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Things to do in Harrogate

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The top 15 attractions in Harrogate

Gardens in Harrogate
Montpellier Gardens
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Montpellier Gardens are part of a larger green space known as The Stray, in the old part of the city. It's nice year-round and is a popular place for a picnic and to fly kites. It is a public garden, so you can go at any time since it never closes. The gardens were built in the late 18th century when the town was a popular destination due to its thermal baths. People came for the medicinal soaks in Harrogate. Part was re-developed for houses, but there are still 800 thousand square meters It's pretty!
Gardens in Harrogate
Valley Gardens
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Lovely gardens near the center of Harrogate which have been recognized as a historic monument, a recognition that entitles them to special protection to ensure they remain in the same condition as in the golden age of the thermal baths of Harrogate. In total, the park covers 7 hectares and is home to a large concentration of natural mineral springs. For music lovers, they hold outdoor concerts on Sunday afternoons during summer. The garden has some buildings like the sun canopy where people came to sit down and rest after a walk. There is also cafe and various play areas for children.
Museums in Harrogate
Royal Pump Rooms Museum
The Royal Pump Room Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Harrogate, probably because it's right next to the royal baths in Crescent Gardens. You can visit the sulfur pit where 15,000 people from around the world come each summer. The water there has an odd taste and it's said to cure diseases. Also check out the bathrooms and an exhibition on the Russian royal family as well as the politicos who came to spend the summer in Harrogate in the 19th and 20th centuries. Charles Dickens said that this city was the strangest place in the world! The museum also has antique shops inside, and nearby are the city's famous hotels, and some Victorian-era traditions. It's open every day from 10am to 5pm, except Sunday when it's only open until two. Admission costs £ 3.20 for adults and 1.80 for children. There group rate for students is 2.20.
Of Cultural Interest in Harrogate
The Festival Pavilion
This small pavilion was built initially for the Gateshead Garden Festival, near Newcastle. It dates from the 90's, and was placed in the Crescent Gardens of Harrogate a couple of years later. There is a statue of Cupid inside the pavilion, which is a work of art from 1861, sculpted by the Italian artist Giovanni Maria Benzoni. The statue was bought, along with other works, by a group of Harrogate businessmen, and was first placed in the beautiful Spa Room Estate gardens, behind Ripon Road. When Exhibition Hall began to be built in 1958, the gardens were reduced in size, and the statues were placed at various locations around the city. In 1989, after the work was completed, it was installed at Festival Hall.
Tourist Information in Harrogate
Harrogate Visitors Centre
The Harrogate Visitors Center is in Harrogate's Crecent Gardens, which isn't far from the historic city center. Harrogate is a town famous for its hot springs, which attracted all sorts of aristocracy in the last century during their summer holidays. Now, people say it helps sick people and you can come to swim just for the taste of the water or you can try other spa treatments and massages while you're there. The tourist office has a complete list of hotels available if you haven't booked in the area before, and can help you make the reservation. They also have a lot of original ideas to discover the city and the region. Leeds and York are very close and there are brochures on the two cities. It helped a lot in terms of transport to visit for example Harlow Carr gardens, about 6 miles from downtown.
Bars in Harrogate
The Old Bell Tavern
Old Bell Tavern is a pub in the center of Harrogate. It is housed in a round building, opposite the city's thermal baths. It is located in a neighborhood where all the buildings are the same style and this pub is perfectly integrated into the environment. They serve classic English food, mainly snacks and main meals such as sausage and mash, sandwiches, sharing plates with different starters, steaks, salmon with vegetables and lamb in wine sauce. Around here there are several hotels and there seems to be more tourists than locals. But it is a nice place with a tasteful decor and friendly service. They serve locally produced beers and classic beers, cosing around £ 3 a pint.
