What is Harrogate Known For?
Harrogate is a spa town situated within North Yorkshire, home to stunning tourist spots and visitor attractions such as its spa waters and RHS Harlow Carr gardens. The town was voted as ‘the happiest place to live’ in Britain for three consecutive years (2013-2015).
Growing out of two smaller settlements in the 17th century, High Harrogate and Low Harrogate, the town became known as ‘The English Spa’ in the Georgian era after its waters were discovered in the 16th century, containing minerals such as iron, sulphur, and common salt. The 18th century saw Harorogate’s waters used as a popular health treatment, with an influx of wealthy visitors significantly contributing to the flourishing town’s local economy.
Today, Harrogate experiences a rich and diverse economy, with the conference and exhibition industry being the heart of the town’s business. This sector is part of what attracts so many tourists to the area - during 2016, events alone brought 300,000 visitors to Harrogate.
The thriving culture in Harrogate is primarily driven by arts, music, and theatre, home to the Harrogate Opera House (now Harrogate Theatre), the Harrogate International Festivals and two orchestras - Harrogate Symphony Orchestra, and Harrogate International Centre.