Celebrate Time with Family & Friends in Harrogate; A Town That Has Been Repeatedly Voted the “Happiest Place to Live In The UK”
Harrogate is prosperous and has some of the highest property prices in England, with many properties in the town and surrounding villages valued at One million or more. Come and enjoy the Harrogate Lifestyle for yourselves in your very own home from home at Harrogate Lifestyle Apartments.
During your visit you will be spoiled for choice on what to do and where to dine with all the fabulous cafes, shops, restaurants, walks, gardens, museums, galleries and spa's to choose from. You will be planning your return trip before you leave!
The aristocratic and the fashionable used to flock to 19th century Harrogate to take the waters, enjoy the elegant regency buildings and extensive gardens. The town features the grand Royal Hall, with RHS Harlow Carr Gardens and a 220-acre Stray protected by Royal decree.
As a town Harrogate will always leave you with a lasting impression. Whether you are visiting for a conference at the Harrogate exhibition centre, Yorkshire Event Centre or just fancy a break away in a cultural, visually stimulating and affluent area, visit Harrogate has got to be on your bucket list!
Famed for its boutique shops in the Montpellier Quarter, stylish restaurants in the town, the Turkish Baths Health Spa and the world famous Bettys Tea Rooms, Harrogate has become a hub for those who admire a rich history, culture and nature. With new bars and restaurants regularly popping up, elegant art galleries, chic coffee shops and designer stores, Harrogate truly has something for everyone.
In 2013 Harrogate was declared the 3rd most romantic destination IN THE WORLD! Beating Paris, Vienna and Rome! Where better to take your loved one for a romantic holiday than in one of our town centre apartments.
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History of Harrogate
Today Harrogate is widely regarded as one of the best places to live in the UK. The “gem of the North” is a historical spa town that has been attracting tourists from across the UK for hundreds of years.
Most famous for its spa waters, the fabulous Victorian architecture and stunning surroundings including the superb Yorkshire Dales. The town became known as 'The English Spa' in the Georgian Era, after its waters were discovered in the 16th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries its 'chalybeate' waters (containing iron) were a popular health treatment, and the influx of wealthy but sickly visitors contributed significantly to the wealth of the town.
Nearby is the Yorkshire Dales national park and the Nidderdale an area of natural beauty. Harrogate grew out of two smaller settlements, High Harrogate and Low Harrogate, in the 17th century.
The first mineral spring was discovered in 1571 by William Slingsby who found that water from the Tewit Well possessed similar properties to that from springs in the Belgian town of Spa, which gave its name to spa towns. The medicinal properties of the waters were publicized by Edmund Deane. His book, Spadacrene Anglica, or the English Spa Fountain was published in 1626. Harrogate developed a spa town following the enclosure of surrounding lands in 1770, when 200 acres were reserved as a public common, the Stray, which has remained a public open space.
To provide entertainment for the increasing numbers of visitors the Georgian Theatre was built in 1788. Bath Hospital (later the Royal Bath Hospital) was built in 1826. The Royal Pump Room was built in 1842. The site of Tewit Well is marked by a dome on the Stray. Other wells can be found in the Valley Gardens and Royal Pump Room museum.
Did you know that Agatha Christie was famously found in the ballroom of the Old Swan Hotel, when she disappeared in 1926 and fled to the town? Charles Dickens also paid a visit to Harrogate and said...
"Harrogate is the queerest place with the strangest people in it, leading the oddest lives of dancing, newspaper reading and dining."
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Harrogate was popular among the English élite and frequented by nobility from mainland Europe. Its popularity declined after the First World War. During the Second World War, Harrogate's large hotels accommodated government offices evacuated from London paving the way for the town to become a commercial, conference, and exhibition centre.
Where to Eat
With a fully equipped kitchen in your apartment, you may be planning a night in, but if dining out is more your style, Harrogate is packed full of fabulous restaurants and cafes to choose from for your breakfast, lunch or your evening meal.
We are building relationships with restaurant owners in Harrogate all year round, so that we can offer you some superb discount dining during your stay. Every little helps to enjoy the Harrogate Lifestyle. Take advantage of our valuable local knowledge as we reveal some of our favourite Harrogate restaurants listed in your pre arrival welcome pack.
