First established in the 17th century, Harrogate became famous during the Victorian era as a spa town and is now a noted convention centre. Retaining much of its beautiful 19th century architecture, it delights leisure travellers and conference delegates alike. Popular attractions include Betty's tea rooms, Harlow Carr Gardens and the spa waters themselves. Harrogate is also on the edge of the North Yorkshire Dales, immortalised by James Herriot in his enduringly popular vet books.
The Harrogate International Centre (HIC) is a conference and exhibition centre that first opened in 1982. It has long been one of the UK’s favourite venues for exhibitions, conferences, trade fairs, public shows, product launches, banquets and entertainments. The Royal Hall holds over 1,000 people, while the Queens Suite holds up to 600. The HIC is the third largest integrated venue in Britain, beaten in size only by Alexandra Palace in London and by the SECC in Glasgow.