Once you've made it up north to Harrogate, check out some of this great stuff going on around and about the town!
You’ll have to connect from a major station like York or Leeds depending on your direction, but it’s easy to get in to Harrogate station which is just a short walk away from the city centre. There’s a direct link to London Kings Cross.
CarHarrogate is easy to get to in the car via the A1, but it’s a good idea to get off at Wetherby rather than Harrogate to avoid congestion and use the A61 through Leeds off the M62.
One of three theatres in Harrogate, the Royal Hall was opened in 1903 and is a great historic place to catch a variety of top quality performances ranging from plays to musicals and orchestras and choirs.
Harrogate Theatre is another old-fashioned venue which could hardly fail to thrill all manner of theatre aficionados. There’s a huge seating area and a grand old stage which shows everything from panto to dance, ballet and comedy throughout the year.
Harrogate International Centre
This town really does seem to have it all – it even has its own international convention centre! See major shows and events here too.
If you fancy kicking back and relaxing for a few hours, it’s easy to see the latest releases at the Odeon in Harrogate which is just beyond the East Parade and Station Avenue.
Harrogate Town FC may not be up there with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, but they sure do have a super-fashionable black and yellow kit that make the team look like footballing bumble bees! They currently play in the Conference North division.
Harrogate RUFC play rugby union for the National League North and play at Claro Road.
Cricket is massive in Yorkshire and the Yorkshire league prize is hotly contested every year. Harrogate Cricket club are a very strong contender in the league.
Yes you heard that right – although it does get pretty nippy up north, nope, it’s still not quite frozen enough for a game of ice hockey. However, one brave soul born and bred in Harrogate, Gord Pettinger, played for the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins and he’s one of only ten players in Stanley Cup History to win the cup for three different teams. Nice one Gord!
Stag dos can get a little pricey, so here are a couple of things you can do completely free of charge if you’ve an hour or two on your hands…
See a wide array of incredibly well-kept flowers and foliage at the Valley gardens which are tended to lovingly by a great team year round. Perfect when the sun comes out!
Mercer Art Gallery
If you’re in need of an injection of culture after a little too much drinking and dancing like an idiot, then the Mercer gallery is the place to be. Admission is 100% free and the art is cutting edge, modern and constantly changing.
When you need a breath of fresh air to blow away those hangover cobwebs, the Stray is a wonderful place to relax. It’s really popular with the locals who use it all the time and it’s really close to the town, wrapping around the oldest part of Harrogate.
Now, we shouldn’t really be telling you this, but we’ll let you in on the secret. The Hotel du Vin has its very own sneaky secret snooker room which is completely free to use! It’s hidden away in the basement and sometimes free wine tasting in the restaurant on Fridays. Whoever said that Yorkshiremen weren’t generous obviously hasn’t been to Harrogate!