Go Harrogate or Go Home
The former retirement spot for the richest of OAPs has seen a surge in popularity of late, with groups of party animals and thrill seekers descending upon the Victorian spa town in their masses. Historically, Harrogate was born in the 1800s, through a boom in spa tourism, where aristocracy, Middle-Class business folk and other general poshies could spend their holidays rejuvenating their mind, body and soul with therapeutic spa treatments, fresh air and famous Harrogate waters from its Royal Pump Room.
Slightly less of a well-known and raucous stag do spot, Harrogate can definitely hold its own in the nightlife department. Pockets of thronging nightlife hubs are scattered across the town like confetti, with the likes of Parliament Street and its neighbouring alleyways housing chain bars including All Bar One, Revolucion de Cuba and even the poshest Wetherspoons in the world (fact). John Street is another fantastic, classy place to celebrate, especially in the summer, with bars like Pitcher and Piano, Las Iguanas and Banyan Bar offering plentiful outdoor seating and good drinks offers. Pitchers in the sun, anyone?
I didn't expect Harrogate nightlife to be as good as it is. We went to the York Races during the day then headed back to Harrogate for a night we'll never forget. Even the 'Spoons is proper posh. Loved it.
The centrally located train station in Harrogate is ideal for any of you who fancy venturing further afield, with Leeds (approx. 37 mins) and York (approx. 39 mins) just a short journey away. We’ve known groups go to York horse racing meets during the day, then head back to Harrogate for a suave night on the tiles – topping off their rather refined stag weekend.