While Holdsworth’s Removals has been affiliated with and based in the city of Leeds for almost a century, something we are very proud of as you will see on the side of our removals vans which are branded with “Holdsworth’s of Leeds”, we are also very proud to serve the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate on a regular basis. We have been providing services to Harrogate as a removal company throughout our history with residents seeing us as reliable for a removal. As proven by the following testimonials from the Harrogate and North Yorkshire area:
“All the staff were efficient, professional & calm. Nothing was broken. Gary & Simon deserve a special mention” – Mr Stokes
“We were recommended by a friend. Pleasant, efficient and easy going throughout but professional with it. All the staff who were involved were excellent” – Dorothy
“Your staff were absolutely brilliant & helpful in every way. They worked incredibly hard on both days of the move & were reassuring and kind all the way. I would recommend them wholeheartedly” – Michael
So we thought we would put together a helpful Holdsworth’s guide for those thinking of a Harrogate removal.
A simple fact as to why people want to move to Harrogate is because it has been consistently ranked as the happiest place to live in the UK according to a survey by website Rightmove. This survey calls upon a number of categories including housing, community, pride, safety and recreation. All areas that Harrogate scores highly with its residents.
Where to Eat, Drink & Shop
Harrogate has a relatively compact town centre which makes it ideal for eating, drinking and shopping. The shopping is centred around the Victoria Shopping Centre which is adjacent to the railway station.
For eating and drinking there a many different areas around the town centre. These are mainly around John Street and the Montpellier Quarter which feature a good mix of traditional pubs, modern bars and a variety of restaurants.
For a medium sized town, Harrogate has strong transport links with the surrounding area and other major towns and cities. On the roads, the A61 provides direct links into Leeds city centre as well as acting with the A59 to provide links to the motorway network onto the A1(M) providing fast links to the north east, the south as well as West & South Yorkshire. There is also regular bus services linking to the Harrogate District and also longer routes towards Leeds & Ripon.
On the trains, Harrogate has three separate train stations all on the same line which links Leeds to York. There is Harrogate’s central railway station as well as local stations at Hornbeam Park and Starbeck.
Leeds Bradford Airport is Harrogate’s closest airport but road and rail links provide easy access to airports in Newcastle, Manchester, Doncaster and Hull.
What to See
Harrogate has some national renowned attractions that see tourists flock to the town each year. Here is a brief introduction to some of them in the town and the surrounding area:
Royal Pump Rooms – Harrogate is a notorious for its spring water. Based in the heart of the spa town, the pump rooms call upon one of the strongest sulphur wells in Europe.
Betty’s Tea Room – There are two Betty’s Tea Rooms in Harrogate, the original on Parliament Street. This is the home of Taylor’s of Harrogate famous for its Yorkshire Tea.
RHS Harlow Carr Gardens – The site of the second Betty’s Tea Room and also one of only four public gardens run by the RHS.
The Valley Gardens – Situated in the centre of Harrogate, these popular gardens are maintained by the council and feature many family based attractions such as an outdoor pool and mini golf.
The Stray – A huge area of grass parkland in the heart of Harrogate’s town centre that is hard to miss.
The Great Yorkshire Show – Hosted at the town’s showground by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the three day GYS attracts thousands every year and is the largest agricultural show in England.
Mother Shipton’s Cave – One of England’s oldest attractions in nearby Knaresborough features a petrifying well. It has been open as a tourist attraction since the 17th century.
Fountains Abbey – A UNESCO world heritage site to the north of Harrogate, the ruins of Fountains Abbey and its grounds are one of the best in the UK.
Brimham Rocks – Also north of the town is the balanced rock formations known as Brimham Rocks. Run by the National Trust, the area is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.