The Hidden Gems Of Harrogate

We pride ourselves as being one of the best caravan parks in Yorkshire, and one of the most conveniently-placed touring sites for exploring all the major tourist hotspots of North Yorkshire. Sometimes, though, you find you have had enough of the crowds and the busy roads, and you fancy a quiet day exploring things a little closer to home. So what is there on our doorstep that is tucked away from the tourist route but still retains the thriving independent spirit of Harrogate and will sufficiently cheer, enthral and satisfy you on your tranquil day of discovery?

Sure, Harrogate is brimming with great attractions, but if you have already queued for Betty’s tea room, perhaps had one Turkish bath too many and already savoured the local spa water, the time has come to venture into the unknown.

The Montpellier Quarter is the smart end of Harrogate, and even carries the tagline of ‘Harrogate’s best kept secret’ but you had better spend an afternoon there now, before the secret gets out. A thriving network of 80 independent bars, cafes, shops and galleries, the Montpellier Quarter seems to put all of Harrogate’s elegance, history and entrepreneurial spirit into one busy little area. On the edge of the beautiful Valley Gardens and also forming part of the Antiques and Arts Centre of the North, the Montpellier Quarter is central and convenient, but still allows a quiet retreat for an afternoon of indulgence.


Fodder is a short drive out of Harrogate on the site of the Great Yorkshire Show, but is a café, deli and food hall brimming with local pride and wholesome enterprise. Showcasing the best meats, cheeses, fruit and vegetables and pickles and preserves sourced from the local area, Fodder is a treasure trove of local goodness for those people who really care about where their food comes from.

Of course Harrogate is famous for the standard of its restaurants with a wide variety of fine dining experiences available around every corner, but if we are talking about hidden gems, then we have to take this quite literally and introduce you to Deano’s Graze and Grill. The thing is, it’s quite easy to miss, as an upstairs eatery leading up from a pretty unassuming doorway on Oxford Street. However, in the first floor open plan restaurant, Deano’s displays a feast of English tapas-style sharing plates in a vibrant and fun atmosphere. Great for parties and group nights out, but equally suitable for couples and families, Deano’s is an experience you will keep coming back to.

If you fancy a bit of the great outdoors while sticking close to your temporary home, then you probably already know about Brimham Rocks; the ‘hidden’ natural rock formation that looks relatively minor from the car park but goes on forever as a sprawling mass of adventure for the kids. But a short drive from here towards Pateley Bridge is Coldstones Cut, Yorkshire’s biggest and newest public artwork. As a man-made feature, Coldstones Cut is part artwork/part building project and was created in 2010 by sculptor Andrew Sabin. It is inspired by the area’s industrial past and is a stone sculpture featuring winding paths up to a viewing platform which affords stunning views over the Nidderdale Valley and on a clear day you can make out York Minster in the distance.

Beautiful landscape in Yorkshire Dales National Park in England

Beautiful landscape in Yorkshire Dales National Park in England

Harrogate is a friendly, cultured and varied area and while we at the Harrogate Caravan Park act as a great base for touring the best that Yorkshire has to offer, in all directions, there are also some hidden gems just a short distance away, and hopefully we have marked your card so you can visit and savour these before they form part of the traditional tourist trails.

Be sure to take a look at our Things To Do in Harrogate guide for inspiration too!

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