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D E S T I N AT I O N

W E LCO M E TO

H A R R O G AT E From the charming towns to the glorious countryside, the past to the present, the diverse district of Harrogate has so much to offer.

Left: Knaresborough waterside © Charlotte Gale. Above: Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens. Newby Hall & Gardens. Below: Harrogate Turkish Baths.

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he spa town of Harrogate is the perfect place to relax. Wander the attractive streets lined with boutique shops and discover the stylish Montpellier Quarter full of fantastic independents. Take a stroll around the colourful Valley Gardens or experience horticulture at its best at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. You’ll be spoilt for choice with places to eat and drink as the town boasts a huge selection, including the Yorkshire institution Bettys. Here you can enjoy dainty cakes and perfect scones as you savour one of their delightful afternoon teas. The beautifully restored Turkish Baths are decorated with mosaic floors and Islamic arches and are a toasty sanctuary to relax and unwind. You can also indulge with a treatment in the contemporary spa. The historic market town of Knaresborough has one of the most dramatic riverside settings in the country. You’ll find gorgeous cottages and a Norman castle ruin perched spectacularly on a cliff overlooking a remarkable viaduct and the River Nidd. Take a leisurely riverside stroll or even hire a rowing boat. Visit the

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mysterious Mother Shipton’s Cave or venture into the Woodland Trust’s ancient Nidd Gorge. Nearby, the remarkable baroque mansion of Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and woodland. Experience the changing exhibitions in the Saloon Galleries and uncover stories of those who played a role in its history, from owners and employees to builders and craftsmen. Children can let off steam in the wilderness play area. They’ll also love Stockeld Park, full of spectacular seasonal adventures, including an Enchanted Forest and a Magical Maze. The cathedral city of Ripon is a gem, with its thriving market place and rich heritage. Ripon Cathedral has the country’s oldest cathedral crypt as well as carvings said to have inspired Lewis Carroll. Explore the Ripon Workhouse Museum and experience the harsh realities of life for Victorian vagrants. The National Trust’s Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will surprise and captivate.

The mesmerising Cistercian abbey ruins are spectacular while the elegant Georgian water garden is a joy to explore. A short distance from Ripon is Newby Hall & Gardens, crowned 2019 Historic Houses Garden of the Year. The double herbaceous border, at 172m in length, is one of the longest in the country. With its north-south axis, the border holds the fine William & Mary house at the top, and slopes down to the River Ure at the bottom. Families can enjoy a ride on the miniature railway and will love the adventure playground. The designated Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a rich landscape waiting to be discovered. It’s a haven for families, climbers, walkers and cyclists with trails and pathways galore. There are spectacular views to enjoy at Brimham Rocks, an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations that children will love to explore. For an adrenaline kick visit How Stean Gorge near Pateley Bridge and get your hard hat on for canyoning, abseiling, caving and gorge walking.

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