Harrogate has a reputation as a hot destination for antiques hunters. Not only do shows like Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip make frequent visits here, Antiques Roadshow jewellery expert, Susan Rumfitt, has a gallery in Harrogate. This town is a hub for antiques shops, collectives and galleries. If you like unearthing a bargain, you can try your luck in numerous charity outlets and second-hand shops too. Whether you’re into early Georgian furniture or sixties retro, book an autumn break in Harrogate, then go treasure hunting. Here are our top picks.
Located on the outskirts of Killinghall (a 10-minute drive from Harrogate town centre), this auction house is widely known amongst reputable dealers. Selling everything from small collectibles to high-end Victorian furniture, it’s a must to experience their Friday auctions, whether you put your hand up or not.
Montpellier Mews Antique Market
Nestled in the Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate lies this wonderful collective of sellers. Take your pick from fine porcelain, antique clocks, silver and much more. Try your hand at haggling – you never know your luck! You’ll find the Montpellier Mews Antique Market at 11, Montpellier Street.
Elaine Phillips Antiques
If you’re looking for genuinely impressive 17th and 18th century oak furniture, Elaine Phillips is the place to go. A family-run business, this high-end antiques outlet has been around since the 1960s. In addition to early pieces, they also sell a range of new decorative items.
The Walker Galleries were established in 1972 and specialise in 19th and 20th century painters from Britain and Europe, including Paul Signac and Edgar Hunt. They have a wonderful collection of Modern British pieces, as well as contemporary sculpture.
Chris Holmes Antiques
There’s a huge range of periods and styles at Chris Holmes Antiques. Whether you’re looking for an 18th century ampho, a Queen Anne walnut chest, or an iconic 1950s designer chair, this antiques shop won’t disappoint. Located on Cold Bath Road, it’s just a short stroll from the town centre.
Castleforge is run by husband and wife team, Mike and Maria, who have a warehouse full of genuine antique furniture. Having over 35 years in the business, they buy in choice pieces, such as Edwardian satinwood beds, Victorian mahogany tilt-top tables and even a Victorian sentry box wardrobe compactum. Having so much choice, you’re bound to find the perfect fit for your home. The warehouse is a short drive from the centre of Harrogate.
With so much choice in and around Harrogate for antiques, curios and collectibles, why not channel a bit of Caroline Hawley or Thomas Plant, and spend the weekend bargain hunting! Yes?
Kimberley Wilson & Simon Storer
owners and operators of The Camberley