

  • Harrogate’s Hotel du Vin & Bistro has been created from a Georgian townhouse row, so it’s elegant on the outside, with that slightly more industrial Hotel du Vin edge to the interiors. The award-winning cuisine is typical Hotel du Vin, as is the champagne and claret bar, and the pool table in the snug.

For Romance

  • The Ascot House Hotel is a charming Victorian townhouse in an historic part of Harrogate, now turned 19 room hotel. Each of the rooms is individually decorated — with grandeur if you want it, but unfussy options too. The restaurant offers a fine dining experience, and there’s a relaxed bar area. We recommend couples book the Turret Room.
  • The West Park Hotel looks traditional on the outside, but is contemporary inside. There's a spacious bar and restaurant, with parquet flooring, plenty of light and mirrors, and pops of turquoise. Upstairs are 25 rooms and suites, all uniquely decorated, but all feeling smart and luxurious. The rooms at the front of the hotel have views over The Stay, and its 200 acres of open parkland.

For Families

  • The St George Hotel has been converted from an Edwardian mansion block, and now offers 90 rooms and suites in a range of sizes — some well suited for families. The decoration was a collaboration with Country Living magazine, so a flick through its pages will let you know to expect traditional furnishings in an array of county chic colours, and a cosy, welcoming atmosphere.The restaurant champions local produce.
  • The White Hart Hotel is a luxurious property converted from an elegant Grade II listed Georgian building in a smart quarter of Harrogate, just opposite a green space. There are 61 rooms and suites, all decorated in a range of traditional and contemporary styles (if you fancy a four-poster bed here’s your opportunity). There are also apartment options, with one, two, three, or four bedrooms — so ideal for families. There are two restaurants onsite, a pub, and The Fat Badger Grill.

For Walkers

  • Cold Cotes is a collection of converted farm buildings just a few miles north of Harrogate, with eight spacious guest rooms complete with their own private entrances and oak beamed ceilings. All around are gardenThe rooms are surrounded by the property's gardens, and the peace is maintained by the adults only policy. No restaurant, but they do serve breakfast.

Best B&Bs

  • Teardrop Cottage is a pretty period property built right up against an old viaduct in the town of Knaresborough, just outside Harrogate. The cottage has been re-imagined inside as a three bedroom B&B, with rather opulent, romantic details, and a small hot tub spa. The ground floor room has a private terrace with a wonderful view of the viaduct. It’s possible to rent out the whole cottage.

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Travel Information

  • Harrogate’s closest airport is Leeds Bradford Airport, which is around 20 minutes away by car or taxi, or about 25 minutes by bus. This part of North Yorkshire is served by both the CrossCountry and East Coast train lines, with the closest major stations in Leeds and York. If you’re travelling from London, or via London, the direct train leaves from Kings Cross and takes just under three hours.
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  • Harrogate is known for its gardens, and lovely surrounding countryside, so for the full Harrogate experience you should visit in spring or summer. The colours of autumn are spectacular also, though, and winter has its own appeals, so don’t be put off if you have to miss the floral season. Harrogate’s architecture, its spa facilities and restaurants, boutiques and galleries, and the beauty of the region, are year round and there’s plenty to do indoors if the weather is wet.

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Best Hotels in Harrogate

  • St George Hotel Harrogate 90 rooms from £65

    Country Escape  -  An Edwarardian house that has been refurbed in collaboration with Country Living magazine. Enjoy British rural chic at its best
    Local exploring  -  In a good position for exploring the town and surrounds, or visiting shows and events at the Royal Hall and conference centre
    Great walks  -  The Nidderdale Way is a beautiful 53 mile circular walk beginning and ending in Pateley Bridge
    Sights nearby  -  The Harrogate Turkish Baths and Valley Gardens are within a 5 minutes walk from the hotel
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    An Edwardian mansion with classy country-chic decor. Interiors feature soft tones, statement furniture (either distressed or flamboyant) while the rooms are chic and homely. Plus there's a good restaurant championing Yorkshire produce and dogs are welcome too. See More

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  • Ascot House Hotel Harrogate 19 rooms from £67

    Active Holiday  -  The Yorkshire Dales are easily accessible making this a great base for those on a walking or cycling getaway
    Local exploring  -  There's plenty to do locally in Harrogate including museums, theatre, and relaxing in traditional baths
    Romantic Break  -  For couples, book the atmospheric Turret Room which comes with a romantically draped bed and fireplace
    Boutique  -  Expect a contemporary take on traditional British style making this a very chic boutique stay
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    A stunning Victorian town house, now boutique hotel, located in historic Harrogate. A handful of chic rooms are individually styled with plush headboards, heavy draped fabrics, crisp white linen and enormous windows. A fine dining restaurant and atmospheric bar lounge make this a fabulous stay. See More

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  • The White Hart Hotel Harrogate 61 rooms from £107