Bettys - One of the top tourist attractions in Harrogate has to be the famous Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms on Parliament Street. Customers are greeted by a tempting array of delicious Yorkshire and Continental confections in the shop and an elegant Café Tea Room, serving teas and meals in the traditional English style. Bettys are one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners so our guests can enjoy a discount. We recommend making time for Afternoon Tea at Bettys in Harrogate. You can enjoy the royal treatment as the cafe pianist plays and you are invited to choose a selection of rare specialty teas, whilst being delighted by a gleaming silver cake stand laden with dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones and exquisite handmade cakes.
The Bettys in the town centre was founded in 1919 and is the original Bettys. There are now in fact six Betty’s tea rooms located across the Yorkshire region, two of which are in Harrogate! The second is at Harlow Carr by Harlow Carr Gardens. Both are truly a treat!
TO MAKE A RESERVATION PLEASE CALL BETTYS ON 01423 814 070 or email Imperial.Room@bettysandtaylors.co.uk / 1 Parliament St, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Jamie Oliver's Italian - Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has partnered with us in Harrogate and even better news, his Harrogate restaurant is just around the corner from Harrogate Lifestyle Apartments.
As one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners, when you dine at Jamie Oliver's during your stay you will receive a 20% discount off your food bill and a complimentary glass of prosecco!
TO MAKE A RESERVATION PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT ON 01423 229 920 / Harrogate House, 33-35 Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2RE.
Weetons Food Hall- A relaxed atmosphere, great food and drinks with a deli counter feel and restaurant to the side can be found at Weetons Food Hall who are another one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners. Weetons also provide our breakfasts should guests wish to have a food pack prepared and in their apartment for their arrival. We recommend popping in during the day to enjoy the Grazing menu as you can sit inside or our and enjoy views over the Stray which is the protected field areas surrounding the town. Weetons restaurant also offer our guests a 10% discount on their fantastic "Grazing Menu" should you wish to dine there between 3pm and 6pm. We love Weetons because they are as passionate about their food as we are about providing excellent accommodation in Harrogate. Weetons strive to provide customers with an enticing range of fresh and food cupboard must-haves; their fresh food is premium quality and locally sourced wherever possible and they work tirelessly to establish long term relationships with their farmers, growers and suppliers. Being Yorkshire born and bred, we particularly love them for that!
NO RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BUT IF YOU DO WISH TO SECURE A TABLE FOR YOUR STAY, PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT ON 01423 507 100 / Weetons, 23/24 West Park, Harrogate, HG1 1BJ
Cardamom Black - Exclusive Pan South Asian Bar & Restaurant in Harrogate's Empire Theatre Building. Born from the love and passion of serving great food in a truly unique environment Cardamom Black combine the strengths of two generations of restaurant experience, Highly-skilled Chefs and Exquisite Ingredients. With a fully licensed bar and restaurant that can cater for up to 300 guests, Cardamom Black have two Bar Areas, a Fresh Fish Bar, Private Dining Facilities & Conferencing and a Grand Stage Area. Cardamom Black are also one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners so our guests can enjoy a discount.
TO MAKE A RESERVATION PLEASE CALL CARDAMOM BLACK ON 01423 31 31 36 / 2-6 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1DD
Buon Gusto Italian Ristorante - Enjoy a taste of Italy from just around the corner. Buon Gusto Italian Ristorante is stunning! The food is fantastic and the service is with charm. Buon Gusto are one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners who offer 20% off your total bill!
TO MAKE A RESERVATION PLEASE CALL BUON GUSTO ITALIAN RESTAURANT ON 01423 541 855 / 15 Cheltenham, Crescent, Harrogate, HG1 1DH
Starling Independent Beer & Coffee House - Coffee house by day serving food and great beers and a bar at night, this is a great place to pop into during your stay and better yet, they are another one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners so our guests receive 10% off food orders when dining during your stay.
TO MAKE A RESERVATION PLEASE CALL STARLING INDEPENDENT BEER AND COFFEE HOUSE ON 01423 531 310 / 47 Oxford Street, Harrogate
Burgers and More - Exactly as the name implies, this restaurant offers a great range of homemade burger creations alongside pizzas and much more. Burgers and More is also another one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners so our guests receive 20% OFF the food bill when dining here. Restrictions - The discount does not apply Saturdays after 5pm and not on mothers day , Fathers Day and not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
TO MAKE A RESERVATION PLEASE CALL BURGERS AND MORE ON 01423 523796 / 11-19 King's Rd, Harrogate HG1 5JY
Norse - Norse is a relaxed restaurant in Harrogate cooking modern food using Yorkshire produce.
