Getting to Harrogate
If you're planning to attend the world famous Harrogate International Festival, The Great Yorkshire Show or any other event or conference in Harrogate scroll down the page for great travel tips and transport information.
Regular rail and bus services bring you into Harrogate town centre where the main venues and attractions are all within easy reach. Popular destinations like Harrogate International Centre and Betty’s Café are within easy walking distance of both stations but if you want to venture further afield or explore the town a bit more, you can count on Open Harrogate to get you there.
Harrogate International Centre and the Royal Hall
Located along Kings Road and Ripon Road, the Harrogate International Centre and the Royal Hall comprise one of the Country’s largest and finest conference centres and entertainment venues. Boasting venues from a 2000 seat auditorium to 200 capacity halls, these venues host a wide range of entertainment events and conferences throughout the year.
The venue is a short walk from the main train and bus stations and visitors there can chose their route to the venue by either travelling through the town centre shopping area or along Cheltenham Parade past the town's restaurants and bars. You can also hire a bike from Northern Rail's Bike and Go scheme at the railway station. Find out in advance which entrance you're using in order to plot the best route to the venue. For further information about these venues visit www.hicyorkshire.co.uk
Harrogate Conference Hotels
Harrogate has a number of high quality conference hotels and smaller venues. These include the very grand Majestic Hotel and the historic Old Swan Hotel, home of the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival and infamous hideaway of Agatha Christie during her disappearance during the 1930’s.
Use the journey planner to identify the venue you’re visiting and plot the best way to get there.
Built just before the turn of the century on Cambridge St, the Harrogate Theatre opened on Jan 11th 1900 with a charity gala in aid of British soldiers fighting the Boer War in South Africa. This was followed on Jan 13th 1900 by Mr J Tully’s pantomime, “Dick Whittington”. Today the theatre hosts a wide range of performances for all tastes and all ages. To see the full programme visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk.
Pavilions of Harrogate
One of Harrogate’s most popular venues, with 14 rooms of various sizes that can accommodate all kinds of events from conferences and weddings to product launches, dinners, exhibitions, christenings and parties – and anything else you can think of.
Pavillions of Harrogate is located on the eastern side of the Great Yorkshire Showground on the A661 Weatherby Road, 2.9km from Harrogate Station. It is well served by the No36 bus service.
The Great Yorkshire Show
Travel by train from Leeds City Centre into the Great Yorkshire Show in 50 mins.
The Great Yorkshire Show is the Country’s largest agricultural show, attracting over 40,000 visitors over three days in July. The showground is easy to reach by train via either the town centre station where a shuttle bus service takes visitors to the showground or by taking the train to Hornbeam Park station and then taking a short walk along to the showground along the new Showground Greenway which follows a picturesque 15 minute walk to the show. Using the Leeds station to the Showground entrance route can take as little as 50 minutes.
If you do decide to come to the show by train you can get discounted tickets by booking your train and show ticket together. See the Great Yorkshire Show website for details.
Northern Rail Special Offer
If you book your train ticket and Great Yorkshire Show ticket at the same time from any staffed railway station, you will receive £2 off the advanced Show ticket price! This offer will be available from Monday 19th May and further information will be available at www.northernrail.org.
It’s easy to reach the Great Yorkshire Showground by rail or bus by using either the Harrogate or Hornbeam Park train stations, or the 36 and 770 bus services.
Arriving by train
If you’re planning to take the train to the Great Yorkshire Show the new Showground Greenway provides a picturesque and pleasant way to walk to the showground and creates a distinctive and unexpected sense of arrival at the show.
Directions: total distance 1 mile/1600m.
1. Leave the station and turn right up Hornbeam Park Avenue towards Harrogate College through the business park.
2. Continue for 600m until you reach the end of Hornbeam Avenue and then turn left onto the bridle path.
3. Continue along the bridle path all the way to the Showground, a distance of 980m.
The Great Yorkshire Showground is also serviced by Harrogate & District Travel, route 770.
Harrogate International Festivals
The Harrogate International Festivals are a series of festival events that take place throughout the year bringing world class entertainment to the town. The annual calendar includes the International Crime Writing Festival based at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate Literature Festival, Harrogate History Festival and the Harrogate International Festival itself. In 2014 the festival lineups include JK Rowling, Kate Adie, Bellowhead and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
To find out more visit harrogateinternationalfestivals.com
The Grand Depart
On the 5th and 6th of July 2014 the world’s greatest cycle race visited Harrogate. The Tour de France is a massive event that attracts huge live audiences and enormous numbers of television viewers. Millions of people viewed the race over the two days it spent in Yorkshire. See all the best bits of the event on the Yorkshire Grand Depart website and the North Yorkshire County Council webpages.
And don’t forget that cycling is a pastime and a mode of transport that everyone can enjoy and has significant benefits for your health and wealth. Now the tour has gone you can use the Open Harrogate website and smartphone app to find rides and routes around Harrogate to help you to make cycling part of your everyday life.
Valley Gardens is a stunning public gardens with playgrounds and a skate park, café and boating lake. From the heart of the Gardens you can walk through the Pinewoods to RHS Harlow Carr. The route takes just 15 minutes and is 1m in length.