Celebrate our past - Enhance our present - Shape our future
Royal Pump Room Museum
Harrogate was one of the original English Spa towns, with the first medicinal waters discovered in 1571. Set in the magnificent North Yorkshire countryside it became one of England’s most popular spa towns. Today its fine Victorian and Edwardian public buildings, hotels and private homes, elegant town centre streets, and 200 acres of parkland (known locally as “the Stray”) ensure Harrogate’s popularity as a place to live, work and visit.
Harrogate Civic Society was established in 1971, part of the nationwide Civic Society movement (Civic Voice), committed to celebrating the town’s architectural and social history, to contributing to discussions about how the town is developed, and to ensuring that Harrogate both retains the best of its historic character and embraces the future.
Harrogate Convention Centre
We are proud to be involved in civic projects that enhance the town, particularly our recent creation of a website showing all of the Harrogate Heritage Plaques, and suggesting walking trails that guide you around the town.
We always welcome people who support our aims and share our interests. For a very modest membership fee (see "Join us") you will help the work of the Civic Society (run entirely by volunteers), receive our regular Newsletter (see "Newsletters" for recent examples), and get advance notice of our Events (which include talks, visits and social gatherings. See "Events" for examples)
News & Updates
Welcome to Harrogate Railways - a celebration
The first railway in Harrogate opened in 1848. In 1849 a line opened running through Starbeck. Plans to link the routes were formed in 1859 and the "new" station opened in 1862.
To celebrate the railways of Harrogate and the 160th anniversary of the current station, HCS (in association with LNER, Northern, Network Rail and the Harrogate Model Railway Group) has pleasure in inviting you to view:
A free public exhibition at Harrogate Railway Station on
Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July 2022, between 10:00am and 4:00pm.
Website designed and maintained by Chris Dicken. All photographs by Chris Dicken unless otherwise indicated.