WELCOME TO HARROGATE
Harrogate Welcomes the World
2019 is an important year as all roads will lead to Harrogate when the 2019 UCI Road World Championships come to town in September. Harrogate Welcomes the World is a year long festival of events and installations to celebrate Harrogate’s place at the centre of the 2019 cycling championships. The stunning district of Harrogate is one of the most spectacular areas in the UK, boasting a host of attractive towns and villages; housing castles, abbeys and beautiful countryside. The district not only includes a World Heritage Site but also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The elegant town of Harrogate is famed for its spa heritage and here you can immerse yourself in Britain’s most fully restored Victorian Turkish Baths. It is also a town where history can be found juxtaposed with modern life as Harrogate’s shopping scene, and in particular, the Montpellier Quarter allows visitors to explore a variety of independent shops and cafés, where you can shop until you drop. There are not too many areas in the world that can boast a UNESCO World Heritage Site or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but Harrogate district plays proud host to one of each. The World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden near Ripon has a 12th century Cistercian abbey, 18th century Georgian water garden and a medieval deer park. It is situated in the Nidderdale AONB which has walking trails and cycle routes that offer a great way to explore the countryside of this beautiful area. Outdoor exploration is a key theme in this part of the world, How Stean Gorge is a spectacular limestone ravine in the Yorkshire Dales, carved out over thousands of years by water. Here explorers can traverse waterfalls and plunge into deep pools as they make their way down this geological wonder. Brimham Rocks is an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations, sculpted
over centuries by ice, wind and rain leaving behind an extraordinary feature that offers a great day out for families, climbers and walkers.
Top to bottom: Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal near Ripon. Brimham Rocks. Ripon Cathedral. Harrogate Turkish Baths.
Knaresborough also offers a family day out that includes riverside walks, boat hire and stunning views from the castle rock of the River Nidd and the breathtaking viaduct. Stockeld Park has outdoor fun for all the family with differing adventures depending on the time of year. The cathedral city of Ripon has history that dates back to 672AD. Ripon Cathedral has one of the oldest Saxon crypts in the country and many other interesting features including the medieval woodcarvings that are said to have inspired Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland. It wasn’t always the city you see before you today, the Ripon Workhouse Museum shows the harsh life and often the only option, of the city’s former inhabitants. Together with the Prison and Courthouse Museums, here people get to experience the life story for the least fortunate of 19th century Ripon. Harrogate district is home to some of Yorkshire’s most relaxing and innovative gardens. RHS Garden Harlow Carr showcases horticultural excellence all year round. Newby Hall is one of England’s finest houses, set in 25 acres of spectacular gardens, full of rare and beautiful plants and also home to one of the finest collections of dolls houses, miniatures and Gyles Brandreth’s famous teddy bear collection. On the outskirts of Harrogate with eight acres of gardens is Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens; this 18th century mansion is a real treat to enjoy all year round.