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Harrogate Yorkshire


Harrogate in north Yorkshire is a popular town to visit for day trips. It's close to the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the wonderful wild and exposed moors where sheep roam, and much beloved by walkers.

For people who live in Yorkshire, Harrogate is a good shopping destination. It has a large shopping centre where most of the common high street stores are represented. It's also where many people from outlying villages work and commute to each day.

There are plenty of places to eat out if visiting Harrogate for the day. One of the best known tea shops is Betty's which offers an expensive afternoon tea experience among other things. It's in the up-market Montpelier Quarter where there is a selection of very nice eateries.

As a former spa town, Harrogate possesses some handsome interesting buildings and architecture. The baths are now restored to house Turkish baths and a spa in elegant surroundings. Many historic buildings have been adapted for commercial purposes but visitors can still admire the architecture. It's worth noting some of the embellishments such as birds and people adorning roofs and ledges.

Harrogate places to visitPlaces to visit in Harrogate include:

  • the Royal Pump Room Museum,
  • Royal Hall
  • Mercer Gallery
  • Valley Gardens public park which connect with Harlow Carr gardens over a 1 mile long walk - Alan Titchmarsh's favourite public gardens
  • Harrogate International Exhibition Centre.

Places to visit near Harrogate are:

  • Knaresborough for the river and rowing, castle ruins, Mother Shipton's Cave and an interesting and attractive place for a walk
  • RHS Harlow Carr Gardens with its 7 themed sections
  • Ripley Castle

 Places to stay in Harrogate and nearby

 self catering accommodation in Harrogate or within easy driving distance