    Local exploring  -  A grand historic property in the heart of Harrogate with both the town's sights and surrounding countryside within easy access
    Foodies  -  Choose between the traditional pub or the award-winning Fat Badger Grill for meals - both very good
    Families  -  The option to book one of the two, three or four bedroom serviced apartments is ideal for families
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the privately owned Ripley Castle
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    A luxurious hotel in an impressive grade II-listed Georgian house in the smartest quarter of Harrogate. Spacious rooms are cleanly designed with a mix of contemporary and traditional styles. Boasting two fabulous restaurants, one fine-dining, one more relaxed. Ideal for indulgent weekend breaks. See More

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  • Teardrop Cottage Harrogate 3 rooms from £110

    Romantic Break  -  The groundfloor room has french doors leading onto a private terrace complete with a hot tub - ideal for a couples' escape
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly positioned on the river and beneath the viaduct in the heart of the spa town of Knaresborough
    Historic  -  A former croft, the cottage dates back 300-years and has bags of character
    Groups  -  With just three rooms, this is a good option to rent out in its entirety
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    A historic property turned B&B, situated on the River Nidd and below the towering viaduct in the spa town of Knaresborough. Filled with charming quirks throughout, the property's character has not been lost in the renovation. Manned by a delightful host who is always willing to give local tips. See More

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  • Cold Cotes Harrogate 8 rooms from £119

    Total relaxation  -  A peaceful small B&B set in two acres of garden. The position and adult-only policy make this a great choice for a quiet escape
    Country Escape  -  There are several country pursuits in the area including walking trails, clay pigeon shooting, golf, and fishing
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to explore the historic sites of Harrogate as well as the surrounding countryside
    Intimate  -  Each room has its own private entrance making this an intimate hideaway
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    Cold Cotes is a charming B&B just a few miles north of Harrogate. Set in renovated farm buildings, the guesthouse features excellent rooms and a lovely garden to relax in. A great launchpad for exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding Harrogate. See More

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  • West Park Hotel Harrogate (North Yorkshire) 25 rooms from £136

    Boutique  -  A well converted coaching inn offering an atmospheric restaurant, chic modern design, & little luxuries like L'Occitane products
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned surrounded by upmarket shops, pubs and delicatessens and within walking distance to the town centre
    Short break  -  Set within walking distance of the train station, this is a convenient choice for a quick weekend break
    Great walks  -  The Yorkshire Moors have long attracted walkers and ramblers alike - see the famous Brimham rocks.
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    This traditional, period Harrogate property sits overlooking The Stray and its 200 acres of open park land. All rooms are decorated in neutral palettes with bright, accent prints with coffee machines and modern bathrooms. Opt for a balcony! There is also an award winning restaurant and popular bar. See More

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  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro Harrogate Harrogate (West Yorkshire) 48 rooms from £154

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in style with bubbely in the courtyard, massages in the elegant spa and gorge in the chic restaurant
    Foodies  -  Foodie Mecca, with award winning cuisine in the hotel bistro, an extensive cellar and more than ample bar!
    Local exploring  -  Harrogate is a beautiful town full of history, architectural delights, trendy eateries and boutique shops
    Romantic Break  -  The loft style Signature Suite comes with twin bathtubs - the perfect base for romance
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    A row of Georgian houses restored to create a chic spa hotel in Harrogate's Old Town. The comfortable suites ooze grown-up style, with freestanding tubs, muted tones and hardwood furnishings. Feast on award-winning cuisine, sip on champagne and book in for a spa treatment. A spoiling stay. See More

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  • Rudding Park Harrogate (Follifoot) 90 rooms from £213

    Golf  -  The hotel boasts its own 18-hole golf course making this a great choice for a golfing weekend
    Total relaxation  -  Set in a tranquil rural spot outside Harrogate and complete with fantastic food and a spa
    Foodies  -  3 AA Rosette Horto Restaurant uses seasonal ingredients from Rudding Park Kitchen Garden
    Weddings  -  The hotel will curate your special day for you and offers a spectacular backdrop
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    A luxurious grand country house located just outside historic Harrogate. Expect contemporary design throughout with large spacious rooms, fabulous bathrooms, modern art and bold chandeliers. Housing a restaurant, swimming pool, golf course and spoiling spa there's little need to leave the estate. See More

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  • Goldsborough Hall Harrogate 12 rooms from £245

    Great walks  -  With the North York Moors & Yorkshire Dales national parks on the doorstep, this is a perfect destination for a walking holiday
    Romantic Break  -  Enjoy romantic dinners before retreating to your room with a four-poster bed and a whirlpool tub large enough for two
    Country Escape  -  This stately home offers grandeur, space, and access to some of Yorkshire's most beautiful countryside
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  The Lascelles suite has a large sunken whirlpool tub and several of the rooms in the Dower house have large whirlpools
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    A grand Grade-II listed stately home set in beautiful Yorkshire countryside near Harrogate. Beautiful rooms are traditionally dressed with artworks, antiques, and heavy drapes. The fine-dining restaurant serves exemplary British cuisine. A quintessentially British rural escape. See More

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