If you enjoy Michelin star dining in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, we recommend Norse restaurant on Swan Road who are also one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners. Choose from the à la carte or the tasting menu, or visit a little earlier to take advantage of their early evening deal. They use locally-sourced ingredients in all their dishes and change the menu regularly for an experience that's fun, interesting, and a little bit different. All dishes can be complemented with a range of specialty craft beers, wines, and cocktails, and the restaurant also offers aperitifs and after dinner options.
TO MAKE A RESERVATION PLEASE CALL NORSE RESTAURANT ON 01423 313400 / Norse, 28A Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA
The Turkish Baths and Health Spa
Harrogate is a Spa town and there are lots of treatment rooms to choose from but the most famous would be The Turkish Baths and Health Spa. A Turkish Baths ritual is a journey of heating, cooling and cleansing the body, promoting a sense of relaxation and a clear mind.
We recommend a visit to The Turkish Baths which is located just around the corner from Harrogate Lifestyle Apartments so you can easily walk there.
The Turkish Baths and Health Spa - Prepare yourself for the relaxation experience of a lifetime... With the pace of life today, it’s more important than ever to take time out to unwind to regularly devote an hour and a half to the serious business of relaxing! At Harrogate’s Turkish Baths & Health Spa, amidst surroundings that are pure Victorian, you’ll enjoy a unique experience enhanced by friendly, yet unobtrusive, attention. Definitely a must for the couples who plan to stay with us as there are mixed sessions available as well as single sex sessions for the groups of ladies who would perhaps prefer that. Guided Tours are available upon request when arranged directly with the Turkish Baths.
Steam Room: This hot room with high levels of humidity, combined with eucalyptus infused steam, allows your body to relax, melts away tension in the muscles and opens pores helping to eliminate toxins.
The Heated Chambers
Tepidarium (Warm Room): A heat warms the body. This room prepares your body for the hotter Chambers.
Calidarium (Hot Room): The intermediate heated room allowing the warmth to continue its therapeutic effect on the musculature.
Laconium (hottest Room): A more relaxing, less intense environment than a modern sauna, the Laconium purifies and detoxifies the body by opening the pores and stimulating the circulation.
Plunge Pool: Brace yourself when you immerse your body in this cold invigorating pool. The change in temperature on the body improves circulation, flushes out toxins in the muscles and provides a toning effect.
Relaxation Room: Spend 30 minutes cooling down in the elegant Frigidarium to round off the Turkish experience.
Showers: Throughout the Turkish Baths there are showers to wash away any impurities on the body and prepare your skin for the next experience.
Home to the annual agricultural event of the year, The Great Yorkshire Show in the Summer and incredible flower shows in Autumn and Spring, be sure to visit the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, a must for the enthusiastic gardener. A truly stunning place to visit.
RHS Harlow Carr Gardens alternates season by season. The garden is innovatively designed pushing the boundaries of design and planting styles, creating displays that are beautiful but sometimes provocative. RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, houses woodland, a wildflower meadow, the Queen Mother’s Lake and many other breath taking nature displays. It is perfect to explore at any time of year.
Next door there is also a Betty's tea room, famous for it’s delicious cakes and treats which is a delightful spot for afternoon tea after an eventful day walking through the gardens.
Experience the beauty of nature with flower meadows, woodland and streams. A great family day out and only five minutes by car.
Valley Gardens is an English Heritage Grade II Listed garden which along with woodland known as The Pinewoods, covers 17 acres. The Gardens contain a greater number of mineral springs than any other known place. Beautiful historical buildings such as the Sun Pavilion and Colonnades sit alongside a wide variety of outdoor games, children's play area and the Magnesia Well Café.
The Valley Gardens offer a location fun for all the family with colourful seasonal flowers along with a skate park, mini golf area, children’s play park, large tennis court and a small café called Magnesia Wells.
