The Civic Trail (Red) -  (0.7 mile, 1.1km)

This is the first part of the full Town Centre trail.   The full trail is approximately 3.5 miles (5.6 km). It is split into 4 smaller trails (Civic, Montpellier, West Park, Victoria), each one can be walked separately.   

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Royal Baths

On leaving the Tourist Information Centre, turn right along Crescent Road and almost immediately you come to the Royal Baths.

The Plaque is :

On the main entrance, right hand side.




Continue along to Parliament Street. Turn right and walk up Parliament Street to the Winter Gardens (Wetherspoons) and just go into the entrance.

The Plaque is :

Inside the entrance to Wetherspoons, right hand side.



Water-Gas Plant

Also in the entrance is the next plaque, on the LHS.

The Plaque is :

Inside the entrance to Wetherspoons, left hand side.



Spa Rooms

Now retrace your path back down to the bottom of Parliament Street and then cross Parliament Street. Immediately then cross (on your left) Kings Road. Here is the main entrance to The Harrogate Exhibition Halls. If open enter the Atrium.

The Plaque is :

In the Atrium of Hall M, Conference Centre. Left hand side, high on wall.



Kursaal, The

Turn right out of the Atrium, next door is the Kursaal

The Plaque is :

On front stonework, towards the right hand side.



Hotel Majestic

Continue past the Kursaal and up Ripon Road.

The Plaque is :

Bottom of Ripon Road, just after the Exhibition Halls. On the boundary wall entrance, left hand post.



Hotel St. George

Now carefully cross Ripon Road (using the pedestrian refuge in the middle) and turn left down Ripon Road.

The Plaque is :

On main entrance to the Hotel.



Cyclists' Touring Club

Continue down Ripon Road, cross Montpellier Road and walk a little way down the Road.

The Plaque is :

In flower bed/ on wall, opposite George Hotel (& behind Bus Shelter).



Swan Road

Walk back up Ripon Road and on to the junction with Swan Road, cross the road.

The Plaque is :

At the Ripon Road end of Swan Road. On north side of Swan Road, in the hedge.



Grants Hotel

Continue along Swan Road. On the opposite side of the road is where Plaque 43 used to be situated. Grants Hotel has now been converted to private residences and the Plaque is no longer there.

The Plaque is :

Ripon Road end of Swan Road. On iron railing. REMOVED.



Swan Buildings

Continue along Swan Road. The Swan Hotel is on the right. Please respect that the Hotel ground is private property.

The Plaque is :

The Swan Hotel. On wall by side door, far left of main entrance.



Old Town Hall

Continue along Swan Road, past Crescent Gardens to the Mercer Art Gallery.

The Plaque is :

This is now the Mercer Art Gallery. On the main entrance, left hand side.



Council Offices

Walk back to Crescent Gardens and turn right. 100 yds down Crescent Gardens is the front entrance of the Council Offices.

The Plaque is :

By the front door, left hand side.



Crescent Gardens

Turn to face the Crescent Gardens, walk to the display in the centre and continue on the path (towards Décor Lighting shop). On reaching Crescent Road turn right.

The Plaque is :

On Crescent Road, by path to the display in centre of gardens (opposite Decor lighting shop).



Hale's Bar

Continue along Crescent Road to the Hales Bar Pub.

The Plaque is :

On the wall of the building to the far right of the building.



Royal Pump Room

Cross Crescent Road and turn right. The Royal Pump Room Museum is ahead on your left.

The Plaque is :

On the side of the Royal Pump Room Museum, opposite Valley Gardens entrance (Cornwall Road).



Crown Place

Walk back round the Museum to Crown Place.

The Plaque is :

Half way down Crown Place, on stone front opposite the Royal Pump Room Museum.


If you wish, after The Pump Room plaque, you can add an extension into Valley Gardens to walk the Valley Garden Trail (12 plaques,  0.8 mile, 1.3 km).  If so cross the road (Valley Drive) to the main entrance to Valley Gardens and follow the Valley Gardens Trail instructions. 

The full Town Centre Trail continues with the Montpellier Trail.  If you wish to finish here and return to the Tourist Information Centre, then retrace your steps to Hale's Bar and walk along Crescent Road.

To continue to the Montpellier Trail.

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