Welcome to Harrogate – Top 15 places to visit in retirement

Set in the heart of Yorkshire, Harrogate and the surrounding area is one of the most spectacular areas of England with attractive towns and villages, imposing historic houses, castles, abbeys, beautiful countryside and a host of other natural and man-made attractions. 

Expect exquisite gardens, beautiful parks, handsome tree-lined boulevards and a chance to lose yourself in the vibrant charm and elegance of this North Yorkshire destination.

Famous for its cream teas and Turkish baths, Harrogate is England's classic spa town with quaint streets, historic houses, landscaped gardens and so many fun things to do.

Alongside the genteel prettiness and relaxing baths the town is full of great independent shops, glorious antique stores and top-class cosy pubs serving excellent beer, all surrounded by rolling green hills. 

Our favourite attractions, all suitable for retirees looking to enjoy a day out, are listed below: -    

Brimham Rocks

An amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations: a great day out for families, climbers and those who love the outdoors.

  • Summerbridge, Harrogate HG3 4DW

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

RHS Garden Harlow Carr is one of five public gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society. It is located on the western edge of Harrogate in the English county of North Yorkshire. The RHS acquired Harlow Carr through its merger with the Northern Horticultural Society in 2001.

  • Harlow Carr Gardens Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB

Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens is a beautiful Park in Low Harrogate, perfect for a relaxing stroll or for a family day out. It is an English Heritage Grade II Listed Garden covering 17 acres of formal gardens, leisure activities and woodland. Historical buildings and the semi-covered Colonnades sit nestled amongst a wide variety of shrub, flower and herbaceous beds. The adventure play area is immensely popular, especially during the summer season when the paddling pool is a refreshing way to cool down. There are a wide range of sporting activities to try during your visit including; tennis, crazy golf, table tennis, disc golf, pitch and putt as well as a skatepark. For music lovers, band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.

  • Cornwall Road, Harrogate HG1 2SZ

Nidderdale Llamas

A unique interactive fun activity, based on a working farm in Nidderdale. Offering Llama Trekking & Llama/alpaca experiences in beautiful countryside. Fantastic fun with amazing friendly animals, a range of options to choose from all including close contact with llamas, alpacas and some other animals.

  • Wilsill, Pateley Bridge | Kiln Farm, Harrogate HG3 5EE

Ripley Castle and Gardens

Ripley Castle is a Grade I listed 14th-century country house in Ripley, North Yorkshire, England, 3 miles north of Harrogate. The house is built of coursed squared gritstone and ashlar with grey slate and stone slate roofs. A central 2-storey block is flanked by a tower at one end and a 3-storey wing at the other.

  • Ripley, Harrogate HG3 3AY

Royal Hall Theatre

The Royal Hall is a Grade II* listed performance hall and theatre, located in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. With local benefactors led by engineering inventor Samson Fox, the building opened in 1903 as the Kursaal.

  • Ripon Rd, Harrogate HG1 2SY

Royal Pump Room Museum

The Royal Pump Room is a Grade II* listed building in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. Today it houses the town's museum – operated by Harrogate Borough Council. It was formerly a spa water pump house.

  • Crown Place, Harrogate HG1 2RY

Harrogate Theatre

Theatre with gilded auditorium, hosting theatre, comedy, music and family shows including pantomime.

  • 6 Oxford St, Harrogate HG1 1QF

The Pinewoods

The Pinewoods is approximately 96 acres of semi-natural woodland, one kilometre south west of Harrogate town centre. Access to the woodland is available via tarmac footpaths from the town centre of Harrogate and road links using public transport from Knaresborough. Parking for cars is available off Crag Lane close to the wood at its most south-westerly point.

  • Nursery Lane East, Harrogate HG2 0FH

Cold Bath Brewing Company

Situated in the heart of Harrogate, the Cold Bath Brewing Co taphouse is our home and brewing base; the ideal place to spend some time, meet the team and taste our beer.

Alongside our core range, we offer unique new brews, developed in house and brewed upstairs in the bar itself. These exclusive beers are only available in the taphouse, allowing us to serve them at peak freshness, just metres from where they were made.

In our vibrant, welcoming bar space, you’ll also find our chefs cooking food from our unique menu, specially created to accompany our beer.

  • 46 King's Rd, Harrogate HG1 5JW

Mercer Gallery

Gallery with a large collection of 19th and 20th-century fine art, plus temporary exhibitions.

  • 31 Swan Rd, Harrogate HG1 2SA

Pateley Bridge Nidderdale Museum

The Nidderdale Museum is housed in a former workhouse in the market town of Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, England. Set up in 1975, the exhibits focus on rural life and include such period room and business displays as a cobbler's workshop, schoolroom, Victorian parlour, general store, 1930s hairdresser's shop and a kitchen. Other displays include historic costumes, agriculture tools and equipment, local industries and transport vehicles.The Museum is run by volunteers.

  • The Old Workhouse, King St, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5LE

Crescent Gardens

This garden is just outside the Royal Hall and is a perfect place to kill time before a performance.

Visited in August everything was in full bloom,the gardens being shown off at there best.Situated in the town centre,plenty of seating,great for people watching.Well maintained.Toilets also here.

  • Crescent Road, Harrogate HG1 2SP

Saint Wilfrid's Church

Visit the only Grade 1 listed building in the heart of Harrogate. Saint Wilfrid's church was designed by the famous architect Temple Moore in the early 1900's. The church is very striking architecturally, with some excellent examples of stained glass, a stunning parish hall with an unusual "lamella" ceiling, cloisters and free car parking. St Wilfrid's is open every day for visits and services.

  • Duchy Road, Harrogate HG1 2EY

Harrogate Antiques Centre

Harrogate Antiques Centre is Harrogate's largest antique emporium, with over 50 stalls featuring an eclectic mix of traditional and decorative antiques, vintage furniture, collectibles, curios and jewellery.

The substantial size of the Centre, free parking, the ajoining cafe and an auction house are making the Harrogate Antiques Centre a welcome addition for both locals and visitors to the Harrogate area.

  • Leeds Road, Harrogate HG3 1EW

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