Popular especially when the sun is shining, the Valley Gardens are open all year round, 24 hours a day and are the perfect place to spend the day with family or friends. Fortunately for you, our apartments are within easy walking distance! The main entrance to The Valley Gardens is situated at the junction of Cornwall Road, Valley Drive and Royal Parade Harrogate. Post Code HG1 2SZ.
The Montpellier Quarter is home to 80 exclusive shops, pavement cafes, bars and award winning restaurants. The whole of Harrogate is encapsulated within the Montpellier Quarter, making it an ideal day out. Whether you choose to while away an afternoon in one of the quarter's quaint street cafes, watching the world go by, or hit the street on a serious shopping mission, the Montpellier Quarter envelopes you in style. The breath taking surroundings, gardens, floral hanging baskets and cobbled streets all add to the traditional atmosphere of the area.
Enjoy new, modern and contemporary retailers; Farrah's famous toffee and food emporium, exclusive ladies' and men's fashions, hair and beauty salons, interior designers, antiques, contemporary furniture, kitchen and bedroom specialists can all be found nestling side by side in the quarter.
See our list of Harrogate Lifestyle Partners for shops who offer our guests discounts.
The Royal Pump Room Museum
The Royal Pump Room is a Grade II* listed building next to the entrance to the Valley Gardens. Today it houses the town's museum which is operated by the Harrogate Borough Council. It was formerly a spa water pump house. Today, the Pump Room consists of both the original 1842 stone rotunda and a glazed annexe which was opened in 1913. The Pump Room offered guests of the town an all weather facility where they could drink sulphur water which was pumped on site from a natural spring known as the Old Sulphur Well. The building also had a social element to it as it provided guests with a place to meet friends and get to know others.
From contemporary pieces at the Walker Galleries on Montpellier Parade, modern pieces at RedHouse Originals on Cheltenham Mount through to classic 19th and 20th century collections at the Mercer Art Gallery on Swan Road, you can lose hours enjoying paintings new and old in Harrogate galleries.
The Montpellier Quarter is home to the 'Antiques and Art Centre of the North': with many quality antique shops and art galleries.
Venture down to Swan Road and you will discover The Mercer Art Gallery which is the home to Harrogate districts fine art collection and you can enjoy a range of pieces that are rotated throughout the year as new exhibitions unfold.
The gallery consists of some 2000 works of art, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection includes works by William Powell Frith, Atkinson Grimshaw, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dame Laura Knight, Alan Davie and many more. The collection is not on permanent display. There is a changing exhibition programme in each of the two gallery spaces which ranges from national touring exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture and crafts to exhibitions from the permanent collections to displays by local artists.
In our reception entrance, we are proud to be displaying a wonderful Giclee Print from a paper cut created by Anita Bowerman called "Enjoy Harrogate".
Anita Bowerman is the official Yorkshire Artist for the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire.
Anita has worked as a professional artist for over 20 years and is well known for her vivid use of colour in her paintings and her intricate paper cut work. The piece we have in our entrance is an intricate paper cut of Harrogate as a birds-eye view map displaying some of the towns best known landmarks including the Royal Hall, Bettys, Valley Gardens, the Royal Baths and many more, including the location of her art studio. where Anita can give you a private tour or even an art class if you want?
The original map took 3 months to research and hand cut from one piece of paper. It features all the prominent buildings and attractions in Harrogate and even shows detail of some people on the streets generally enjoying themselves.
This map is available to order as a print in more colours and in the following sizes A4 £35, A3 £55, A2 £125 and A1 £185. Please order in the gallery, via the website www.anitabowerman.co.uk or by phone 07760157046. Anita told us...
"I am absolutely delighted that a large print of my first paper cut map of Harrogate will be hanging in the reception area of the Harrogate Lifestyle Apartments. By sheer coincidence I named it 'Enjoy Harrogate' when I first designed and hand cut this a few years ago. The visitors of these stunning, perfectly located serviced apartments, can now use this map as a reference to discover interesting places to visit and enjoy in our historical town. Pop in to see other prints, paintings and cushions at my gallery The Dove Tree Art Studio just round the corner"
The Dove Tree Art Studio is situated very near to our apartments just off Cheltenham Mount at Back Granville Road HG1 1AB.
