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Living in Harrogate

The charming and historic spa town of Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most appealing locations. Relaxed, traditional and surrounded by some of the UK's most beautiful scenery, the Harrogate area is known for its many fine country homes and elegant town houses. The vast rolling Yorkshire Dales are a region of unspoilt natural beauty, with the crisp, fresh air and gently curving hills of Wharfedale, Nidderdale and the Vale of York inspiring generations of residents. When one adds Harrogate’s location attributes; 17 miles north of Leeds, 3 hours from London by train, close to the upgraded A1 motorway and with ever increasing flight options from Leeds Bradford Airport, it is understandable why the Harrogate area is increasingly popular to home buyers across all prices ranges and property types.

Property available in Harrogate

Originally comprising of two hamlets, Harrogate’s fame as a spa town can be attributed to William Slingsby who discovered a mineral spring in 1571, finding that the water from the Tewit Well possessed similar properties to that from the springs he had tasted abroad. It grew in popularity as a spa town following the enclosure of surrounding lands in 1770 known as The Stray, being a 200 acre parkland that surrounds the town centre and which is now protected by an Act of Parliament, ensuring it remains a popular attraction to this day.

The town's most celebrated mineral spring, a sulphur-well known originally as 'The Stinking Spaw', was discovered near the town centre, and the Royal Pump Room eventually built above it in 1804. The Royal Baths, opened in 1897, grew to be one of the largest hydrotherapy establishments in the world, offering a profusion of aqua-based treatments for rheumatic complaints ranging from sulphur baths to hot, sulphur-mud poultices.

Harrogate combines impressive historic buildings, such as the Grade II listed Royal Hall Theatre, with more contemporary architecture and amenities. It is now regarded as one of the leading conference towns in the UK and a popular commuter location for the West Yorkshire business community. Harrogate's reputation as an antique hotspot attracts people keen to find a bargain, with the quaint Montpellier quarter and some of the more secluded alleyways filled with hidden gems.

The town is famous for its shopping and is the place for designer labels and independent, high-end retailers, as well as the usual high street names. Blessed with one of the most attractive and unique shopping centres you can find, the Victoria Shopping Centre is centrally located, opposite the Harrogate Railway Station. Maintaining the town's long-standing tradition as a place of health and well-being, Harrogate’s Turkish Baths offer a variety of spa rooms, including steam room, three heated chambers, an invigorating cold water plunge pool and a relaxation room.

With excellent state and private schooling in the area, sporting and recreational amenities, The Stray and famous listed Valley Gardens, and a fabulous range of restaurants and cafes, including the award-winning Bettys Tea Rooms, Harrogate is a highly attractive location for many.

Places of interest

  • Royal Hall
  • Pump Rooms
  • Valley Gardens
  • The Stray
  • Mercer Gallery
  • Bettys Tea Rooms
  • RHS Harlow Carr Gardens
  • The Great Yorkshire Show
  • Harrogate Theatre
  • Ripley Castle
  • Newby Hall
  • Ripon Cathedral
  • Harewood House
  • Mother Shiptons Cave
  • The world heritage site of Fountains Abbey
  • Stump Cross Caverns
  • How Stean Gorge

Taxi/chauffeur services

Blue Line
01423 530830

Main Line
01423 555555

Local authority

Harrogate Borough Council
Council offices
Crescent Gardens
01423 500 600

Getting to Harrogate


  • A1 motorway Junction 47 – approximately 20 minutes


  • Harrogate to Leeds, frequent trains taking 30 minutes
  • Harrogate to York, frequent trains taking 30 minutes
  • Harrogate to London Kings Cross, daily taking 3 hours


  • Leeds Bradford International Airport, approximately 30 minutes


The Harrogate District is highly regarded for schooling in both the state and private sectors. From local primary schools in town or village locations, through junior to secondary education there are numerous alternatives.

Primary/Junior Schools

For information on state sector options call 0845 872 7374

For alternatives in the private sector:

  • Brackenfield School Harrogate 01423 508558
  • Highfield Prep School Harrogate 01423 537060
  • Belmont Grosvenor Prep School Near Harrogate 01423 771029
  • Cundall Manor School Near Boroughbridge 01423 360200

Secondary schools

  • St Aidans C of E High School Harrogate 01423 885 814
  • John Fisher Catholic High School Harrogate 01423 887254
  • Harrogate Ladies College Harrogate 01423 504543
  • Harrogate Grammar School Harrogate 01423 531127
  • Ashville College Harrogate 01423 566 358
  • Ripon Grammar School Ripon 01765 602647
  • King James School Knaresborough 01423 866061
  • Leeds Grammar School Leeds 0113 229 1552

Bars and restaurants


  • Drum and Monkey Seafood 01423 502260
  • Orchid Restaurant Oriental 01423 560425
  • Hotel du Vin and Bistro European 01423 856800
  • Van Zeller Contemporary 01423 508762
  • William and Victoria British 01423 521510


  • Pitcher and Piano 01423 585628
  • Banyan Tree 01423 538871
  • Fat Badger 01423 505681


  • Harrogate District Hospital Lancaster Park Road Harrogate HG2 7SX 01423 885959

Theatres and cinemas

  • Harrogate Theatre 6 Oxford Street Harrogate HG1 1QF 0142 3502116
  • Odeon Cinema East Parade Harrogate HG1 5LB 0871 224 4007
  • Everyman Cinema Westgate House, Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1HQ 0871 906 9060