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Prime Location Harrogate Area Guide

An elegant spa town in north Yorkshire, Harrogate earned its reputation as ‘The English Spa’ in Georgian times after its natural waters were discovered in the 16th Century. By the 17th Century and on into the 18th Century, the iron rich water became a popular health treatment bringing huge wealth to the town. The Royal Pump Room houses Europe's strongest sulphur well, and is now a museum showcasing the town's spa history. As a result of its heritage, there are many fine examples of architecture in Harrogate which not only includes private residences but also land mark national heritage buildings such as the Grade II listed Royal Hall Theatre, Britain’s only surviving Kursaal (public hall for visitors to watering places).

The town is a popular location for events and conferences and is home to the Great Yorkshire Showground. Supporting the region’s agricultural industry, The Great Yorkshire Show and Countryside Live take place there annually. Pavilions of Harrogate is a major conference facility, as is Harrogate International Centre. The third largest fully integrated conference and exhibition centre in the UK and one of the largest in Europe, the centre attracts over 350,000 business visitors annually and contributes £150 million to the local economy each year. A premium location to live, work and visit, Harrogate has bustling shopping centres and is well served by restaurants, bars and cafés including the infamous Betty’s Café and Tea Rooms, which was founded by Frederick Belmont in 1919. Out of town, the nearby Yorkshire Dales National Park provides a scenic backdrop for outdoor pursuits and provides a rich habitat for wildlife.


Harrogate has a population in excess of 71,500, while the figure for the much wider Borough of Harrogate, comprising Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon and a large rural area, is around 151,000.

A largely affluent area, the town of Harrogate is home to a number of people featured on the Sunday Times Rich List. The area has a sound economy largely driven by the exhibition and conference industry as well as tourism.


There are a wide range of nursery and primary schools in Harrogate, as well as five secondary schools, and five academies. Private schooling includes the oldest independent school in Harrogate, Ashville College. The school offers provision for day and boarding pupils aged 4 to 18 years old. Harrogate Ladies College is another leading provider of private education for girls aged from 2to 18 years old.

Askham Bryan College is the fastest growing land based college in the country, and offers agricultural and horticultural training as well as qualifications in animal care, countryside management and other business and vocational subjects. The Army Foundation College is also based in Harrogate and provides specialist military training to future soldiers from the infantry, armoured corps, artillery and elements of the Royal Logistic Corps.


Harrogate has excellent transport links in and around the town and to the rest of the country and is strongly connected to Leeds. By car, the A61 provides a link to Leeds and Ripon, and on to Wetherby via the A1. The town has an extensive bus network providing regular services across the town and out to surrounding areas. Harrogate has four railway stations and benefits from a daily rail service to London King’s Cross.

Leeds Bradford International Airport is 10 miles (16 km) south west of Harrogate.

Amenities and shopping

The main shopping areas in Harrogate can be found in Cambridge Street, Oxford Street, Beulah Street and James Street, however there are a wide range of boutique and designer stores as well as independent shopping across the town. The town’s nightlife is centred on The Montpellier Quarter, part of which is within the renovated Royal Baths development.

Harrogate has a strong cultural heritage, with the Mercer Art Gallery being home to some 2,000 works of art. Harrogate Theatre and The Royal Hall are major attractions for events and entertainment. Eating out is popular in Harrogate, and the town well served by independent and well known high street restaurants.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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