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Destination: Harrogate Tours

Description: Classic English Spa Town with healing waters and tea shops a-plenty
Region: North East England
Pronounced: ha-row-g't
Time to spend here: 3hours - 1 day
Spa TownHistorical town
Harrogate, North East England

The charming Victorian Spa town of Harrogate is home to an array of exclusive shops, pavement cafés, bars and top notch restaurants.  The town is also a frequent winner of Britain in Bloom, and as you walk along the tree lined streets, the floral displays can be stunning. The Turkish Baths in this spa town are carefully maintained and open to the public seven days a week. For music lovers, band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer, and a lively local music scene includes a wide variety of styles from folk to blues and Jazz. If you are into art, then Harrogate’s 3 galleries are a must see.

Local Activities
The Royal Pump Room Museum
The Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate
pump roomsThe Royal Pump Room Museum explains the history of the spa and how the sulphur springs have shaped the town since.  You can also sample a taste of the water if you’re brave enough!
The Turkish Baths
The Turkish Baths, Harrogate
pump roomsThe Turkish Baths are where you can feel the benefits of the waters, as many have done since Victorian times. Steam rooms, heated chambers, plunge pools and more.
Betty's Tea Rooms
pump roomsNo visit to Harrogate is complete without calling in at the local institution that is Betty’s Tea room. You’ll be spoilt for choice with over 300 breads, cakes and chocolates, as well as 50 different teas and coffees.
Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens
Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens, Harrogate
pump roomsThe Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens have varied landscapes including woodland, streamside, alpine and wildflower meadows plus kitchen gardens and some generally inspirational planting.
The Mercer Art Gallery
The Mercer Art Gallery
pump roomsThe Mercer Art Gallery housed in the Promenade Room, Harrogate’s oldest spa building houses 19th and 20th century paintings by some of the greatest artists of the period.
What can I see in the area?
Ripley Castle
Ripley Castle, Harrogate
pump roomsRipley Castle and Gardens lie just 3 miles north of Harrogate. You can take a tour of the lavish castle from one of the extremely knowledgeable guides. 

Ripon, North East England
pump roomsRipon, around 10 miles north of Harrogate can be reached easily by bus and train from Harrogate. The city is most famous for its 1300 year old cathedral. But the city which goes back as long has much to offer the visitor, with a great blend of historic buildings, quirky shops, cafés and pubs.

Ripon Cathedral
Ripon Cathedral, York
pump roomsRipon Cathedral is thought to date back to 672, although only the crypt of the original church survived a number of destructions by English Kings in the 10th and 11th centuries.

Fountains Abbey
Fountains Abbey, North East England
pump roomsFountains Abbey situated in the beautiful valley of the river Skell is Yorkshire’s first world heritage site, which includes the largest abbey ruins in Britain with spectacular Georgian water gardens.  The estate also includes a further 10 historic buildings in stunning open countryside.
Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks, North East England
pump roomsBrimham Rocks are some curious rock formations at scattered over 50 acres on Brimham Moor.  The weird and wonderful shapes have been likened to elephants, hippos, bears and mushrooms!
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
The Yorkshire Pass

The Yorkshire Pass
National Trust Pass

National Trust Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
York, Yorkshire Dales, Leeds
Transport options in this area: Harrogate town is small and easy to walk around. A car is the easiest way to reach the surrounding area.
Did you know:
Harrogate played host to the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest!
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