Established as a spa town in the 1800s, the city has long been a place to visit for rest and recreation...
As well as attracting many leisure visitors, Harrogate's large convention centre makes it a popular destination for business visitors the town is able to offer abundant accommodation options from cosy family-run bed and breakfasts to large scale hotels. There is very much a feeling of 'the old meets the new', in Harrogate, with a drinking and dining scene that takes in everything from traditional tea rooms to chic bars and restaurants serving contemporary cuisine.
While in the town, be sure to visit 'The Stray' - a scenic green open space at the heart of the town centre and to visit the famous Betty's Tea Rooms, where you can enjoy a lavish spread of scones, home-made fruit jams, clotted cream and good English tea while taking in lovely views across Montpellier Gardens.
This part of the world is famous for its rainfall, but those visiting between June and late August will have a reasonable chance of warm and sunny weather, while Harrogate is also lovely in the spring months of April and May, when the parks are full of flowers and trees coming into bloom. The town is often busy with tourists on sunny weekends, so head here during the working week if you want to escape the crowds.
Night owls can party until the small hours at several nightclubs and late-opening bars in Harrogate, while those looking for something a little more simple can just enjoy some 'pub grub' and a pint at one of the town's many traditional pubs.
Those with time to spare will find it is well worth exploring all that that the beautiful surrounding area has to offer. Ensure you visit The Royal Baths, Assembly Rooms and the Royal Pump Room museum. Harrogate car hire is a good option for those looking to explore the area and is both easy and inexpensive to arrange.
Harrogate has excellent transport links, with the town's rail station providing quick connections to Scotland and the far north of England, as well as to London, the south and North West cities such as Manchester and Liverpool. Leeds-Bradford international airport lies less than 10 miles from Harrogate and is well served by flights from across the UK as well as European destinations.
Car hire in Harrogate can be arranged either in the town centre and it is best to book your hire vehicle in advance in order to get the best deals for your visit to Harrogate.
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Situated within some of the best countryside in the UK, taking advantage of cheap car hire in Harrogate will allow you to explore the area...
The town is within an easy drive of the famous Yorkshire Dales, a popular spot for ramblers and adventure tourists as well as families looking for a pretty spot for a picnic. While you're in the area you can also visit market towns such as Ripon, Knaresborough, Pateley Bridge, Masham and Boroughbridge, as well as world famous Fountains Abbey.
The ancient cathedral city of York is also an easy day trip from Harrogate. You can explore its ancient streets and squares, enjoy the Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Rail Museum, as well as walk the city walls and enjoy a spot of shopping. The city's park and ride scheme is the best way to visit the city by hire car.
Families can take a drive to the popular Lightwater Valley Theme Park, open seasonally for thrill rides and entertainment.
And the cosmopolitan university city of Leeds is just half an hour away by car. Packed with shopping, great nightlife and the Royal Armouries, there is much to see and do.