The spa town of Harrogate has been one of Yorkshire’s most elegant destinations since the Georgian era, when it was known simply as “The English Spa”. Take a stroll along the broad tree-lined streets and immaculately groomed gardens and you’ll see that it wasn’t just the mineral-rich waters that drew European high society here.
At the Royal Pump Room Museum, you can learn more about the historical significance of the local mineral springs. To sample the waters yourself, head to the tastefully restored Moorish-style Turkish Baths & Health Spa, built in 1896. For more natural rejuvenation, head to the west of the town centre to the leafy Valley Gardens featuring the art deco Sun Pavilion.
As Harrogate is also home to the renowned Yorkshire Tea, a visit here would not be complete without stopping for a traditional afternoon tea at the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms, one located in the town centre by Montpelier Gardens, the other one overlooking the RHS Garden Harlow Carr. For those new to the British concept of afternoon tea, make sure to leave room in your stomach for the variety of small sandwiches, scones, cakes, cream and preserves that may accompany the tea!View Yorkshire & County Durham