24 Hours in… Harrogate

Next up in our ’24 hours in…’ series, which shines a spotlight on some of the most popular destinations in the UK, we’re guiding you around Harrogate; a charming Victorian spa town surrounded by outstanding natural beauty.

The town’s spa heritage remains the major attraction, but with the Yorkshire Dales on the doorstep there is also plenty of opportunities for adventure.

Whether you’re staying for just the night or a whole weekend, The Majestic Hotel is in the heart of the town and the perfect base for your stay. We’ve also highlighted a range of activities and dining experiences to indulge your passions and senses.

Where to stay…

Built in 1899, The Majestic Hotel stands elegantly surrounded by acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and is set to become DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate and benefit from £15M of renovations, boasting 170 bedrooms, an enhanced spa, new restaurant & piano bar facilities with conference and events spaces for up to 500 guests.


A taste of what’s to come when the Majestic joins the DoubleTree family of hotels.

Best for breakfast…

The hotel serves up plenty of breakfast options daily, but if you’re eager to get out and let the exploring commence, start the day with a bite to eat at Slingsby’s, an independent cafe and coffee shop where you’ll find all of your favourites on the breakfast menu, from homemade granola, avocado and poached eggs, to the classic full English.

Stroll through colourful gardens…

Following your breakfast or brunch if you plan to treat yourself to a lie in, what better way to let your food settle than with a walk through the colourful and naturalistic Valley Gardens. This blooming public space has attractions for all ages, including an adventure area for little ones, tennis courts and an ice cream shop. If you’re feeling extra energetic, continue to walk through the Pinewoods to Harlow Carr Gardens.

Stop off at Saint Wilfrid’s Church 

Admire this breath-taking Grade I listed building as its Romanesque stonework rises out from the landscape. When approaching the entrance of the church, it is worth stopping to take in the detailed carving of Christ on the Cross.

Top of the shops…

The town’s thriving independent shopping scene means you won’t have to look far for a retail therapy fix, or somewhere to pick up a souvenir. Miss Claire Rose on Commercial Street is a vegan-friendly shop, Sweet Fink is a must-visit for foodies, whilst Porters Menswear offers a great range of designer items.

Tea for two…

A visit to Harrogate wouldn’t be complete without stopping off at Bettys – arguably the most famous tearoom in the UK with over 100 years of history. From a simple pot of tea to an afternoon tea made up of sandwiches and sweet treats, there’s something for everyone.

Time for a drink…

As dusk falls and gin and tonic o’clock strikes, look no further than the unique gin experiences at the Spirit of Harrogate store. Sit back with drink in hand whilst you learn the fascinating history of gin during a class with mixologists who guide you through the makings of a few cocktail classics too.

Or, once our exciting refurbishment is complete, take some timeout in our new look Piano Bar and Lounge overlooking the grounds. Cheers!

lounge bar

A sneak peak at the new look Piano Bar & Lounge within the DoubleTree by Hilton – Harrogate Majestic

And now for dinner…

After a busy day of discoveries, head back to the hotel’s own restaurant for an a la carte dinner, or take your pick from Harrogate’s many restaurants. The Tannin Level describes itself as ‘Yorkshire on a plate’ and stands at the forefront of the town’s restaurant scene, or for an overseas experience, indulge in the highest quality Turkish cuisine at Konak Meze.

To find out more about The Majestic Hotel visit https://www.thecairncollection.co.uk/hotels/the-majestic/.