Harrogate in North Yorkshire makes a very enjoyable holiday break destination its early prosperity was the discovery of over eighty springs and in the 19th century made Harrogate into one of the leading spa towns in the country. You can take a Turkish Bath at the Royal Baths Assembly Rooms which was built in 1897.
At the Royal Pump Room built in 1842 over a sulphor well that supplies the Royal Baths, you can visit the museum and sample the water; there are guided walks you may find of interest taking in Harrogates spa heritage.
A visit to the Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens which are approximately one and a half miles from the centre are well worth visiting, you could take a pleasant leisurely walk to see these, if you prefer to leave the car parked in the town. Also worth seeing are the Valley Gardens this is the venue for the Spring Flower Show.
There are many festivals held in Harrogate so we would recommend contacting the Tourist Office to find out more information on any that may interest you. It is recommended to pre-book your accommodation prior to your proposed holiday visit as Harrogate does host many exhibitions and festivals throughout the year.
Harrogate has most of the well known popular department stores as well as boutiques and specialist shops. After browsing around all the shops you will find many restaurants, cafes and bars for food and refreshments. There is plenty of choice to keep you occupied here and if your a keen golfer, there are numerous quality golf courses to try.
The train and bus stations are only a few minutes walk from the centre of town. Harrogate has a fairly lively night life with nightclubs and late bars to choose from. You may prefer the theatre, if you contact the tourist information office they will be able to give you details of what’s on at the time of your holiday.
A visit to nearby Knaresborough while on holiday in Harrogate can be recommended. There are regular bus and train services to Knaresbrough which is about four miles away from Harrogate.
Knaresborough is famous for Mother Shipton’s Cave, which was home to a 16th century soothsayer who predicted many things, one of which was the End of the World, she prophesied “The world to an end will come in eighteen hundred and eighty one”.
Nearby is the Petrifying Well where you will see the lime soaked waters have covered items such as clothes and toys and within a few weeks these items are rock hard! Both the cave and well are reached by a wooded walk which is very pleasant.
Knaresborough has numerous hotels, B&B’s and accommodation choices. Use these as a base where you can stay as you can enjoy other charming sites, buildings and attractions as you wander around. I am sure you will enjoy your visit to Harrogate and Knaresborough.