Harrogate is a beautiful town in North Yorkshire, located close to the River Nidd and surrounded by stunning countryside. This picturesque town is well known for its abundance of amenities, its excellent schools, and its variety of public transport connections. Below you'll find a guide to all the wonderful things Harrogate has to offer.

Local Schools

Harrogate is home to some of the best schools in the area, offering a range of educational opportunities for both children and adults. There are a number of excellent schools in the area, including:

  • Harrogate Grammar School (Primary)
  • Pannal Ash Primary School (Primary)
  • Oatlands Primary School (Primary)
  • St Aidan's Church of England High School (Secondary)
  • Harrogate High School (Secondary)
  • Harrogate Grammar School (Secondary)


Harrogate is full of amenities for both locals and visitors alike. The town is home to an excellent selection of shops, stores, and restaurants; Betty’s in particular offers a wonderful afternoon tea menu. There is also a large variety of leisure facilities, including the ‘Picturedome’ cinema, ‘Bowlplex’ bowling alley, and a range of parks and open spaces. In addition, Harrogate also hosts several annual events throughout the year, such as the Harrogate Flower Show and the Great Yorkshire Show.

Public Transport Network

Harrogate is well connected to the wider Yorkshire area and beyond through its extensive public transport network. The town is served by several bus routes, some of which take you to the coast, as well as the Northern Rail network which connects Harrogate to major cities such as Leeds and York, and LNER services which take you to London in less than three hours. In addition, the town is also close to several major airports, including Manchester Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport.

Nearby Attractions

Harrogate is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the region, as well as some of the most iconic tourist attractions in Yorkshire. The town is close to the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, where visitors can enjoy a day out exploring the area's stunning scenery. In addition, the town is also close to a number of other popular attractions, such as:

  • Ripon Cathedral: A beautiful cathedral that is over 1,300 years old.
  • Fountains Abbey: a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of the most important monastic ruins in England.
  • The River Nidd: A tributary of the River Ouse. In its first few miles it is dammed three times to create Angram Reservoir, Scar House Reservoir and Gouthwaite Reservoir, which attract a total of around 150,000 visitors a year.

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