Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf

Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf

AA 4 Star      AA 3 Rosette

Follifoot, Harrogate, HG3 1JH

01423 871350

Award winning Rudding Park is a privately-owned luxury hotel and destination spa in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, with 90 bedrooms, two restaurants and kitchen garden, residents’ gym, private cinema, two golf courses and golf academy.

The hotel is set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens and is within easy access of both York and Leeds where you can experience a fantastic day out. Rudding Park understands every guest has different requirements and are committed to ensuring their facilities are accessible for all. The team are passionate about providing outstanding service for all guests and have an impressive wheelchair accessible bedroom and other bedrooms which can be adapted to meet all guest's needs

Rudding Park Spa recaptures Harrogate’s spa heritage drawing natural spring water from the grounds at Rudding Park. The Spa features the UK’s first Roof Top Spa and Garden with an extensive range of thermotherapy and hydrotherapy experiences with views over the mature gardens. The Spa also features an indoor swimming pool, juniper log sauna, bucket shower, mud rasul, a range of treatment rooms complemented by four mind and sense zones and a Nail and Beauty Studio, Hair Studio and shop, aptly named Retail Therapy.

Rudding Park is proud to have received the following awards: -

  • Best English Hotel outside London in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2018
  • Best New Spa in the UK, Good Spa Guide Awards 2017
  • Yorkshire's Hotel of the Year, White Rose Awards 2017
  • Only UK hotel in TripAdvisor World Hall of Fame for Travellers’ Choice Hotels
  • Best Hotel Rooms in UK, Trivago 2017
  • One of Top 3 Best Hotels in UK, TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2016
  • Best Large Company of the Year, Ackrill Media Business Awards 2015
  • Best Hotel in the UK outside London, TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2015
  • Best Golf Hotel, Simply the Guest awards 2017
  • Best UK Hotel, M&IT Awards 2015
  • Disabled Motoring UK Best Holiday Award in 2013

From M1/M62

From the M1 or M62 (M621) in Leeds follow the A61 Harrogate signs. At the roundabout with the A658 (Bradford/York Road) follow the brown tourist signs to Rudding Park (3 miles).

From A1(M)

Exit the A1(M) at Junction 47 signposted Harrogate, Knaresborough and take the exit off the roundabout on to the A59. For the next four consecutive roundabouts take the second exit signposted Bradford. After the fourth roundabout follow the brown tourist signs to Rudding Park.

By Train

Rudding Park has excellent communications by rail; Harrogate Railway Station is within 3 miles, whilst Pannal Railway Station is only 2.5 miles away and can be reached in just over 5 minutes by road.

By Air

Leeds Bradford Airport is a 30 minute drive away. Rudding Park can also be reach by helicopter: Grid reference: OS 104
Co-ordinates: N53º 58.3'
W001º 29.6'

