Things to do in Yorkshire

WATERSIDE BOATS & CAFES
Knaresborough

Knaresborough is a charming market town located to the North East of Harrogate. There's a castle and a train station and The River Nidd, which meaders through it. The area by he river is called Waterside and it's a great starting place for walking or just watching the world go by. There are some waterside cafe's, which are perfect for a full Yorkshire breakfast or just an ice cream. There are also traditional rowing boats for hire which is a great way to while away an hour or two.

If you are staying in Knaresborough, getting to Waterside is an easy stroll. The train station is a five minutes walk too and there are direct trains from Harrogate, Leeds and York (So Huby guests can hop on the train on at Weeton). It really is a pleasant place to spend a day. 

ROYAL PUMP ROOM MUSEUM
Harrogate

The Royal Pump Room Museum is a small yet interesting museum which explains the history of Harrogate, which is heavily influenced by it's spa water. The museum is housed in an elegant Victorian building where over 15,000 visitors used to "take the waters" at the height of its popularity.

The museum houses fascinating artefacts pertinant to Harrogate's history as well as a wealth of Egyptology gifted by benefactors from the town. It costs less than five pounds for entry and the staff are really friendly. A trip to the Royal Pump Museum would work really well with a stroll round Harrogate's beautiful park The Valley Gardens. Visit here for further details.

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ALMSCLIFFE CRAG
Harrogate/Leeds

Almscliffe Crag or Almscliff Crag is a picturesque outcrop at the top of a small hill near the village of North Rigton, between Leeds and Harrogate providing a breathtaking view from the lower end of Wharfedale right across to the Vale of York.  The crag is one of the best climbing locations in the area. If you park in The Square & Compass car park in North Rigton, there is a a nice circular walk to Almscliffe Crag which takes and hour or two (depending on how long you spend taking in the spectacular views or scrambling on the rocks!) If you don't have a car you can walk from Weeton Train station (It's about a mile and a half away) along pleasant country lanes.

VALLEY GARDENS
Harrogate

The valley Gardens is the the main park in Harrogate, there are beautiful flower displays, a cafe, a superb playground and skate park. There is also crazy golf and tennis courts available for hire. Within easy walking distance of Harrogate town it's well worth a visit.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate.

HARROGATE STRAY
Harrogate

Enjoy Harrogate's stunning open parkland which surrounds the town, it's a fantastic green space ideal for walks and picnics. At special times of the year there's events to enjoy on The Stray, big open air cinema screens, Christmas markets and even the final stage of Le Tour de France in July 2014.

BARS & RESTAURANTS
Harrogate

Harrogate has a wealth of bars and restaurants to choose from. At Harrogate Holidays we particularly enjoy coffee overlooking The Stray in Weeton's deli or at the world famous Betty's, (the one at Harlow Carr RHS is usually a little quieter than the town centre one). If you enjoy food from the Pacific Rim, The Orchid is superb and Cardomom Black is a fantastic upmarket Indian resturant - who freshly cook their dishes to suit your palette. There's a superb fine dining at the award winning Norse restuarant (which doubles as a superb Scandi cafe during the day called Balterzens). There's also lots of high end restaurant chains in Harrogate, such as Cau, Cote & Carluccios.

BETTYS CAFÉ
Harrogate

A visit to the area would not be complete without a trip to the world famous tea rooms - Betty's. The service is continous and into the evening in the Harrogate Cafe, but our advice would be to miss the queues by choosing an off peak time. Breakfast is simply delicious and afternoon tea sublime. There's a shop selling some of the best bakery products you'll ever taste - what could be nicer than a relaxing breakfast in your holiday property with Betty's bread and trimmings (our favourite is the mouse bread). The Cafe in town is full of old world glamour but for a more relaxed experience the cafe at Harlow Carr RHS Gardens is gorgeous, overlooking the award winning gardens, it's also great for children.

Visit here for details.

THE TURKISH BATHS
Harrogate

We can't recommend a visit to Harrogate Turkish Baths, highly enough, just take time out from the rat race and be transported back to the Victorian era. The baths were designed and built by the Victorians inspired by Moorish design with great Islamic arches and screens. Plan to spend around three hours in the baths, where you can spend time alternating between the hot chambers and the invigorating plunge pool. There are also beauty treatments available at the baths. We would encourage you to visit their website to look at the session times and book in advance at busier times.

Visit here for more details.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate.

HIC CENTRE
Harrogate

Harrogate International Conference centre is a great place to hold exhibitions or conferences. With a range of facilities the centre can meet most business requirements - whether its a small meeting, a trade exhibition or a consumer show HIC has the expertise. As the HIC is located so centrally with Harrogate and we have many apartments and town houses that are located within easy walking distance, with WiFi and parking.

