Green Guide Harrogate

Harrogate is known for its close bond with nature. Nature is truly at the heart of Harrogate thanks to the spa waters that run through the town to the spectacular gardens.

That's why we've created the LNER Green Guide; a one-stop shop to staying sustainable when you visit Harrogate.

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Sustainable places to stay in Harrogate

Apartments that have eco-friendly initiatives and sustainable goals, hotels that hold gold green tourism awards, there is something for every environmentally concious traveller in Harrogate. 

Harrogate places to stay

The Cairn Hotel

BEST FOR: Couples and families

ADDRESS: Ripon Road, Harrogate HG1 2JD


This gorgeous Victorian hotel is within easy reach of the station via public transport and is a short walk from the rest of Harrogate.

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Cedar Court

BEST FOR: Stunning surroundings

ADDRESS: Park Parade, Harrogate HG1 5AH


Cedar Court is a little further out of town, but is well-connected to the centre via Harrogate’s bus links and only a 15-minute walk away. The hotel is opposite The Stray – a stretch of protected parkland famous for its avenue of cherry trees – making it perfect for a quick escape into nature.

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Crowne Plaza Hotel

BEST FOR: Staying close to the centre

ADDRESS: King’s Road, Harrogate HG1 1XX


This hotel is easily accessible from the railway station by foot or bus and is in easy reach of the rest of Harrogate. Not only does its proximity to the town
centre make it easy to keep down your carbon emissions, all IHG hotels adhere to a system of certifications that allow them to manage their impact on the environment. 

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Royal Parade Apartments

BEST FOR: Families and couples

ADDRESS: 9A Royal Parade Apartments, Royal Parade, Harrogate HG1 2SZ


These apartments make the perfect home away from home, as they are only a short walk from the station and within easy reach of everything that Harrogate has to offer. They hold a Silver Green Tourism award and are members of Zero Carbon, working to achieve net zero carbon emissions in Harrogate by 2030.

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White Hart Hotel & Apartments

BEST FOR: A romantic getaway or a family holiday

ADDRESS: 2 Cold Bath Road, Harrogate HG2 0NF


This hotel is a short walk from the station and near to Valley Gardens and
Harrogate’s many attractions, making it easy to avoid cars and buses.

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Green places to eat in Harrogate

Harrogate is best known for it's beautiful scenery, so it's no wonder you'll find so many charming coffee shops overlooking floral displays, as well as locally sourced ingredients everywhere you go, making it a key destination for sustainability.

Harrogate places to eat

Baltzersen's Coffee Shop

BEST FOR: Excellent food

ADDRESS: 22 Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1PU


This independent coffee shop uses Yorkshire-sourced ingredients for Scandi inspired taste. Pop in for brunch or lunch, or to try one of their famous cinnamon rolls.

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Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms

BEST FOR: Afternoon tea

ADDRESS: 1 Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2QU


This Harrogate institution opened more than 100 years ago and is perfect for an elegant afternoon tea complete with handmade cakes and ethically sourced tea and coffee. It’s just a short walk from the station, so no taxis or buses necessary.

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BEST FOR: Farmers’ market vibes

ADDRESS: Leeds Road, Pannal, Harrogate HG3 1EW


As well as a garden centre and café/bistro, the Crimple has opened up a new Food Hall with eco credentials is worth shouting about.

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BEST FOR: Locally sourced food

ADDRESS: Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ


Easily accessible from central Harrogate via bus, Fodder is a one-stop shop for local produce. The farm shop includes a deli boasting 67 different Yorkshire cheeses, a 100% Yorkshire meat butchery, and in total supports 430 farmers and small producers.

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Mackenzies Farm Shop

BEST FOR: Farm to fork

ADDRESS: Wood Nook Farm, Hardisty Hill, Blubberhouses, LS21 2PQ


Mackenzies Farm Shop boasts an onsite smokery, which is popular with the locals but also those shopping at Fortnum & Mason. Mackenzies prides itself on their farm to fork approach and traditional methods.

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Starling Independent Bar Cafe Kitchen

BEST FOR: Breakfast through to evening drinks

ADDRESS: 47 Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1PW


Café by day, bar by night, and home to Yorkshire’s ‘least serious’ quiz night, Starling Harrogate offers a mostly Yorkshire-sourced menu with plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

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The Tannin Level

BEST FOR: A romantic evening out

ADDRESS: 5 Raglan Street, Harrogate HG1 1LE


The Tannin Level has been operating in the heart of Harrogate for the past 35 years and uses seasonal and local produce where possible, allowing them to reduce the miles that their food takes to get to your plate.

