Best places to stay in Harrogate

5 Best Places to Stay in Harrogate: Best Areas & Hotels

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So, you’re planning a trip to Yorkshire and looking for information about the best places to stay in Harrogate?

The elegant spa town of Harrogate is known for its up-market shopping, splendid parks, beautiful Victorian architecture, and top-notch places to eat. Just 40 minutes by train from Leeds, Harrogate is less than three hours from London. It’s the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

In this post, you’ll get a Harrogate local’s perspective on the best places to stay in Harrogate to help you plan your trip to this thriving and busy Yorkshire town. You can also check out some FAQs and recommended activities.

Harrogate is a thriving town steeped in history. There are several areas in and around the town that I would also recommend as great places to stay in Harrogate.

The town centre is one of the best places to stay in Harrogate
The town centre is one of the best places to stay in Harrogate and is close to many of the boutique hotels Harrogate has to offer

Where to Stay in Harrogate: Best Areas & Hotels

I’ve lived in Harrogate for almost six years, so I know the town and local area well. I’ve hand-picked this list of the best places to stay in Harrogate to help you plan your trip.

If you’re looking for places to stay in Harrogate or the best hotels and B&Bs in the wider Nidderdale area, you’re in luck! Perhaps you would like some ideas for luxury hotels in Harrogate or places to stay in Harrogate with parking included, so you don’t need to faff around finding parking spaces. You don’t need to look any further.

Here are my recommendations for the best places to stay in Harrogate.

1. Harrogate Town Centre – Where Stay In Harrogate For First-Time Visitors (Sightseeing)

The attractive and compact town centre is the best place to stay in Harrogate if you visit for the first time or a short break. With a convenient town centre train and bus station, you won’t need to waste any time getting to Harrogate’s best attractions, places to shop, and restaurants and bars.

royal pump house museum harrogate
The Royal Pump House Museum, Harrogate, close to the centrally located Premier Inn Harrogate

Best Things To Do In Harrogate Town Centre

✔️ Take a leisurely 80-minute FREE walking tour with Harry – a fantastically knowledgeable local guide.

✔️ Explore Harrogate’s heritage as a spa town, including the unique Harrogate Turkish Baths, the Royal Pump Rooms and the Winter Gardens (now a Wetherspoon’s pub)

✔️ Snoop around the swanky boutiques, antique shops and cafes in the Montpellier Quarter

 ✔️ Wander through the beautiful Valley Gardens. Don’t miss the lovely 1920s Japanese ‘Garden of Serenity’, with its pretty pagoda and bridges

✔️ Enjoy a stylish afternoon tea at the iconic Betty’s Tearooms – think starched white linen and silver service with unbelievably good cakes!

✔️ Treat yourself to a small group Harrogate food tour, tasting the best local produce while learning about Harrogate’s history and sampling a local beer.

Foodie tours are very popular in Harrogate! You need to book in advance to secure your place.  ➡️ Click here to book Harrogate’s best-rated local food tour.

The iconic Bettys Tearoom - close to some of the best places to stay in Harrogate
The iconic Bettys Tearoom – close to some of the best places to stay in Harrogate

Where To Stay In Harrogate Town Centre

Harrogate is a popular tourist location for day-trippers and visitors planning to stay longer. I’ve handpicked some of the best places to stay in Harrogate for you here:

📍 The Chapel Boutique B&B (Affordable Luxury)

A Methodist chapel converted into a luxurious B&B filled with fantastic artwork, the Chapel Boutique B&B is beautiful outside and in and a real find.

Guests can choose from five sumptuously appointed and individually styled guest suites with massive beds and charming, quirky touches.

Top Tip: Try the Yellow suite with its beautiful marbled bathroom and free-standing bath, the Balcony Suite with double glass doors opening onto the chapel gallery or perhaps the fabulously ornate Chinese Opium Suite.

 ➡️ Click here to book your stay at this outstanding and highly-rated B&B in Harrogate.

📍 The West Park Inn (Affordable Luxury)

If top-drawer quality and a convenient central location, combined with a buzzing pavement café/bar, are what you’re looking for, the West Park Hotel is an excellent choice.

➡️ Save money and book your room at the West Park Hotel here

📍 Hotel du Vin (Affordable Luxury)

A lovely hotel that combines French style with Yorkshire hospitality. Hotel du Vin is very popular with locals and visitors and right on the doorstep of the best things to do in Harrogate.

The comfortable rooms are beautiful, and there’s a pretty courtyard perfect for al fresco drinks. You’ll want to check out the excellent food (especially the very popular Sunday lunch) in the hotel’s bistro or linger for drinks at the very convivial bar.

