Guide To Harrogate: Architecture & Activities

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With its beautiful architecture and lush gardens, Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most elegant destinations. Often called ‘The Jewel of the North’ Harrogate attracts visitors for its urban charm, stunning greenery and its position as a Gateway to the Dales. There’s so much to see and do in Harrogate that it’s no wonder this spa town is always a popular choice for a short holiday.

balanceARCHITECTURE have created this blog to share some of Harrogate’s most interesting architecture, areas and things to do. Whether you are a visitor to Harrogate or resident, we hope this guide gives you some Harrogate inspiration!

Interesting Landmarks

St Wilfrid Church, Duchy Road

There are many fantastic examples of architecture in Harrogate. The only Grade I listed building in Harrogate is St Wilfrid Church, Duchy Road designed by the architect Temple Lushington Moore and is known well to be his masterpiece.

Country Living St George Hotel

Situated across the road from Harrogate’s Theatre and just two minutes walk from the Turkish Baths. Set in a Grade II listed Edwardian mansion, the hotel promises “An escape from everyday life.” Displaying the country living heritage of Harrogate perfectly, the hotel creates a rural sight right in the centre of Harrogate.

The Royal Hall Theatre

This is a Grade II listed building, designed by Frank Matcham. As the only surviving Kursaal in Britain, the Royal Hall is a very important national heritage building. This stunning Edwardian concert hall often hosts acclaimed events from classical music and comedy to popular music. The building had restoration work in the 2000’s and was fully completed in 2007, the hall was then reopened on 22.02.08.

Royal Pump Room Museum

Housed in Harrogate's premier spa building this fantastic building is listed as a Grade II. The museum underwent renovations between 1985 and 1987, this overhaul also created new exhibition areas and improved the on site facilities. The fascinating Royal Pump Room Museum brings Harrogate's spa history to life. Expect a guide to the bizarre spa treatments used by the Victorians and a tasting session of Harrogate famous mineral water.

Things To Do In Harrogate

Betty’s Tea Rooms: Elegant Georgian architecture and majestic window designs gives the much-loved Betty's Tea Rooms in Harrogate a unique character. Betty’s was founded in 1919 by Swiss baker and chocolatier Fritz Bützer who allegedly lost his job offer letter during a rough sea cruising to Britain and accidentally ended up in Harrogate. This tea room is famous for excellent service, elegant surroundings and delicate continental cakes.

Turkish Baths: The Royal Baths, one of Harrogate's premier listed buildings were built by Baggalley & Bristowe of London at a cost of £120,000. The Turkish Baths is an historic building over 120 years old and offers a selection of pampering and detoxing treatments: These stunning baths are known as the flagship Harrogate experience, offering genuine Victorian Turkish baths surroundings and modern treatments - a great mix of old style and new technology. Perfect the art of relaxation with a session in the baths, followed by one of the luxury treatments on offer.

Shopping: Harrogate offers great shopping, along with big names like Next and M&S, there are around 50 independent shops, restaurants and pavement cafes. Many of the streets of Harrogate have their own unique personality and culture – Commercial Street, Beulah Street and Parliament Street, just to name a few well worth a visit!

Architecture in Harrogate

Beautiful Gardens

The Stray is an area of open parkland in the centre of the town which was created in 1778 to link most of Harrogate's springs in one protected area by an act of Parliament which fixed its area as 200 acres.

RHS Harlow Carr gardens are award-winning gardens and are the Royal Horticultural Society's main presence and representative in the North of England. These beautiful gardens are open all year long and cover a massive 27.5 acres.

Crescent Gardens is a small open area in central Harrogate surrounded by some of the town's main tourist attractions including the Royal Pump Room, Royal Baths and Royal Hall, as well as the Town Hall.

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If you enjoy walking Harrogate also has a lot of smaller parks and gardens including The Softpot Garden at Grove House and Victoria Gardens on the eastern side of central Harrogate!

We hope you have enjoyed our blog sharing more information about hometown Harrogate. If you have more questions and would like to talk to one of our friendly team at balance ARCHITECTURE based in Harrogate, please call on 01423 209043 or email on

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