Why Harrogate?

It’s no surprise to us that the town of Harrogate has been voted the happiest place to live in the UK for three consecutive years. The Georgian Spa town is the perfect place to live and work, with attractions and amenities that suit absolutely everyone!

With both its strong sense of community and tourism prowess, Harrogate is an embodiment of happy opposites.  The town centre offers over twenty independent retailers for you to choose from, with a sprinkling of cafes and specialist produce shops. In contrast to the pretty retail area of Harrogate, you can find yourself very quickly in the stunning countryside of North Yorkshire.

Great Outdoors

Fat Badger - Harrogate

The town is steeped in history, dating from the medieval to the modern, but is also a hub of eclectic cultural activity, where you can be part of some of the country’s biggest arts and culture festivals. Our town can offer a lifestyle perfect for the urbanite who wants to be able to escape to the countryside at the drop of a hat, with York and Leeds within an easy commutable distance.

Our strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, plethora of cultural events and, of course, being home to Betty’s Tea Room, is why Harrogate should be your next home.

Perfect for families

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The perfect place for families

The town of Harrogate and the surrounding areas are home to some of the most beautiful stately homes, castles and museums in the country. Many of our stately homes, such as Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, have embraced the opportunity to provide a fun learning experience for children and young families by introducing interactive learning boards and large, woodland play areas. Beningbrough Hall is a must-see, with its eight acres of gardens and 18th century mansion.

Knaresborough Castle is a beautifully set medieval structure overlooking the River Nidd, where you can join a tour or wander around independently in complete awe. Children will be entertained by the King’s Chamber and dungeon, where you can scurry through the secret underground exit!

In terms of housing and education, Savills state that Harrogate is a great place to buy a family home with a top school nearby at a much more affordable price than some more southern cities nearby. With 5 highly sought after secondary schools and 23 primary schools, 5 of which are Outstanding, Harrogate is the ideal place to raise a family.

There is plenty for thrill-seeking families to enjoy together. For those that thrive from adrenaline filled activities, we have two theme parks nearby: Lightwater Valley and Flamingo Land. You could visit Mother Shipton’s Cave, England’s oldest visitor attraction, which includes a petrifying well and a forest to explore. A day at the seaside is never too far away, with both Whitby and Scarborough nearby.

To top it off, national crime figures have confirmed that North Yorkshire has the lowest crime rate in England.

Cultural Harrogate

Harrogate can offer a range of cultural experiences to feed the soul. With sculpture parks a plenty and within a short distance, including the North Yorkshire Sculpture park the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a variety of private galleries and, not forgetting, the town’s breathtaking theatres, there are many ways to expand your experiences of art and music.

Harrogate’s Montpellier Quarter is often overlooked and holds a rolling programme of elegant exhibitions, all year round, and keep your eyes and ears open for the series of music and literary festivals that run through the summer months.

There really is something for every taste; take in traditional paintings and musical events, and enjoy a diverse selection of performing arts and literary discussion.

The Great Outdoors


The Great Outdoors

No matter where you live or work in Harrogate, you’re never far from some stunning countryside. Explore the heart of Yorkshire’s most beautiful and breathtaking scenery, ranging from the striking profile of the Yorkshire Dales, where you can climb, walk, kayak and swim your way through your weekend, to the Vale of York, with its rich and broad farmlands and magnificent views over to the City of York and its majestic minster.

Harrogate can offer a picture perfect views, even amongst busy urban life, with the open space of the 200 acre Stray, hidden woodlands and the stunning Valley Gardens.

For the Foodies

Harrogate is famed for its food and drink, and the fresh produce coming from the rich farmland that surrounds the town is partly responsible for this. In Harrogate we know how to celebrate everything food-related, and we can provide you with the perfect accompanying tipple!

We like to host many food and drink events, including our incredibly popular twice yearly Foodies Festival.

Harrogate Bettys

Castle Howard


Harrogate has an array of historic attractions for you to explore. We have a number of castles and ruins within easy reach, including Fountains Abbey, Whitby Abbey and Skipton Castle. Why not explore stately homes and gardens, such as Castle Howard, Harewood House or the multi-award winning RHS Gardens Harlow Carr. Experience the medieval York Mystery Plays at York Minster or imagine yourself in wartime Britain at the Eden Camp.

Our attractions allow you to follow the history of Harrogate and surrounding towns, from way back to Roman ruins, through the dark crypts of Medieval England to why people travelled to drink sulphurous water during its heyday as a famous spa town.

Discover ancient walls and turrets, intriguing marks on the walls and the hidden priest holes of Harrogate and the surrounding area to unlock the secrets and stories of our town.


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