Car hire in Harrogate
Car hire Harrogate
Harrogate is situated in the English county of North Yorkshire and is famous for its Victorian spas. It is also a hotspot for tourists thanks to its array of local attractions and proximity to the wilderness of 'Herriot country', where vet James Herriot wrote his books, to the north-east. Easy to get to from across the UK, it's the ideal spot for a weekend away.
What I need to know
You'll find it really easy to organise Harrogate car rental, as a number of the big brands operate nearby for easy pick-up and drop-off. To sort out your vehicle before you go, visit our dedicated site to compare car hire from over 1,500 providers.
Where to pick up my car
The nearest airport to Harrogate is Leeds-Bradford International Airport (LBA), so you may well be collecting your car from there. However, there are a range of offices available within easy reach - again, take a look at our site if you need a map. You can access Harrogate from the airport via the A1.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Harrogate is a beautiful, vibrant town that's full of things for tourists to do. You can shop at both independent boutiques and high street stores; walk around the stunning countryside; check out attractions for family fun; and dine at any number of fantastic eateries. You're sure to run out of time before you run out of inspiration here.
Your hire car will allow you to really explore Harrogate's surrounding towns and cities. Notable highlights include the historic market town of Knaresborough ten minutes away, Ripon half an hour's drive away and wonderful York, which is accessible in just 45 minutes. Any one of these would make an ideal day trip.
If you want to head further afield, Harrogate is the ideally-located base from which to do so. You can be at the seaside in Scarborough in an hour and 40 minutes, while pretty Whitby is around the same drive time away. Alternatively, you can even get to Leeds, Manchester and Durham within a couple of hours in the car.
Eating and drinking
There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Harrogate, whether you want quaint tea shops, cosy pubs or ethnic restaurants. Don't miss Betty's tea rooms, artisan breads from local bakeries and one of the many pizzerias for dinner. You can also sample dishes from everywhere including Vietnam and Mexico in the town centre.
Things to do
It's worth checking out some of Harrogate's floral displays, so visit the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens or the Historical Valley Gardens while you're here. Betty's is an attraction in itself, while Nidderdale is enjoyable for its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You should also shop for souvenirs on James Street or the Montpellier Quarter.
For photo opportunities, check out 15th century Ripley Castle, which is open for tours inside and out. Hackfall Woods has its picturesque lakes and waterfalls, while the Scar House Reservoir is striking for its 55-metre height and the ruins of the temporary village that once housed the workers who built it.
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