Shopping Centres in Harrogate
Montpellier Street
The Montpellier Street neighborhood concentrates luxury shops, small cafes, bars and restaurants. You can stroll and spend your time leisurely in this small, thermal springs town. It's nice to spend some time on the terrace, watching life go by. It's a very quaint neighborhood, a typical "small spa town" that you imagine to be like Bath, Brighton and other English cities. There are several gardens, antique lanterns, houses with bow windows, and baskets of flowers on each facade. In Montpellier, there is the Northern England Center for Antiques and the Arts, with several quality antique shops. There are also London fashion shops, beauty salons, designer shops, and next door is the famous Betty's Café, for tea.
Shops in Harrogate
Montpellier Mews
The Montpellier Mews is an old building with several restaurants and shops on Montpellier Street. Harrogate, being a city of hot springs, is dedicated to promoting leisure so visitors can spend weeks there. In the building, there are many antique shops with furniture, rugs, and old trifles. The shops are arranged around a central courtyard, and also have an antique touch. The prices are expensive. There is also a store that makes clothes to order, and a restaurant that I didn't try, but that looked delicious.
Churches in Harrogate
Ripley Church
Facing the village green in the heart of Ripley between Harrogate and Ripon (not to be confused with the city of the same name), the Anglican parish church is charming, like everything else in the village. You can visit it for free. In the small chapel, the main point of interest is the tomb of Sir Thomas Ingilby, knighted by Edward III after he saved the king from a wild boar attack. the tomb originally lay in another chapel, and was moved here when the town was rebuilt.
City Halls in Harrogate
The Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Town Hall is a Grade 1 listed building and was built by Cuthbert Brodrick after a competition to build the Town Hall was held in 1852. The Town Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858 and is home to an impressive 3-manual organ, the largest of its kind in Europe, built by Gray and Davidson. Leeds Town Hall is one of the largest town halls in the United Kingdom and one of the eighth tallest building in Leeds. It was opened by Queen Victoria, highlighting its status as an important civic structure. Today the town hall is mainly used for concerts and formal civic functions. It is the setting for the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition. The Leeds International Film Festival screens many of its films in the there each year. Leeds Town Hall is conveniently located in the centre of Leeds, next to Leeds Central Library and Leeds City Art Gallery. It is a five minute walk from both the rail and bus stations and a 10 minute drive from the M1 and M62 motorways. Leeds Town Hall is listed as a Grade 1 building and was built by Cuthbert Brodrick after a competition to build the Town Hall in 1852. The Town Hall was inaugurated by Queen Victoria in 1858 and is home to an impressive three-tier organ built by Gray and Davidson, the largest of its kind in all of Europe. Leeds Town Hall is one of the largest town halls in the UK and the eighth tallest building in Leeds. It's notable for its status and for being an important civic structure. Today the town hall is mainly used for concerts and formal civic events, such the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition and the Leeds International Film Festival. It is conveniently located in the center of Leeds, next to Leeds Central Library and Leeds City Art Gallery. It is a five-minute walk from the railway and bus stations, and a 10-minute drive from the M1 and M62.
Castles in Harrogate
Ripley Castle and Gardens
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Located in the small village of Ripley (not to be confused with the city of the same name), along the A61 between Harrogate and Ripon, Ripley Castle has been occupied for 700 years by the Ingilby family! Indeed, legend has it that the first Sir Ingilby saved the king from a wild boar attack, and as a reward the king gave him this piece of land. It is possible to visit the interior of the castle, as well as the grounds of the building.
Shops in Harrogate
Hopkins Porter Store
Located in the castle of the historic village of Ripley, between Harrogate and Ripon in Yorkshire in northern England, it is easy to miss this little shop, but to do so would be a mistake! The store offers all kinds of culinary delights: beer, biscuits, syrups, jams, chocolates and homemade fudge, and we particularly recommend the cheese. It is indeed an excellent selection of local farm cheeses, and this is where I tried a real cheddar cheese for the first time, delightful and so different from the processed variety found in supermarkets.
Hiking in Harrogate
Ripley castle path
It takes about ninety minutes to walk the trail, making a complete tour of the castle grounds and finishing in the center of the historic village of Ripley. This pleasant stroll will take you through a typical bit of the English countryside, and you can see deer frolicking nearby, and the waterfall on the castle lake.
Of Cultural Interest in Harrogate
Of Cultural Interest in Harrogate
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