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Harrogate Guide

There’s plenty to do in the pretty city of Harrogate and so we’ve put together the ultimate guide to having a fantastic, fun packed weekend here in Yorkshire.

Getting in


Harrogate is a little out of the way and so when it comes to train travel, you’ll have to make a couple of changes. Get off at York or Leeds and then switch to a local service which will take you straight into the heart of Harrogate – the train station is only a short walk away. There is, however a direct link to Kings Cross.


Taking your car up to Harrogate is actually a pretty good idea if a few ladies in the group don’t mind taking to the wheel. Having a vehicle means that you’re all free to explore the local countryside if you feel like it and handily, all of our hotel options have free parking available on site, so there are no extra charges to worry about. Use the A1 to get to Harrogate but be sure to exit at Wetherby rather than Harrogate to avoid traffic and use the A61 through Leeds which is off the M62.

Entertainment Venues

Harrogate Theatre

This pretty theatre is one of three in Harrogate. It’s historic and home to a ton of great talent like Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendon Cole on tour and Hugh Dennis cracking a gag or two. Russell Kane, Ed Byrne and a variety of dance and opera performances are offered too, meaning that there’s something for everyone to enjoy here, no matter what the season.

Royal Hall

The Royal too has plenty to offer, from comedy to drama dance and big music acts like Asia and Billy Ocean. It’s located near to the station on Station Parade.

Harrogate International Centre

Yes, you’ve got it right – Harrogate has its very own international convention centre! In a break from tradition, it’s located in a very striking and modern building and aside from thrilling conferences like the annual meeting of the British Association of Barbershop Singers (yes, you heard that correctly), catch music and shows there too.

Odeon Cinema

Now it might not be very original but sometimes, all you want to do is chill out, relax and watch that new film you’re been meaning to see. Treat yourself to a massive bucket of popcorn and indulge in the latest chick flick.   

Top of the Shops

Harrogate is a well established place to enjoy a hour or five of retail therapy but why visit the same stores that you can at home too? We’ve collected together a couple of the best independent shops in Harrogate where you can get a true taste of Yorkshire.

The Cheeseboard

This amazing shop is a must visit for those who can’t get enough of delicious cheese! It was established way back in 1981 and stocks over 200 varieties of cheese, many of them local, as well as yummy cheese accompaniments like chutneys, bread, oils and vinegar.

Bean and Bud

Shopped ’til you dropped and in need of a little pick me up? Bean and Bud should do the trick. They stock and serve fantastic artisan and organic teas and coffees as well as homemade sandwiches, cakes and salads created from local ingredients. A great pit stop in Harrogate for a drink and a treat.

Mellow Treats

Now here’s something you might not have come across before – a bathing boutique! This shop is a veritable Mecca to the most relaxing time of the day and you’ll be able to find everything a bath fanatic could ever want for scrubbing up and getting clean from bath bombs to horse shampoo (yes, you heard that correctly…).

Because the best things in life are free… 

Now you’ve all pitched up and settled into one of our sumptuous Harrogate hen hotels, here’s a quick guide to some great stuff you can do here absolutely free of charge.

Valley Gardens

Take a walk about the pretty Valley Gardens if the weather turns out nicely for you and the girls and take advantage of band concerts which take place in the bandstand every Sunday.

Mercer Art Gallery

Fancy a little injection of culture on your hen weekend in Harrogate? The art in the Mercer gallery is always changing and if you’re a fan of modern styles, you’ll really enjoy a trip here – and even if you don’t, there’s no need to feel bad because admission is free!

Blues Bar

Even though Harrogate seems genteel, it knows how to rock too! Catch a wide variety of great bands, usually for free and soak up the awesome friendly atmosphere.

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