Galleries, gardens, shops and boutiques.
Harrogate is famed for its spa history and at the heart of the town the Royal Pump Room tells the town’s story. There are a number of museums and galleries, including the Mercer Gallery, which is free to browse. Slightly further afield is Ripley Castle, a spectacular building set in a fine deer park.
The town is the perfect destination for garden-lovers. Just a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel are the 17-acre Valley Gardens, with many places to sit and relax. Then there is the RHS garden at Harlow Carr, which has lots of incredible displays, with a shop and plants for sale. The centre of the town is defined by the open spaces of the famous Stray – more than 200 acres of parkland, which is perfect for picnics, brisk walks or just sitting in the sun.
The Country Living Hotel is perfectly located in the very heart of the town from which it is an easy walk to the Stray and the shopping streets. Harrogate is home to many independent local shops and traders – you can buy everything from linens, cheese and fresh local meat to jewellery and even buttons. Do explore the alleyways and side streets where you will find many antiques and crafts shops.
And we’re neighbours of one of Harrogate’s most famous landmarks, Bettys Tea Rooms, where you can purchase delicious cakes, chocolates and Bettys Blend teas and coffees to take home.
Exploring further afield.
The hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the wonderful countryside surrounding Harrogate. The Yorkshire Dales are just a short drive away – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and loved by walkers for the miles of pathways and sweeping views. Closer by are the National Trust properties at Studley Water Park and Fountains Abbey, as well as Brimham Rocks.
Events & Festivals.
Harrogate has a busy calendar of events, which include the Spring and Autumn Flower shows, the huge Great Yorkshire Show in July and, of course, the Country Living Christmas Fair at the end of November! Our annual Fair takes at the HICC, which is just next door to the hotel – so it couldn’t be easier to combine Christmas shopping with a stay – book early to secure your room!