We’re privileged to be based in a town like Harrogate, which is often named as one of the best places to see, visit & live in the UK.

As we regularly deal with retired and/or semi-retired clients, we thought it would be a great idea to prepare a short piece about things to do in our beautiful town, during the springtime.

We understand that not all of our clients want to come and visit us in person. After all, we’re here to provide a service tailored to you.  But for those of you who do want to come over, you’re in for quite the treat in this remarkable town of ours.

Let’s explore the 10 best things to do in Harrogate in Spring.

 1. Valley Gardens

 Find it at: Valley Drive, Harrogate, HG1 2SZ.   

With everything from concerts in the bandstands on Sunday afternoon, to tennis, crazy golf, pitch & putt and a skatepark. This is so much more than just another formal garden to visit.

This park is an English Heritage Grade II Listed Garden covering an impressive 17 acres – so you may need to remember to wear your walking boots!

There is a mix of formal gardens, woodland for the nature lovers and the aforementioned leisure activities. So in other words, something for everybody!

2. RHS Harlow Carr

Find it at: Crag Lane, Harrogate, HG3 1QB

One of five public gardens wholly run by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) in the UK, and acquired via a merger between the RHS and Northern Horticultural Society almost 20 years ago.

This timeless, classic and beautiful place to visit will delight history buffs and nature lovers alike. An RHS Garden is nearly always worth the time and trouble of a visit, and this one, set well within the Harrogate district, is no exception.

It’s well worth checking the RHS website to plan your visit as there are often special events and fairs, craft shows etc to see during your visit.

A variety of landscapes, planting schemes and areas to visit – including waterside plants, woodland areas, Main Borders – means this delightful garden will host something to delight everyone.

You can shop and eat here too, with an outlet of the world-famous Betty’s Tea Rooms to be found here, meaning you can easily spend an entire day here and not get bored nor run out of things to see and do.

3. Mercer Art Gallery 

Find it at: Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA 

In the refined former Promenade Rooms, beneficiaries of recent upgrades and refurbishment works, the Mercer Art Gallery houses the Harrogate’s surprisingly extensive art collection. 

With an exceptional collection of 19th and 20th Century fine art on display, plus continuously changing temporary/touring exhibitions, there’s probably something different to see every time you return.

After your visit, you can shop at the exceptionally stocked Art Gallery Shop – which is also a great place to visit if you’re gift shopping, by the way – and you can check online via Harrogate Council which touring exhibitions will be there during your visit.

The best part about this exceptional art gallery? It’s totally free to enter. So if you avoid the gift shop at the end, you’ve got a completely free day out!

4. Montpellier Quarter 

Find it at: Montpellier Street, Harrogate, HG1 2TQ

Initially you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Montpellier Quarter might be found in Paris or another exotic French city. But no, it’s one of the most historic parts of Harrogate. Formed of the streets around the renowned Betty’s Tea Rooms, the Montpellier Quarter was initially developed by the entrepreneur George Dawson way back in the 1860s with the construction of the Montpellier Parade.

Nowadays, the quarter has more than 50 independent shops, and this being Harrogate most are angled towards high-income clientele. There is a genuine avant-garde feel in the quarter which, along with a pavement cafe culture, high-end beauty salons and high-end independent jewellery and dress shops can actually make you feel like you are in Paris.

There are also an amazing range of haute couture boutiques, high-end gin & rum shops, design shops, one-off jewellery stores, tapas bars, galleries, and more than a few antiques shops. In fact, it’s fair to say that the more discerning shopper can find everything they’ll ever need in this one section of Harrogate alone.

The architecture and sympathetic planting are a visual feast for the eyes, so even if you can only go window shopping, you absolutely should visit this astonishing slice of French chic right here in North Yorkshire.

5. Royal Pump Room Museum

Find it at: Crown Place, Harrogate, HG1 2RY

Formerly a spa water pump house, today this fantastic Grade II listed building is home to Harrogate’s main museum.

Originally, back in Harrogate’s heyday as a spa town and venue, around 15,000 people would enter this building every summer.

In order to breathe some life to the formerly well-used building, the museum of Harrogate was opened in the pump room in 1953 and delves into Harrogate’s glory days, remembering the Russia aristocrats and famous writers - like Charles Dickens - who regularly visited the famous spa resort.

