Trains to Harrogate

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Harrogate is a famous spa town in North Yorkshire, England, divided in two main areas, High Harrogate and Low Harrogate. Since 2013 it has been consistently voted to be "the happiest place to live" in Britain. It is a popular tourist destination thanks to its spa waters and RHS Harlow Carr gardens. Harrogate spa water was discovered in the 16th century, it contains iron, sulphur and common salt and it is a popular health treatment. The influx of wealthy but sickly visitors contributed significantly to the development and the wealth of the town. The town hosts the Yorkshire Dales national park which is approximately 13 miles (21 km) from the town centre.

The town is served by a railway station which was originally built back in 1862 following the design of the architect Thomas Prosser. In the 1960s, it was largely torn down and renovated. A unitarian building substituted the old brick structure. Passengers travelling to Harrogate in the summer, are welcomed by pretty flowerbeds and hanging gardens around the station to represent the town's famous Harlow Carr Botanical Garden.

Harrogate railway station is located in the town centre passengers are only required to take a short stroll to reach the town’s main attractions. Harrogate is famous for its Turkish Baths and Health Spa that since the 1800s have been offering visitors much needed respite. Another famous attraction is The Royal Pump Room Museum, a grade II listed building, where visitors can explore the history of England's premier spa town. Harrogate’s visitors are advised to walk to the illustrious Montpellier Quarter, the Antiques and Art Centre of the North. Food lovers can stop at Betty's Tearooms, the town's queen of finger food. Book your train tickets to Harrogate and discover all that this popular Spa and wellness town has to offer.

Harrogate train station provides transport connections to Leeds, thanks to the Harrogate Line, which is 18.25 miles (29km) north of Leeds. Leeds Bradford International Airport is 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Harrogate. The Northern line operates at Harrogate train station providing passengers with regular train services, except for a daily morning service and evening return to and from London King’s Cross which is provided using a high‐speed train by the London North Eastern Railway service. Passengers travelling by train are advised to purchase train tickets to Harrogate in advance to benefit from large discounts. Train tickets to Harrogate can be booked online and collected at the departure train station prior departure. The booking code and the credit or debit card used to complete the transaction are required to collect the tickets from the vending ticket machines available at the station.

Harrogate railway station is equipped with three platforms, even though only platforms 1 and 3 are regularly used. Platform 1 serving trains directed to York and Knaresborough, it is located directly outside the main ticket office which is staffed and is open seven days a week. The train station is equipped with self‐vending ticket machines. The train station offers passengers key cutters, ATMs, a cafe, photo booths and a waiting room. Additional services to passengers include: toilets, Wi‐Fi and parking for both bicycles and cars. Platform 3 can be accessed via a footbridge, it serves trains towards Leeds that run seven days a week, every 30 minutes, calling at all stations. Trains to Knaresborough on the Harrogate Line operate every hour on the direction to York, also stop at all stations en‐route. During peak time, train services double in frequency, with 4 trains per hour and one fast train per hour to Horsforth. Harrogate station is equipped with lifts from platform 1, or directly via the car park on the east side of the station, off East Parade. It offers passengers an accessible waiting area. Furthermore, a CCTV security service operated at this station.