Harrogate (or Harrogate Spa) is a spa town in North Yorkshire, England. The town is a tourist destination and its visitor attractions include its spa waters, Harlow Carr, and Betty's Tea Rooms. From the town one can explore the nearby Yorkshire Dales national park. Harrogate originated in the 17th century, with High Harrogate and Low Harrogate as two separate settlements. It lies adjacent to Knaresborough, with which it forms a single urban area, and is in the River Nidd.
Harrogate spa water contains iron, sulphur and common salt. The town became known as 'The English Spa' in the Georgian Era, after its waters were first discovered in the 16th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries especially, these 'chalybeate' waters (i.e. containing iron) were a popular health treatment, and the influx of wealthy but sickly visitors contributed significantly to the wealth of the town.
Harrogate railway station and Harrogate bus station in the town centre provide transport connections. Leeds Bradford International Airport is south west of Harrogate. The main road through the town is the A61 road, connecting Harrogate to Leeds and Ripon. Harrogate is also connected to Wetherby and the A1 road (Great Britain), by the A661 road. The town of Harrogate on its own had a population of 71,594 at the 2001 UK census.  
The town motto is ''Arx celebris fontibus'', which means"a citadel famous for its springs."

Why visit?

  • Harrogate hosts a range of festivals and events throughout the year, from the Harrogate International Festival to the Great Yorkshire Show. There's something for everyone, so make sure you check out the local events calendar.
  • Harrogate is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Take a stroll around the town's beautiful parks and gardens, or enjoy a spa day at one of the many luxury spa hotels.
  • Harrogate is surrounded by stunning countryside, with rolling hills, lush green fields, and picturesque villages. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the area, from walking and cycling trails to horse riding and fishing.