HARROGATE THEATRE
Harrogate

Built just at the end of the 18th Century, Harrogate Theatre continues to make a vital contribution to the artistic life of the town.   It attracts a wide variety of touring companies, produces home-grown productions (including the hugely popular Christmas pantomime), hosts one off highlights and is home to the cult Hyena Lounge Comedy Club, showcasing well known performers alongside up and coming stars of the future.

Visit here for more details.

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YORKSHIRE SHOWGROUND
Harrogate

The Yorkshire Event Centre is home to the Great Yorkshire Show - the biggest agricultural show in the North of England attracting 130000 visitors in July of each year.

The event is a shop window for the agricultural industry as well as a great day out for the family.

Visit here for more details.

CYCLING
Harrogate

Prologue Performance Cycling is a new hub for road cycling in central Harrogate combining expert coaching, scientific fitness testing, a workshop offering custom builds, servicing and a treatment room for cycle specific therapies. Just as crucially - they have a fantastic cafe where cyclists, groups, clubs and friends can gather pre-, during or post-ride to enjoy scrumptious food and drink sourced from some of North Yorkshire's top producers. Visit their website here.

VO Cycling, located in Darley hire-out the acclaimed Trek Emonda road bike and Saracen mountain-bikes locally. Vern will deliver the bikes to your holiday property. Don't know the local roads and trails? Their experienced ride leader can guide you over some of the most scenic routes in North Yorkshire. 

Visit their website here.

Photograph with kind permission from VO Cycling.

HARROGATE TRAIN STATION
Harrogate

Harrogate is well served by road and rail transport links. Regular trains run to York and Leeds and thereafter connections are available to all nationwide destinations.

Please click here to view the timetables.

GREAT INDEPENDENT SHOPS
Harrogate

As well as having attracted many of the larger High Street retailers to Harrogate, the town is home to a wealth of delightful independent stores to browse at your leisure offering fashion, homewares and antiques, locally produced food, jewellery and much more. 

Make a bee line for the Montpellier Quarter, Westminster Arcade and West Park where many of these select retailers can be found.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate.

RHS - HARLOW CARR GARDENS
Harrogate District

Whether you are young or old try to include a visit to Harlow Carr RHS Gardens in your intinerary.  The gardens are stunning and constantly changing. A fantastic learning centre with a horticultural library houses exhibits of gardens through the ages and activities and exhibitions are held all year round.

In the warmer months there is a Betty's teahouse in the garden selling drinks and sandwiches and of course the main Betty's Cafe located at the entrance. The gift shop is a delight, a comprehensive book selection, gardening paraphernalia and stunning gift selection.

Visit here fore more details.

Photo courtesy of Lee Beel.

NIDD GORGE WALKS
Nidderdale

Dating back to 1600, the woodland surrounding the Nidd Gorge is owned by the Woodland Trust and offers a variety of walks with information boards for guidance showing the extensive flora and fauna you can expect to find.

Visit here for more details.

GREAT COUNTRYSIDE WALKS
Harrogate District

Harrogate and its surrounding area is situated within rich and varied walking country. 

There is a wide network of walks in and around the area, including the Ringway - a 20 mile walk which completely circumnavigates the town and can be walked in its entirety or short sections. Nidderdale is close at hand providing gentle undulating countryside in its lower stretches or more challenging moorland walking at its upper reaches.

Venture a little further to experience Wharfedale with its wonderful limestone scenery, charming villages and well established walking routes.

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RURAL PUBS
Harrogate District

There is a wealth of charming and characterful rural pubs to choose from in and around the Harrogate area, many of which offer delicious food to the hungry visitor!

Our particular favourites include the General Tarleton in Ferrensby, the Wellington in Darley, the Malt Shovel at Brearton,  the Square & Compass at North Rigton, the Guy Fawkes in Scotton, and the Half Moon in Knaresborough.

 

RIPLEY CASTLE
Harrogate District

Ripley Castle, Gardens and Deer Park has been occupied by the Ingilby family for 700 years and is steeped in local history.  Open all year round with a full calendar of events for all ages. 

Visit here for details.

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PLUMPTON ROCKS
Harrogate District

Plumpton Rocks is a Grade 2* listed man-made lake and surrounding pleasure gardens against a backdrop of towering rocks eroded by the wind.

The large picturesque garden was formed in the 1760s by creating a lake at the foot of an extensive range of weathered and contorted gritstone outcrops. This garden has now been restored and a grand reopening is planned for late July 2016.