Join in on the daily wells tours, and breathe the infamous ‘strongest sulphur wells in Europe!’

With Egyptian treasures, permanent exhibitions and a museum shop, there’s plenty to see here if the sulphur wells don’t quite take your fancy!

6. Knaresborough Castle & Museum

Find it at: Castle Yard, Knaresborough HG5 8AS

Found a few minutes outside of Harrogate on the banks of the River Nidd is the ruined fortress-like edifice of Knaresborough Castle.

The remnants of Knaresborough Castle are all that are left to see, however, in purely historical terms this Castle is one of the more significant as an entire line of English monarchs (Henry I, King John, Edward I and Edward II) invested great funds into developing the fortress-like Castle.

History buffs and lovers have plenty to see here, as it was also here in the 1170s that Hugh de Moreville, one of the men who assassinated Thomas Becket, took refuge after the act. As a Royalist stronghold, the castle was pulled down in the English Civil war by the victorious Parliamentarians to avoid it being reused.

Over the years, and as with a lot of ancient castles in the UK, much of its stone has been recycled for buildings in nearby towns (in this instance in Knaresborough itself), however, enough of the castle ruins remain to get a clear picture of what it would have been like in its glory.

With a Courtroom Museum, acclaimed ‘Life in a Castle’ gallery and even Civil War costumes to try on, this is the perfect venue for the true British History lover.

7. Ripley Castle & Gardens

Find it at: Ripley, Harrogate, HG3 3AY

Our second castle, and our second foray outside of the town of Harrogate – but again, by only a few miles. In fact, just three miles north of Harrogate is a glorious Grade I listed 14th Century country house.

Nowadays you can use Ripley Castle for meetings and events, hire it for weddings, and enjoy countless activities throughout the year.

Primarily however, the castle is an attraction to those history lovers who love to visit Britain’s ancient history. With the castle and grounds free to visit until the 31st March, and then public guided tours available from the 1st April onwards, you can time your visit to suit your needs.

There really is plenty for the history lover to see here. The Old Tower, dating to the middle of the 16th century, is a treat, with stacks of antique books, fine wood panelling, porcelain, chandeliers and armour. Also here is an authentic priest hole, built to conceal catholic clergy at a time of religious persecution in the 16th and 17th centuries.

If you visit in spring, the astonishing National Hyacinth Collection within the castle’s woodland may be in bloom, with some 150,000 flowering bulbs in total (dependant on weather conditions, flowering times may vary annually).

8. Harrogate Theatre

Find it at: 6 Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1QF

Depending on your tastes, there’s something for everybody on show here. In particular, the beautiful gilded auditorium will wow all those who visit, no matter what you came to see.

Built in 1900, Harrogate Theatre is an outstanding example of a late Victorian proscenium arch venue and is set over five floors, making it a truly imposing spectacle. It has a seating capacity of 500, a separate Bar area and is available to hire for events and weddings – so it’s well worth checking online before you visit.

 9. Royal Hall

Find it at: Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SY

If you like visiting exceptional performing arts spaces, then don’t forget the plush Royal hall, which was completed in 1903 and designed by Frank Marcham, one of the busiest architects of the day.

A Grade II listed Edwardian building, the theatre was initially called the Kursaal, named after similar venues at German spa towns, but changed its name to the more patriotic Royal Hall at the outbreak of the First World War.

The outside is understated and gives no hint of the Beaux-Arts splendour of the concert hall, which is ornately gilded and stuccoed. You can visit for tours and photos, or to enjoy a show, but however you come to be there you will not be anything other than impressed by its magnificent interiors.

10. Crescent Gardens

 Find it at: Crescent Road, Harrogate HG1 2SP

Situated just outside the Royal Hall, so easily combined with a visit to that magnificent building, these gardens are designed for relaxation and for walking around.

Notably well maintained, manicured gardens and flower beds provide a lovely area to relax and stroll in. This is a beautiful garden area, and accessible to all thanks to its central location.


We appreciate that this is a fairly subjective list – after all, with so many places to visit and things to do in Harrogate we could very easily have added another 10 places to visit! However, it’s fair to say that these tried and tested favourites simply cannot fail to please all visitors, and they definitely show off our wonderful town to its very best advantage.




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