Are you looking for a quintessentially British Getaway? A break filled with great sights, great food and lots of cream tea? Then you need to get yourself to Harrogate! Commonly known as ‘Jewel of the North’, this Yorkshire town has tonnes to offer for someone who’s looking for a classic British holiday, one that leaves them feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. But why exactly should you give this little gem a visit? Here we highlight some of the best things this spa town has to offer. If they sound like great things to see and do then jump on a train to Harrogate and see for yourself and have a quintessentially British getaway.
Betty’s Tea Rooms
Over 100 years ago Bettys first opened its doors in Harrogate. It is just as popular now as it was then. If you love traditional afternoon tea and want to treat yourself to a quintessentially British getaway then experiencing Bettys is a must. If you are familiar with Bettys you will know that people will queue for hours, regardless of the weather for a table.
Therefore, if you plan to visit Harrogate, don’t forget to book a table for afternoon tea in advance. Also, don’t forget to pick up a sweet treat from the shop to enjoy following your visit.
The Royal Pump Room Museum
The Royal Pump Room is a Grade II listed building that houses the town’s museum. Previously it was a spa water pump house. Located in Crown Place opposite the town’s Valley Gardens park. The Pump Room offered an all-weather facility where people could drink sulphur water which was pumped from a natural spring known as the Old Sulphur Well.
If you want to want to learn about the town’s water history the museum is very interesting and worth a visit. Ticket prices – adult: £3.50 and child (5 – 16 years): £2.
The Turkish Baths
Harrogate is home to one of the best-preserved original Victorian Turkish Baths in the world.
They were part of a vast number of facilities available in the Royal Baths Complex which opened in 1897. A visit allows you to follow the ritual of heating, cooling and cleansing in fabulous surroundings.
The Baths are extremely popular and a visit is something that you need to add to your list of things to do when visiting Harrogate. Therefore, it is important to book tickets and additional treatments/packages in advance.
The multi-award-winning (including Britain in Bloom) Valley Gardens are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens. The area covers 17 acres and is known as The Pinewoods. Here you will find themed gardens, floral displays and historic buildings together with a children’s play area and model boating pond amongst many other attractions.
Within the Gardens is Bogs Field. Here you’ll find 36 of Harrogate’s mineral wells in the gardens. Open all year round, 24 hours a day, the Gardens welcome visitors from all over the world.
If shopping is your thing, Harrogate has got you covered. With its eclectic, elegant and diverse range of shops, whatever you are looking for, the likelihood is you will find it in Harrogate. From high street shops and department stores through to small independents, there is something for everyone.
Several specialist shops around Harrogate offer many different things from homeware, art to antiques. They are great to visit
particularly if you are looking for unique and even quirky things.
Mercer Art Gallery
The Mercer Art Gallery boasts a large collection of 19th and 20th-century fine art, contemporary work by regional artists plus temporary exhibitions. The building was originally the Promenade Rooms and was built over 200 years ago. It then became the Town Hall before becoming the Mercer Art Gallery in 1991.
Admission to the gallery is free. However, a £5 per person donation is suggested. The gallery also has a shop stocked with unique books, cards, jewellery and contemporary art at affordable prices.
Looking for Accommodation?
If you are looking for accommodation in Harrogate we highly recommend the wonderful Artists’ Corner, holiday let in Harrogate. It is a great option if you are looking for a self-catering option within walking distance of the town centre.
So does Harrogate offer a quintessentially British getaway? Absolutely. This charming spa town is a gem in Yorkshire’s crown. Not only is it beautiful with fabulous architecture but it also has a lot to offer its visitors, especially those who are interested in its spa history. So book that train ticket and take the journey!
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