The 30 acre park provides seemingly endless opportunities to explore, with tranquil lakeside walks, dramatic Millstone Grit rock formations with names including Lion's Den, Lover's Leap and Needle's Eye, romantic woodland walks winding through bluebells and rhododendrons. With potential for private events (please see Plumpton Rock's website for details).

Visit here for details.

Photo courtesy of Plumpton Rocks/Pinapple Events

FODDER – FARMERS SHOP AND CAFÉ
Harrogate District

Fodder champions the very best food and drink from Yorkshire at the Great Yorkshire Showground.  Shop for great quality locally sourced products or enjoy delicious freshly prepared meals at their cafe/restaurant (they even sell Yorkshire wines!).

Visit here for details.

GOLF COURSES/CLUBS
Harrogate

There are many Golf Courses to chose from when you're visiting Harrogate. Some of the many are:

Oakdale Golf Club in Oakdale, Harrogate Golf Club in Harrogate, Rudding Park Golf Course in Follifoot and Knaresborough Golf Course on the outskirts of Knaresborough. The local tourist board has also collated a golf pass if you wish to play at 3 or 5 rounds of golf, which is available to purchase via the tourist board, click here to see the details.

 

KNARESBOROUGH CASTLE
Knaresborough

Knaresborough Castle is dramatically set high up on the cliff overlooking the River Nidd. Explore the castle independently or join a tour to discover the history of the King’s Chamber, visit the dungeon and scurry through the secret underground exit (sallyport).

There are also plenty of hands-on activities in the acclaimed ‘Life in a Castle’ gallery as well as Civil War costumes to try on. Special events and activities for families, adults, and children take place throughout the year. Visit here for more details.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate.

MOTHER SHIPTON’S CAVE
Knaresborough

Mother Shipton's Cave is England's oldest visit attraction dating from 1630.  The nearby Petrifying Well is a unique geological phenomenon turning everyday objects to stone!

Visit here for more details.

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HAREWOOD HOUSE
Harrogate/Leeds

Sometimes called St Petersburg on a Yorkshire Hill - Harewood House is the home of the Earl and Countess of Harewood and houses painting, furniture and porcelain treasures in truly magnificent interiors surrounded by a Capability Brown designed landscape.

There is also a fantastic adventure playground to keep younger family members amused and an exotic bird garden within the extensive grounds.

Visit here for more details.

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LEEDS BRADFORD AIRPORT
Harrogate/Leeds

Leeds Bradford Airport is only 30 minute drive away from Harrogate. Click here for arrivals and departures from this local airport.

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PATELEY BRIDGE
Nidderdale

Pateley Bridge is the principal town in Nidderdale and is the perfect place to start your exploration of the area. 

There are plenty of places to eat and numerous quaint local shops and tea rooms - no visit to Pateley would be complete without a stop of at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop to stock up on your favourite traditional sweets from childhood. 

The town  is the starting and finishing point on the Nidderdale way, a circular route which covers 53 miles, looping around the stunning scenery of the Nidd Valley.

For those eager to find out about the history of the area - visit the Nidderdale Museum. Based in the Original Victorian workhouse, the museum houses a cobbler’s shop, school room and relics and artefacts, depicting the Yorkshire way of life.

Photo courtesy of Pateley Bridge.

BRIMHAM ROCKS (NATIONAL TRUST)
Nidderdale

Explore Brimham Rocks, and have a great day out at nature's playground.

This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.

Let your imagination run wild as you explore the labyrinth of paths through this unique landscape.

Keep an eye 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.

Walk over heather moorland or through beautiful woodland, and take in the fresh air and Yorkshire countryside.

Visit website here.

Image courtesy of Charles Allen.

NIDDERDALE GREENWAY – CYCLE PATH
Nidderdale

This recently opened 4 mile traffic free cycle, walking and bridle path from Harrogate to Ripley allows gentle cycling through spectacular scenery including the dramatic grade II listed 7-arch Nidd Gorge viaduct.

Visit here for more details.

LIVE FOR TODAY ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
Harrogate District

Are you looking for Adventure?  Live For Today offer outdoor activities including High Ropes, Bushcraft, Body Zorbing, kayaking and orienteering - perfect for stag/hen parties, kids activities and corporate bonding days. 

Visit here for more details.

FOUNTAINS ABBEY (NATIONAL TRUST)
Ripon

Take a trip to the stunning Fountain's Abbey and Studley Royal - Yorkshire's finest World Heritage Site spanning 800 years or history and run by the National Trust, just 4 miles west of Ripon.  This huge estate of contrasts and surprises includes the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian watergardens.

