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There’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence, and few places make that possible quite like Harrogate — the Yorkshire spa town that’s become the go-to destination for high-end retail and premier dining.

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A day in Harrogate might include a morning spa treatment followed by delicious afternoon tea and sightseeing around an exquisite historic attraction, all rounded off with cocktails outside a continental-style bar.

On a holiday in Harrogate, every day can be a treat and an opportunity to rest, relax and unwind.

Harrogate is famed for its history, with beautiful architectural gems and an abundance of nearby National Trust properties. It’s just a short drive from the Yorkshire Dales, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty celebrated by walkers and lovers of the great outdoors. At the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms, you’ll be able to savour some of the best cakes and scones you’re ever likely to try, and there are lovely little cafés serving light meals, snacks and drinks to enjoy in any weather.

Harrogate could be described as ‘quintessentially English’. With quaint historic houses, little tea shops and picturesque formal gardens, it’s everything you’d imagine a historic Yorkshire spa town to be. In Harrogate, you can clear your mind and savour the finer things in life.

The town’s museums give a deeper insight into its spectacular and unusual history. 

At the Royal Pump Museum, learn about the treatments once offered to the rich and powerful, and at Ripley Castle, visit the deer park and enjoy one of the most spectacular buildings in Yorkshire.

Even business travellers are well catered for, with the Harrogate International Centre offering some of the best conference and exhibition facilities in the region. Once you’ve finished a day of meetings, take to one of the various local golf courses to finish off your day. Harrogate hotels such as the St. George even have their own leisure facilities, great for keeping up with a demanding fitness regime.

A holiday in Harrogate is a chance to replenish the mind and body, and enjoy some of life’s little indulgences. Discover what else Harrogate has to offer below.

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Royal Hall Theatre

This grade II-listed Edwardian building was re-opened in 2008 after an £8 million restoration by Prince Charles. Located on the outskirts of Harrogate’s town centre and offering a 1,000-seat capacity, this theatre has spectacular décor with a large floor space creating a truly breath-taking setting for some unmissable performances.

Brimham Rocks

This 400-acre National Trust property has been described as “nature’s playground”. It is an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations that provide a natural adventure play park for families, climbers or those looking to enjoy nature. Allow yourself a few hours to explore the area and the formations, before taking in the beautiful views overlooking Nidderdale in the magnificent Yorkshire countryside.

Royal Pump Museum

One of Harrogate’s top attractions, the Royal Pump Museum is home to Europe’s strongest sulphur well. It’s an interesting spa building, where you can learn about the town’s unusual history.

Taste the spa water, and learn about the treatments that were once offered to visitors. The attraction also includes replicas of old-fashioned shops, and has ever-changing exhibits.

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Harrogate International Centre

The HIC is a business conference, event, and exhibition centre, located in the centre of Harrogate.

Live performances, music concerts, business exhibitions, antique shows, wedding fairs and sporting events are amongst the many reasons to visit. Eight halls provide various spaces, totalling 16,500 square metres, and the St. George Hotel is just a five-minute walk away.

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Betty’s Tea Rooms

Famed the world over, these tea rooms are the perfect place to relax and soak up the Edwardian splendour of this charming spa town.

Betty’s first opened its doors in 1919, and they’ve since served their delicious cream teas, cakes and traditional English meals to visitors from all over the world. This charming family business has grown into a chain serving more than 1 million customers a year. You can book a private afternoon tea, accompanied by soothing piano music.

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Ripley Castle

Just three miles from Harrogate, Ripley Castle is one of the most impressive historic buildings in Yorkshire.

The castle and gardens are open to the public, and the rooms within can be used for weddings and conferences. As well as standard castle tours, members of staff offer tours tailored specifically to children and teenagers. There is an on-site deer park, as well as a tea room and gift shop.

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Victoria Shopping Centre

Harrogate’s most popular shopping centre is home to more than 30 stores, as well as a range of restaurants and fast food outlets.

Its central location makes it easily accessible from The St George Hotel, with all your favourite stores within a 10-minute walk – retail therapy, anyone?

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Spa Baths

In Victorian times, spa baths were a relatively common find. Very few survive in England today, and Harrogate’s Turkish spa baths are some of the best-preserved and effortlessly luxurious in the country.

They’re the most complete, and are still in full working order, allowing visitors to really appreciate the intricate detail and elaborate decoration, from coloured bricks to painted ceilings, and Italian terrazzo floors.

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Harewood House

Harewood House is a charming 18th-century building surrounded by landscaped grounds designed by Capability Brown.

The house features magnificent furnishings, collections of paintings, impressive antique furniture, and delicate pieces of porcelain all carefully displayed for visitors to view. The Bird Garden is home to a variety of colourful birds from all over the world, from penguins and flamingos to parrots and owls, whilst themed gardens include lakes, sculptures and a diverse display of flowers. Gifts, books, and plants are sold on site, and you can enjoy ice creams and snacks in the tea rooms.

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Lightwater Valley Theme Park

A family-friendly theme park with rides and attractions for all ages, Lightwater Valley is home to roller coasters, thrill rides, children’s rides, a boating lake, and the Angry Birds activity park.

The venue is also home to the Lightwater Country Shopping Village, where you can enjoy traditional home-cooked food, meet birds of prey, and shop for clothes, gifts, and accessories.

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Fountains Abbey

A National Trust property, this abbey is surrounded by Georgian water gardens and a medieval deer park — for a fascinating day-out or epic picnic destination.

It’s a World Heritage Site with 12th-century ruins, an outdoor theatre, stunning parkland, and an on-site restaurant where you can enjoy meals and snacks, locally-produced chocolate, flavoured ales, and local honey. Enjoy 800 acres at your own pace.

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