What to do near the Country Living Hotel St George, Harrogate

What to do in Harrogate

The delightful spa town of Harrogate has become one of Yorkshire’s most popular destinations – its distinctive, elegant architecture combined with delightful gardens, museums, galleries, spas and tea rooms mean there really is something for everyone.

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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!

Upcoming Events

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Harrogate Music Festival Sun 1 Jul - Tue 31 Jul
Great Yorkshire Show Tue 10 Jul - Thu 12 Jul
Leeds Castle Classical Concert Sat 14 Jul
Ripley Show Sun 12 Aug
Black Dyke Band Sat 1 Sep
Harrogate Flower Shows Fri 14 Sep - Sun 16 Sep
Ilkley Literature Festival Fri 28 Sep - Mon 8 Oct
. Thu 18 Oct - Sun 21 Oct
. Sat 20 Oct - Sun 21 Oct
. Fri 2 Nov - Sun 4 Nov
. Wed 5 Dec - Fri 7 Dec

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Royal Hall Theatre

This grade II-listed Edwardian building was re-opened in 2008 after an £8 million restoration by Prince Charles. Located on the outskirts of Harrogate’s town centre and offering a 1,000-seat capacity, this theatre has spectacular décor with a large floor space creating a truly breath-taking setting for some unmissable performances.

Brimham Rocks

This 400-acre National Trust property has been described as “nature’s playground”. It is an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations that provide a natural adventure play park for families, climbers or those looking to enjoy nature. Allow yourself a few hours to explore the area and the formations, before taking in the beautiful views overlooking Nidderdale in the magnificent Yorkshire countryside.

Royal Pump Museum

One of Harrogate’s top attractions, the Royal Pump Museum is home to Europe’s strongest sulphur well. It’s an interesting spa building, where you can learn about the town’s unusual history.

Taste the spa water, and learn about the treatments that were once offered to visitors. The attraction also includes replicas of old-fashioned shops, and has ever-changing exhibits.

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Harrogate International Centre

The HIC is a business conference, event, and exhibition centre, located in the centre of Harrogate.

Live performances, music concerts, business exhibitions, antique shows, wedding fairs and sporting events are amongst the many reasons to visit. Eight halls provide various spaces, totalling 16,500 square metres, and the St. George Hotel is conveniently located directly adjacent to it.

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Betty’s Tea Rooms

Famed the world over, these tea rooms are the perfect place to relax and soak up the Edwardian splendour of this charming spa town.

Betty’s first opened its doors in 1919, and they’ve since served their delicious cream teas, cakes and traditional English meals to visitors from all over the world. This charming family business has grown into a chain serving more than 1 million customers a year. You can book a private afternoon tea, accompanied by soothing piano music.

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Ripley Castle

Just three miles from Harrogate, Ripley Castle is one of the most impressive historic buildings in Yorkshire.

The castle and gardens are open to the public, and the rooms within can be used for weddings and conferences. As well as standard castle tours, members of staff offer tours tailored specifically to children and teenagers. There is an on-site deer park, as well as a tea room and gift shop.

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Victoria Shopping Centre and the Montpellier Quarter 

Harrogate’s most popular shopping centre is home to more than 30 stores, as well as a range of restaurants and fast food outlets, while the Montpellier Quarter houses some fantastically quaint, independent shops.

Its central location makes it easily accessible from The St George Hotel, with all your favourite stores within a 10-minute walk – retail therapy, anyone?

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Spa Baths

In Victorian times, spa baths were a relatively common find. Very few survive in England today, and Harrogate’s Turkish spa baths are some of the best-preserved and effortlessly luxurious in the country.

They’re the most complete, and are still in full working order, allowing visitors to really appreciate the intricate detail and elaborate decoration, from coloured bricks to painted ceilings, and Italian terrazzo floors.

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Harewood House

Harewood House is a charming 18th-century building surrounded by landscaped grounds designed by Capability Brown.

The house features magnificent furnishings, collections of paintings, impressive antique furniture, and delicate pieces of porcelain all carefully displayed for visitors to view. The Bird Garden is home to a variety of colourful birds from all over the world, from penguins and flamingos to parrots and owls, whilst themed gardens include lakes, sculptures and a diverse display of flowers. Gifts, books, and plants are sold on site, and you can enjoy ice creams and snacks in the tea rooms.

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Lightwater Valley Theme Park

A family-friendly theme park with rides and attractions for all ages, Lightwater Valley is home to roller coasters, thrill rides, children’s rides, a boating lake, and the Angry Birds activity park.

The venue is also home to the Lightwater Country Shopping Village, where you can enjoy traditional home-cooked food, meet birds of prey, and shop for clothes, gifts, and accessories.

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Fountains Abbey

A National Trust property, this abbey is surrounded by Georgian water gardens and a medieval deer park — for a fascinating day-out or epic picnic destination.

It’s a World Heritage Site with 12th-century ruins, an outdoor theatre, stunning parkland, and an on-site restaurant where you can enjoy meals and snacks, locally-produced chocolate, flavoured ales, and local honey. Enjoy 800 acres at your own pace.

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