 ➡️ Check prices for your dates at the Hotel du Vin Harrogate by clicking here.

2. Harrogate Outskirts – Where Stay In Harrogate For Unashamed Luxury (Relax and Rejuvenate)

If you’re heading up to North Yorkshire to ‘get away from it all’ and recharge your batteries, Rudding Park Hotel and Spa is the ultimate place to stay.

A large country-house hotel set in acres of rolling parkland with its own golf course, Rudding Park also has the most incredible, huge rooftop spa!

Every aspect of your stay will be superb, from the large stylish guest rooms to the exquisite restaurants and the outstanding customer service where nothing is too much trouble.

Unlike many hotels in the town centre, Rudding Park is one of the best places to stay in Harrogate, with parking for free.

 ➡️ Check availability at Rudding Park here for your travel dates.

3. Rural Nidderdale Villages – Where To Stay In Harrogate District for Hiking, Biking and Escapism

Harrogate is a great base for visiting the wider Nidderdale area and a superb place to stay if you want the convenience of town centre amenities combined with day trips to the countryside. Close to Harrogate, there are incredible options for more rural accommodation too.

Fountains Abbey near Harrogate
Fountains Abbey near Harrogate is close to some of the loveliest places to stay in Harrogate district

Best Things To Do In Nidderdale

✔️ Visit UNESCO World Heritage 12th century Fountains Abbey

✔️ Explore the beautiful cathedral city of Ripon

✔️ Discover Coldstones Cut – the biggest public artwork in the UK

✔️ Take a tour of the Yorkshire Dales with a knowledgeable local guide, with incredible photo stops along the way!

➡️ Find the highest-rated tour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park (departing from Harrogate) here.

Where To Stay In Nidderdale

This area of North Yorkshire has a selection of quality hotels and short-stay apartments. Here are some of the best places to stay in Nidderdale:

📍 Grantley Hall (Super Deluxe)

This is luxury with a capital L. Discretely tucked away in rural Nidderdale, with its own helipad, Grantley Hall offers the last word in comfort, style and service.

From the moment you drive through the gates, you’ll be greeted warmly with valet parking while your bags are whisked away to your room. The building is magnificent, the multiple restaurants superb (including the Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall), and the huge guest rooms are incredible. Afternoon tea here is a special treat!

➡️ Start planning your stay at Grantley Hall here.

If you’ve set your heart on a quaint Yorkshire cottage, you will love The Lodge in stunning Masham or Croft Cottage in quaint Pateley Bridge – the village with the world’s oldest sweet (candy) shop.

Visiting Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK: FAQs

I hope I’ve answered your questions about places to stay in Harrogate. In case I’ve missed something, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this town.

Is Harrogate worth visiting?

Harrogate has been a tourist hotspot since the railway arrived, bringing Victorian visitors to the town to try the healing spring waters. The town has a delightful ambience and plenty of attractions to keep visitors entertained and well-fed.

Where did Agatha Christie stay in Harrogate?

The Old Swan Hotel was where the ‘Queen of Crime Fiction’ was discovered 11 days after she went missing in 1926, creating an international media storm. The Old Swan has been one of the most popular hotels in Harrogate ever since!

What is Harrogate most famous for?

Harrogate was a luxury getaway for Victorian tourists visiting to ‘take the waters’ at the Royal Pump Room and enjoy the Turkish Baths.

Today, Harrogate is a floral town with magnificent displays in the town and its immaculate parks and gardens. Valley Gardens receives 3 million visitors a year!

Is Harrogate good for a weekend away?

Harrogate is a perennially popular weekend destination. Whether you love browsing quality boutiques and antique shops, discovering historical attractions or dining around, there will be plenty to keep you busy in Harrogate for a weekend.

Which towns are close to Harrogate?

Harrogate is just 40 minutes by train from the cities of Leeds and York and a 20-minute drive from the quaint little city of Ripon. The town is a very short distance from many of the most beautiful towns in Yorkshire, including Knaresborough, Ripley, Skipton and Haworth (the Bronte Sisters’ village).

Is Harrogate dog-friendly?

With dog-friendly restaurants, pubs and cafes, and plentiful green spaces to exercise your furry friend, Harrogate is perfect for dog lovers.

Wrap Up: Best Places To Stay In Harrogate

So there we have it. Whether you’re planning to visit Harrogate for the history, gardens, shopping, and food experiences or to enjoy ‘the great outdoors’, Harrogate will surprise and delight you. Now you only need to decide which of the hotels in Harrogate to choose.

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