Anita would be more than happy to discuss her availability to give our guests at Harrogate Lifestyle Apartments a Private Tour of the Studio during your stay. You could even have a Half/Full Day Art Course!
Simply contact Anita via her website prior to your arrival to find out more.
Alternatively you could pop in during your visit to view or purchase from her collection should you find a piece you want to take home.
We also display a beautiful collection of limited edition hand signed photograph prints taken of Harrogate town centre by local Harrogate Photographer Richard Clark. Details on how to purchase prints during your stay can be found in your welcome packs. www.Harrogate-Photography.co.uk
Harrogate is part of what is known to the locals as the “Golden Triangle”. A term commonly used for the area of West and North Yorkshire lying between Harrogate, York, North Leeds and their surrounding towns like stunning Knaresborough.
With superb transport links in Harrogate to the city centres of Leeds, York and the town of Knaresborough you may wish to venture further afield on your own, to enjoy more of the surrounding areas of Harrogate.
Perhaps you would like to have a Day at the Races! York, Ripon and Wetherby racecourses are close-by. Or you wish to enjoy some history at Ripley Castle, Bolton Abbey, Fountains Abbey or perhaps a trip to the Skipton market.
You could even go as far as a drive out to visit the seaside at Whitby or Scarborough. Both would be options for a day trip as they are just a few hours drive from Harrogate.
A day out exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors National Park would be an eye opening experience for you to see why so many people choose to live in Harrogate with such beautiful scenic views surrounding the town.
With places so close to Harrogate for you to explore; Brimham Rocks, How Stean Gorge, Stump Cross Caverns, Plumpton Rocks and Harewood House, a tour would be a superb way to make the most out of your stay with us. We recommend YorTours who are one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners.
There are many wonderful attractions and locations within and around the town that attract people from across the region and one of the best ways to explore them is with a Tour from YorTours.
From concierge to bespoke tours, Nick Smith at YorTours comes highly accredited and recommended.
“Enjoy a driver-guided tour of the most spectacular parts of Yorkshire countryside, towns and villages. Choose a tailor-made itinerary then sit back and take in the splendour of Yorkshire from the comfort of our 6-seater Mercedes-Benz with its unique triple sunroof which provides excellent all round visibility over walls and hedgerows.
We specialise in bespoke journeys throughout Yorkshire but also offer our unique YorTours Chauffeur service with transfers to and from airports, rail stations, special occasions, weddings or appointments.” Nick Smith. YorTours Owner.
YorTours are one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners so our guests can enjoy a discount during their stay using his services.
Pubs and Bars
To give you the real feel for the Harrogate Lifestyle, the pubs you need to visit are The Little Ale House (just around the corner from us), The Old Bell Tavern, The Blues Bar (a timeless classic), The Starling Independant Beer and Coffee House, The Fat Badger, The Harrogate Tap (next to the train station), The Coach and Horses (overlooking the Stray), Hales Bar (oldest gas lit pub in Harrogate), William and Victoria (also known for it's great food) and then there is the Brasserie (where you can enjoy some live jazz).
You wouldn’t be out of place in these venues sporting a tweed jacket, a flat cap and a pint of locally produced cask ale or larger. Most pubs in Harrogate offer food too.
If it is bubbles you are looking for then you may want to check out The Champagne Concept who are one of our Harrogate Lifestyle Partners. Here you can relax in a champagne tasting lounge and try loads of different small batch bottles in tasting flights, or drink the whole bottle if you prefer! We can arrange taster sessions for you if you wish.
If it’s a wine bar you are after, then we recommend you pop accross to John Street just off James Street. There there are a few larger bars along Parliament Street and down the Ginnel toward Montpellier Gardens.
You will find several bars dotted around Harrogate but the above are the main areas to check out. At each place you can also enjoy a bite to eat.
Theatre and Royal Hall
A trip to Harrogate wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Harrogate Royal Hall and the Harrogate Theatre. One of the best times of year to visit Harrogate Theatre is in the Winter to see the Pantomime! It is always a huge hit for families of all ages. The theatre itself is quite a marvel and has superb shows throughout the year to enjoy including some great comedy club nights the locals love. Find out What's On?
The Harrogate Royal Hall is a golden marvel and hosts shows all year round with great entertainment. There are even open days where you can learn about the Royal Hall itself on guided tours.