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Tilly Peppers Harrogate

BEST FOR: Artisan baked bread

ADDRESS: 49 Cold Bath Road, Harrogate HG2 0NL


This coffee shop and bakery in Harrogate is a charming neighbourhood establishment and popular with the locals. The independent café prides itself on the artisan bread, which is baked by the owner, and the coffee from a roastery in the North East of England. Keeping it local is at the heart of this business.

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The Wild Plum @ Snooty Frox

BEST FOR: Award-winning food

ADDRESS: 34-36 Hookstone Road, Harrogate HG2 8BW


Award-winning chef Bethany Haresign and her team deliver a ‘from scratch’ menu using Yorkshire-sourced (or as close to Yorkshire as possible) ingredients.

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Eco-friendly things to do in Harrogate

With gardens and woods to wander for outdoor explorers, family owned eco-friendly refillable shops that bring sustainability to the forfront and beer tours that will make you an expert in local history and beer, Harrogate has everything an sustainable explorer needs.

Harrogate things to do

53 Bo'Grove Antiques and Cafe

BEST FOR: Pre-loved treasures

ADDRESS: Grove Road, Harrogate HG1 5EP


Down a shaded residential street, just a short walk from the town centre, is an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ just waiting to be discovered. At Bo’Grove Antiques and Café, there’s always something interesting to discover in its two floors of unique vintage and antique items.

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Harrogate Electric Bike Hire

BEST FOR: Avoiding taxis

ADDRESS: 1 St Johns Terrace, Harrogate HG1 5JN


What better way to explore Harrogate and the surrounding area than by bike? It’s good for you and good for the environment, and is much quicker than on foot, leaving you with more time to enjoy everything that Harrogate has to offer.

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Harrogate Beer Tours

BEST FOR: Aspiring beer experts

ADDRESS: Baltzersens Ltd, 22 Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1PU


On the Harrogate Beer Tour, you’ll visit five of Harrogate’s best and most unique bars on offer, ranging from a micro-pub to a brewery.

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BEST FOR: Sustainable shopping

ADDRESS: 2 Bower Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 5BQ


JarFull offers everyday products without the usual packaging. Customers can buy refillable loose foods alongside an extensive range of items to help them reduce waste at home or whilst out and about exploring the town.

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The Pine Woods

BEST FOR: Getting back to nature

ADDRESS: The Pine Woods, Harrogate HG3 1QA


Take your afternoon walk further out into nature with a trip to the Pine Woods, easily accessible via Valley Gardens. This 96-acre woodland has plenty to explore, including three orienteering trails of varying challenge, so no matter your experience level, you can enjoy a course that suits you. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and other wildlife that makes their home here.

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr

BEST FOR: Gardening inspiration

ADDRESS: Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB


This RHS property is not only gorgeous to look at but it also has a full programme of activities including beekeeping demonstrations and courses on growing your own vegetables. 

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Valley Gardens

BEST FOR: Families, dog lovers, everyone

ADDRESS: Valley Drive, Harrogate HG1 2SZ


A short walk from the railway station is Valley Gardens, offering 17 acres of English Heritage Grade II listed park-land, themed gardens, floral displays and historic buildings. There’s enjoyment for all the family with a range of attractionsincluding a playground, skatepark, and seasonal paddling pool. Or you can try your hand at the popular minigolf.

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Yorkshire Appetite Food Walking Tours

BEST FOR: Learning about Harrogate

ADDRESS: 5 Westcliffe Corner, Harrogate HG2 0PJ


A walking tour of Harrogate is one of the best low-carbon ways to discover
this historic town. Take the Classic Harrogate Food Tour to experience a wide range of locally sourced Yorkshire food from some of Harrogate’s best eateries. There is also a vegan tour for those looking for some meatless inspiration.

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Doing our bit for the environment

A message from our Managing Director;

Travelling by train is the most eco-friendly mode of motorised transport, particularly our world-class Azuma trains which run under electric power on much of our network. If over the next year each of us substituted just half of our planned leisure car and plane journeys within the UK with train, we’d reduce our carbon emissions by a staggering 331 kgs.

This LNER Green Guide will provide a unique reference to staying sustainably when you visit Inverness, Harrogate or Lincoln, with tips shared from LNER colleagues, locals and tourism organisations. We hope that you enjoy your journey.

Please don’t forget to tag us on Twitter or Instagram @LNER and #GreenGuide so that everyone can see where and what you’ve been enjoying!

David Horne, LNER Managing Director

LNER Environmental Policy

We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business.

Here’s how. 


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