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The local area guide to living in Harrogate

Harrogate is a rural town in North Yorkshire, with a perfectly preserved cultural history. Nowadays, offering an exquisite range of agricultural and architectural delights, it is home to some of North Yorkshire's most beautiful listed buildings, as well as being annual host to the nationally revered 'Great Yorkshire Show'.

Known since Georgian Times as 'The English Spa', Harrogate's reputation as an idyllic spa town dates back to the 16th Century when natural waters were discovered. The town later exploited the iron-rich water to develop health care treatments, fuelling the town's rich economy long into the 18th century.

Today, the waters can still be enjoyed in Harrogate’s Turkish baths, and the town has developed its own unique charm outside of the natural resources available. Be it a trip to the theatre, or a stroll down the cobbled streets of the Montpellier Quarter, there's certainly no shortage of delights to experience in Harrogate.

Information about the local residents

Harrogate is an extremely affluent area, and many of those who make up the Sunday Times Rich List can be found in the vicinity. The population of the Borough of Harrogate is approximately 151,000; with Harrogate making up around 73,000 of that figure. Currently, the average age in the district is 42, however the population of those aged 65 and over is projected to rise by 19% by 2020.

Nearby schools

There are several schools on offer in the area. Primary schools include Rossett Acre Primary, and Willow Tree Primary School. Both schools can be found to the south of Harrogate, and boast consistently high levels of satisfaction.

For secondary education, there are five secondary schools and five academies scattered around the area. These include Ashville College and Harrogate Ladies’ College for standard secondary education. Also on offer are Askham Bryan College, which specialises in agricultural and horticultural studies, and the Army Foundation College which delivers basic military training to those aged 16 and above.

Getting around

Harrogate's convenient location to the A61 and A1 roads mean it is ideally placed for transport to Leeds and Ripon via car.

For those wishing to travel by rail, there are four train stations dotted about the town, which offer links all over the country to destinations including York, Glasgow and London Kings Cross. There is a direct service to the city of Leeds, which is just 35 minutes away and particularly useful for commuters. For more local travel, there is a regular and reportedly reliable bus service which operates in and around the town and the surrounding areas on a daily basis.

The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford City Airport, which is just 10 miles south west of Harrogate, and can be reached by car, train or coach.

Local shops

The cultural attractions in Harrogate are a large appeal for native residents of the area, and tourists from around the country – playing an important part in the town's economy. Some of these include the Mercer Art Gallery, the Antiques and Art Centre, and the Harrogate Theatre to name a few. That, of course, is not forgetting the renowned Grade II listed Royal Hall, which was built in 1903 and is a key source of entertainment in Harrogate.

The nightlife in Harrogate can be primarily found in the Montpellier Quarter, otherwise known as 'Harrogate's Best Kept Secret'. Home to over 80 shops, restaurants and bars, the area is rife with activity and exciting events.

There are three main streets on which various independent shops can be found in Harrogate. These include, but are not limited to, food shops, charity shops and jewellery shops.

Various events are thrown throughout the year, most of which focus on the natural beauty of Yorkshire. These include the Tour de Yorkshire which passes by near Harrogate, and the nationally renowned annual Great Yorkshire Show which is held in Harrogate each year. Tourists flock from all over the UK to attend this prestigious agricultural event, and it's no secret that residents of the area get the best seats in the house!

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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