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Jessica Shepherd
Assistant Reception Manager
01423 871350
Jessica is originally from Preston but moved to Leeds in 2009 to study International Tourism Management at Leeds Metropolitan University. As part of her degree she spent a year working at The Sea Pines Resort in South Carolina. During this time she was based at the Welcome Centre where she acted as both a receptionist and concierge for guests and visitors. Upon completion of this placement year, Jessica took the opportunity to travel around the USA for a month with a friend, before returning home to complete her studies. Following her degree, Jessica began working at Rudding Park as a management trainee and spent time working in the restaurant and housekeeping. Jessica loved making the guests feel welcome and the amount of guest interaction so decided to continue working on reception. She progressed to the role of Duty Manager and most recently to Assistant Reception Manager. Jessica’s current role includes looking after guests and ensuring they have the best experience at Rudding Park, welcoming guests, checking them in and out and preparing for the days ahead. It is also her responsibility to look after our team on reception ensuring they are trained for their roles and are enjoying their work. Jessica is excited to being involved with AccessChamp to ensure that any of guests with special requirements have the best experience at Rudding Park. Her grandma suffered from polio from the age of 17 and was in a wheelchair for a long time so she knows how difficult travelling and staying away from home can be. This has inspired Jessica to get involved with making Rudding Park inclusive and accessible for all and ensuring all guests receive the best service possible. From a young age Jessica has loved dancing and gymnastics and attended classes and competitions regularly until she left home for university. During her time at university she was part of the Carnegie Aviators all-star cheerleading team which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Sara Richardson-Mackie
Training Co-ordinator
After graduating from Leeds University, Sara joined Rudding Park Hotel as a Senior Food & Beverage Assistant at Clocktower restaurant. She quickly progressed onto the management training programme where she spent time experiencing all departments including Housekeeping, Kitchens and Events. This experience gave her a good insight into how each department works which she feels is very important for her current role as AccessChamp. Sara has worked in several roles at Rudding Park including Housekeeping Supervisor, Sales and Events Administrator. She then progressed to Breakfast Supervisor in Clocktower, managing a very busy department serving up to 180 guests most mornings. After joining Rudding Park over seven years ago, Sara’s role has now developed into training within the Food & Beverage Department. As a Training Co-ordinator she focuses her time running an induction programme for all new members of staff joining the Food & Beverage team. One of Sara’s responsibilities is to welcome all new members of staff by providing a two to four day induction. The induction is personalised to each individual and allows her to provide training in service and standards for the restaurant. A personal induction ensures staff are well trained to deliver the highest level of customer service and she is excited to be able to incorporate accessibility further into the induction programme. On a personal note Sara enjoys travelling and after university spent six months travelling to India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Experiencing different cultures through travelling the world definitely stems from a young age, where Sara was lucky enough to travel with her family to many countries including Hong Kong. Sara is a very creative person who really enjoys crafts and baking.

There are many fantastic places to visit and attractions near to Rudding Park and we’ve selected a few you may like to go to during your stay.

Valley Gardens, Harrogate

These are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in regal Low Harrogate. Most footpaths in the Gardens are suitable for the majority of manual and electric wheelchair users and there are disabled toilets.

Betty’s, Harrogate

Famed for its afternoon tea and, where the Bettys story started in Harrogate nearly 100 years ago. Enjoy some delicious treats and a warm welcome. The café entrance, shop and toilet are all at pavement level and so are easily accessible.

Brimham Rocks, near Pately Bridge

A visit to this amazing landscape is truly a journey into pre-history. There is an accessible toilet located behind refreshments kiosk, induction loop and parking drop-off point. Catering facilities are located 550 metres from the car park (5-10 mins walk).

Knaresbrough Castle and Museum

The castle grounds are accessible for wheelchairs but there is limited access to the historic buildings. The main entrance is accessible and pathways run around the yard.  Disabled toilets are located at the entrance to the castle site. The Courthouse Museum has a hearing induction loop.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

See the ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site. You can collect a map of an accessible route around the grounds and there are some mobility scooters available for use on a first-come-first served basis. Wheelchairs are also available to hire but these must be pre-booked in advance. There is dedicated mobility parking at visitor centre and West Gate

National Railway Museum, York

Discover 300 years of history and 1,000,000 objects that changed the world in the UK's largest railway museum.

Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate

This is a contemporary exhibition, conference, dinner and event venue in Harrogate. It hosts a wide range of events and you can see the what’s coming up on the event website.

Harewood House, Leeds

Harewood House is in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. It was built in the 18th century and visitors can enjoy exhibitions of contemporary art, rare Bird Garden, Farm Experience and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens to explore. Before your visit please check the access section on the website to see which parts of Harewood House will be suitable for your needs.

Royal Armouries, Leeds

The Royal Armouries is the United Kingdom’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world. It welcomes visitors with disabilities and is committed to providing all guests with appropriate facilities. Find out more about accessibility on the event website


The town of Harrogate and cities of Leeds and York are great for those who would like some retail therapy whilst staying at Rudding Park. The following council websites will tell you more about the best places to park.