We Love Yorkshire: 6 Special Things to do in Harrogate
Here at The English Cabinet Co., we love Harrogate. It is historic, beautiful and right in the heart of Yorkshire, which is why it has been chosen as the location for our first luxury bedroom furniture showroom, open now at House of Harrogate.
Whether you live in Yorkshire or not, Harrogate is a great place to spend a weekend away. Surrounded by natural beauty, there is something for everyone. From restaurants that tease your senses and independent shopping experiences to stunning walks and a rich history, here are six special things to do in Harrogate.
1. Betty’s Tea Rooms
Betty’s is world-renowned for its variety of tea and signature sweet treats. Founded in 1919 it is steeped in history and was popular amongst airmen stationed nearby during WWII.
Inside you will find a quintessentially British experience. Although there is now six Betty’s across Yorkshire, the Harrogate branch is where the story started. For the true experience we recommend ordering afternoon tea. A staple since the 1920s, it is the best in Yorkshire and people flock from all over the country to experience it. Visit Betty’s at 1 Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2QU. Some experiences can be booked in advance by visiting the Betty’s website.
2. Turkish Baths & Spa
Harrogate is known as a spa town thanks to its variety and quality of waters. If you want to relax and unwind away from the stress of modern life, look no further than the Turkish Baths & Health Spa.
Opened in 1897 as an international-quality bathing and hydrotherapy centre, the Royal Baths was considered to be the most advanced centre for hydrotherapy in the world. Restored in the late 1990’s this beautiful spa still holds many of its original features. From the traditional brightly coloured brick and mosaic floors and fine hardwood detailing, the Turkish Baths & Spa is a true decadent indulgence.
Encounter the ritual of heating, cooling and cleansing as you move through the hot room chambers and cleanse with a cool down in the plunge pool. Visit the Turkish Baths and Spa at Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2WH. This is a very popular experience so make sure you book your place by visiting the Turkish Baths and Spa website.
3. RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr is the perfect place to spend beautiful summer’s day in fresh air. One of the most relaxed and interesting gardens in Yorkshire, Harlow Carr is a true showcase of horticultural excellence. Covering 68 acres, it features a variety of landscapes from wildflower meadows to stream-side gardens.
The hedgehog-friendly garden is great if you are visiting Harrogate with little ones and the kitchen garden provides some great advice and inspiration for green-fingered visitors wanting to grow more produce at home.
Harlow Carr also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from wintery walks made magical by the colder weather to masterclasses on how to grow herbs and tend to your garden at home. Visit Harlow Carr at Cragg Lane, Harrogate, HG3 1QB and find out more about its events on the Royal Horticultural Society website.
4. Mercer Art Gallery
Home to the Harrogate district fine art collection, the Mercer Art Gallery is free to enter and features over 2,000 works of art, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Its exhibitions are always changing so there is something fresh on display no matter what time of year you visit. Until June 2018 you can experience ‘Picturing Women’, a celebration of inspirational female artists, past and present, that marks 100 years since women first got the vote.
On display is the work of pioneering photographer Julie Margaret Cameron, gothic ink artist Victoria Brookland and many more. Visit the Mercer Art Gallery at Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA and keep up to date with the latest exhibitions on the website.
5. Montpellier Quarter
Lauded as Harrogate’s best kept secret, the Montpellier Quarter is home to the most exclusive shopping destination in Yorkshire. Featuring over 80 independent shops, salons, bars and eateries, every location is steeped in style and elegance.
Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, gardens, flowers and cobbled streets the Montpellier Quarter is a truly luxurious shopping experience in a classic setting. Full of independent boutiques, you will find the finest fashion in Covet of Harrogate and Morgan Clare and pick up gorgeous gifts at H2K of Harrogate and Spirit of Harrogate, home of the award-winning Slingsby gin.
Find the Montpellier Quarter just off Parliament Street and browse the full list of shops and eateries by visiting the website.
6. Ripley Castle and Gardens
To explore Harrogate’s rich history, visit Ripley Castle and Gardens. A 700 year old castle steeped in tradition and set in exquisite grounds, lakes and gardens, Ripley Castle has been the home of the Ingleby family for 26 generations.
The guided castle tours give an informative insight into the lives and loves of the family since they acquired the estate in 1309. The tour takes you on their journey through history sharing the impact of politics, war, religion, the renaissance and the industrial revolution.
Outside the castle are walled gardens that feed all your senses all year-round and there’s a number of fun and educational events put on for children throughout the year too. Located three miles out of Harrogate, you can visit Ripley Castle at Ripley Castle, Harrogate, HG3 3AY. To plan your trip, visit the website here.
If you are visiting Harrogate, come and visit our showroom at House of Harrogate.