Harrogate

Heritage, cultural and natural wonder: Harrogate has it all. Moreover, being an elegant spa town and a prime conference destination alike, both leisure and business tourists can be catered for. With a collection of modern industry-accredited venues which were purposely built for business use, such as the Harrogate International Centre, as well as a wide range of outdoor activities, Harrogate can host all manners of business activities from meetings to conferences to exhibitions to team-building activities.  

However, whether you visit Harrogate for business or leisure, there is one thing that can be guaranteed with your trip: there will be no lacking in the heritage department. A district steeped in history, all manners of castles and ruins can be found with many a tale of rivalry, rebellion and uprising to be unearthed. One particular historical site that must not be neglected on any trip to Harrogate are the Fountains Abbey, the largest ruins in the country, which alongside the equally impressive sites of the water garden and Elizabethan manor house, come together to form an simply unmissable World Heritage Site.   

Being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Harrogate also makes the perfect place for an adventurous family trip with ruins, monuments and temples being dotted all about the picturesque landscape. Cultivated by men and nature alike, this is an area that cannot go without some adventurous exploration; particularly spell-binding sites such as Brimham Rocks and Amscliffe Crag. There are plenty of wonders to marvel at and whether you want to go hiking or merely to take a tranquil picnic in the open space, the wondrous views are sure to not let you down- neither will the beauty of the horticultural wonder that is the acclaimed RHS Garden Harlow Carr. After all that thrill-seeking adventure and exploration, it would be no surprise if you were after a little relaxation. Thankfully, between its wealth of elegant tearooms as well as its Turkish Baths & Health Spa, Harrogate is certainly the place to be for a little TLC. 

Harrogate is a cultural hub with there being no shortage of galleries or museums to admire-you can even witness the artists and craftsmen at play. Moreover, Harrogate plays host to a wide range of exciting festivals all year long that cover all interests from classical music to art, with the largest and most renowned being the Harrogate International Festival and the Crime Writing Festival.

With its reputation as a cultural and historical oasis, it is no surprise that Harrogate can cater for a wide variety of holidays whether you are going to admire its natural beauty or its quirky and cute independent stores, cafes and galleries in the idyllic market towns. Thanks to the Harrogate district covering areas such as Ripon, Nidderdale, Masham and the Yorskhire Dales, it is clear that a day-trip will not be enough!