Harrogate International Festivals



Recently voted the happiest place to live in the UK, Harrogate is home to Bettys Tea Rooms, the Turkish Baths, and the beautiful Valley Gardens, and of course Harrogate International Festivals.

For the last 50 years, Harrogate International Festivals has been part of the social fabric of the Harrogate District. From our early beginnings in 1966 to the present day, we offer hundreds of events in our wide and varied programme, and millions of opportunities to read about Harrogate through our national partnerships. We are passionate about making the arts accessible to everyone, and keep our love of Harrogate at the heart of everything we do. From literature to crime writing, music to our pioneering Salon North, there is something to suit every cultural palette.

As an arts Festival we are fortunate in that we can make the very best of the venues and spaces available in our town, whether that be the Valley Gardens, intimate spaces or soaring concert halls.

Looking beyond the Festivals, Harrogate has a Cathedral City, a Spa town, historic market towns, a World Heritage Site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty all within a few short miles of each other, Harrogate is the perfect destination to host the ‘Home of Festivals’.

Whether you love the great outdoors or prefer shopping and good food, whether your passion is for gardens, history, art, culture or theatre, we have it all and more besides. With so much to enjoy, it is easy to see why the area was voted the happiest place in Britain for three years running!

Slip back to ancient times visiting monuments such as Ripon CathedralFountains Abbey, our Turkish Baths or admire the 18th Century elegance of historic houses such as Newby Hall.

Stroll through the award winning Valley Gardens or RHS Harlow Carr or mooch around the stylish shops in Harrogate or the independents and galleries in the market towns.

Enjoy a pub lunch with stunning views, take tea at our famous Bettys Tea Rooms or enjoy top notch food at one of our many fine restaurants. Festivals, Flower Shows, Fairs and The Great Yorkshire Show pepper the calendar throughout the year so no two weeks are ever the same.

A hugely diverse range of accommodation options means you can stay in anything from five star luxury to a bunk barn. Choose from smart town hotels, rural bed and breakfasts or a pub with rooms – and everything in between.

For those that prefer self-catering there are a host of cottages, serviced apartments, caravan and campsites.  Whatever your budget, whatever your style, there is something just for you.

Getting to Harrogate

Harrogate is easily accessible by road and rail.

The convenient town centre location of many events means it can get busy, so make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey.

The main train station in Harrogate is  located in the centre of the town centre on Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1TE.

Check arrival and departure times for your train journey here.

The main bus station is located on Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1QQ, in the centre of town.

Find more information about bus timetables on the Transdev site.

Located just 25 minutes from the centre of Harrogate, Leeds Bradford International Airport, offers daily scheduled flights and welcomes private and commercial flights. Airport amenities include car hire, pub/restaurant, and free wi-fi. The airport (LS19 7TU) is located 12 miles from the town centre.

Arrivals and Departures from Leeds Bradford Airport

You can find multiple multi-storey car parks with Harrogate and on-street parking available in the town centre.

Click on the name of each car park below for more information.

Jubilee Car Park – HG1 1DJ

Victoria Car Park – HG1 5LQ

Please remember to check the closing times of your car park and any on street parking signage. 

For more information on parking around Harrogate click here

Somewhere to stay

There are lots of accommodation options when planning your trip to Harrogate. Whether it’s a luxury boutique hotel or you choose to lose yourself in history at Agatha Christie’s choice of hotel, there’s plenty of choice to suit your budget and needs.

We recommend you plan as far in advance as possible – particularly during the busy July festival season and the Great Yorkshire Show. Early planning and booking will ensure you receive the best rates and if you’re booking for the literature festivals, be sure to book through the Festival office for the best rates around.

Take a look at VisitHarrogate.co.uk for more information on where to stay.

Harrogate BID

Harrogate Bid empowers local businesses, creates events and campaigns that promote Harrogate town in a multitude of ways, and ensure that visitors who travel to Harrogate from far and wide and the residents experiences the invaluable heritage that Harrogate has to offer.

Discover more on Harrogate BID and find out where to eat, shop, drink, and explore!