Cobbled streets, museums and a tea room that's over a century old, while Harrogate certainly sounds like a delightful place to visit it doesn't exactly strike campers as the home of the great outdoors. But look a tad beyond and you realise the town can make the perfect focal point for any camping holiday. Home to all the amenities you need and with plenty to keep you busy on rainy days, the town itself makes for ideal day trips, and the local surroundings not only host a clutch of good campsites, but also boast the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Nidderdale AONB and attractions like 14th century Ripley Castle. It sounds like a tasty camping recipe to us.
Camping and glamping near Harrogate offers the chance to go sightseeing in an elegant spa town and adventuring in the nearby Yorkshire Dales. Smaller than a city, Harrogate still offers an impressive amount to see and do - thanks to its history as a destination for Victorian health tourists looking to take the town's waters. The museums, gardens, tea rooms and architecture still charm visitors today. Choose camping or glamping near Harrogate and you'll be able to head for the spa in the centre of town - but perhaps also return to a private hot tub at your luxury glamping pad! Yorkshire, like the rest of the UK, has embraced glamping and offers a full range of glamping accommodation from basic bell tents to top-of-the-range shepherd's huts. But that's not to say the classic tent campers among us have been forgotten; there are plenty of places to pitch a tent too and with the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rolling Dales within reach, sometimes a bit of classic camping is all you need.
If you're heading in to Harrogate on a camping and Glamping Holiday, you might like to start your exploration with a visit to the Royal Pump Room Museum which tells the story of how the town's tourism was built on water. And if you fancy a health boost yourself, how about heading to the Turkish Baths in the Royal Bath House in town? It's the only remaining part of a larger complex that remains open and you can relax in cold and hot rooms and plunge pools as well as enjoying a treatment or two. Modern shops and independent ones make up the high street meaning its a great place to pick up both supplies and souvenirs and there are plenty of eateries too. The most famous among them is Betty's Tea Room which has been serving afternoon teas for 100 years. Harrogate is a surprisingly green town surrounded by The Stray, a 200-acre green space and with Valley Gardens offering parkland, woodland and a boating lake within it. But for wilder adventures, head out to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. For more information on things to do while camping near Harrogate take a look at the Visit Harrogate website.
From the tea rooms, museums and busy streets of Harrogate town, to the surrounding hills of the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale Valley and nearby Ripley Castle, the town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire is an ideal focal point for any camping holiday. Find the best campsites in the area with Hipcamp's hand-picked collection.