Harrogate, world famous Spa Town.
On a coach trip to Harrogate it’s easy to see why the elegant spa town is frequently named the happiest place to live in the UK.
Packed full of tourist attractions, stylish shops, world-famous tearooms and stunning gardens all within a stone’s throw of one another it’s a cosmopolitan town, with an quintessential charm and chocolate box feel to it. Walk through the town centre and you can’t help but be awe-struck by its majestic appearance, characterised by breathtaking Edwardian and Victorian buildings which tower above the pavements.
Harrogate owes its success to the discovery of Tewit Well in 1571 which transformed the town into one of the country’s premier spa towns, with politicians and royalty flocking to enjoy the benefits of the sulphurous springs. Nearly 500 years later, you can still enjoy the health benefits of the springs at the luxurious Turkish Baths, which have been lovingly restored their former glory. It’s worth paying a visit just to catch a glimpse of the Moorish tiling and ornate ceilings.You can learn more about its spa heritage on a guided tour of the Royal Pump Room Museum, featuring photographs and artefacts which illustrate the town’s past.
If shopping’s your thing, you’ve come to the right place. Stroll the cobbled streets and you will discover a mix of exclusive designer boutiques, independent shops and high street stores.
No coach trip to Harrogate is complete with visiting the world famous Betty’s tearoom for afternoon tea. Make sure you pick up a Fat Rascal scone for the journey home, they’re divine!
There’s no shortage of green space too. Stroll through the sumptuously well-kept Valley Gardens, which boasts 17 acres of park and floral displays, or relax in the impressive Stray, an area of parkland that spans over 200 acres.
Throughout the year, Harrogate plays host to many events, including the Harrogate Flower Show, which takes place twice a year, in Spring and Autumn and the Great Yorkshire Show, the UK’s largest agricultural show. You can visit these brilliant events as part of a Special Events package, with ticket admission, hotel stay and coach travel included.
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