Visit here for more details.

Photo courtesy of Fountains Abbey.

NEWBY HALL
Ripon

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with some of Britain’s finest Robert Adam interiors,  Newby Hall is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary.

With 25 acres of award winning gardens including one of Europe’s largest double herbaceous borders, an enchanting woodland walk and a miniature railway, younger visitors will also enjoy the exciting adventure gardens.

Visit here for more details.

Photo courtesy of Visit Harrogate

RIPON CATHEDRAL
Ripon

Ripon Cathedral has a history stretching back almost fourteen centuries. Throughout this time it has offered an unbroken tradition of witness to the Christian faith, both in the city of Ripon and across North Yorkshire. Ripon Cathedral was founded by St Wilfrid, who brought craftsmen from the continent to build a new stone church dedicated to St Peter, in 672AD.

The only part of Wilfrid’s church to survive is the ancient Saxon crypt which is arguably the oldest church building in England to have remained in continuous use. The Cathedral is a vibrant parish church at the heart of its local community and mother church to the region.

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BLACK SHEEP BREWERY AT MASHAM
Ripon

The Black Sheep Brewery 'Shepherded' brewery tours take approximately one hour and involve a fascinating trip around the famous brewhouse and fermenting room. You will experience the Black Sheep brewing process including the aromas of English hops and malted barley, then through the scientific process and finally on to the end product - a glass of our award-winning ales. You can enjoy a meal in the split-level Bistro and Baa...r which serves locally sourced culinary delights. 

Group visits are welcome, although pre-booking is essential. Opening times vary, due to private functions, so please call in advance to confirm (01765 680101).

Lunch and evening meals are available in the bistro.  Visit here for details.

 

RACE COURSE
Ripon

Ripon Racecourse, often called "Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse" comes to life in early Spring and offers fun days out for both horse lovers and families alike.

Visit here for more details about Ripon Racecourse.

Other racecourses in the area are Wetherby Racecourse and York Racecourse that also offer a wonderful day out for horse lovers and families.

For more information about Wetherby Racecourse please click here.

For more information about York Racecourse please click here.

Photo courtesy of Ripon Race Course.

YORK MINSTER
York

York Minster is northern Europe's largest Gothic Cathedral and a destination for visitors from all over the world.

Revealing York Minster is a network of interactive galleries, housed in the Undercroft and Treasury below the historic cathedral, which tells the colourful story of York Minster, from the lives of the Roman garrison to the work of the staff, clergy and volunteers in the 21st century.

Revealing York Minster is part of a five-year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which incorporates the largest restoration and conservation project of its kind in the UK. The 108 restored panels from the Great East Window will be reinstalled by the summer of 2016.

Visit here for more details.

Photo courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire.

JORVIK CENTRE
York

The world famous JORVIK Viking Centre is a ‘must-see’ for visitors to the city of York.

Visitors journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets, as they would have been 1000 years ago.

At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Between the years 1976-81 archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1,000 years ago.

As you travel around the Viking-age city of Jorvik aboard state of the art time capsules you will encounter the old-Norse speaking citizens, see inside their houses and back yards, experience a blast of smoke from blacksmith’s furnace and enjoy the smell of home-cooked stew inside the home of our amber worker.

Visit here for details.

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YORK CITY WALLS
York

No visit to York would be complete without a walk around the City Walls. At 3.4 kilometres long, the beautifully preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England.

About 2.5 million people walk along all or part of the City walls each year, enjoying some amazing and varied views of this historic city. The completion of the entire circuit will take approximately 2 hours. 

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THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM (YORK)
York

The National Railway Museum is a great FREE day out with lots to do for visitors of all ages.  Relive a golden era and witness history brought to life with over 100 locomotives.

Visit here for details.

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GUIDED TOURS
Harrogate

Discover the beauty, culture and character of Yorkshire during your stay with a day out or a guided tour. Or take the hassle out of planning with a bespoke tour - chosen to tick all your needs.

With Real Yorkshire Tours, visit historic houses, abbeys and monasteries. Also enjoy the places the Bronte sisters wrote about, follow in the historic footsteps of Captain James Cook or visit the sites the iconic movie Calendar Girls was filmed.

With YorTours, enjoy the historic city of York or Sheffield's industrial heritage, and the beautiful coastline of Whitby. Follow the 2014 route of Le Tour de France, or go back in time and visit the Roman lead mines.

Photo courtesy of Real Yorkshire Tours.