11 pictures to make you fall in love with Harrogate in Autumn

11 pictures to make you fall in love with Harrogate in Autumn

Harrogate is a genteel spa town in north Yorkshire, close to the Yorkshire Dales. It’s very different to towns in the industrial south of the County; the town’s pristine parks, green spaces and shopping areas reflect its status last year as ‘happiest place to live in England‘. You won’t walk ten paces without spotting a well-manicured tree, and little clumps of carefully placed flowers pop up everywhere – even on central reservations between road lanes. Harrogate in Autumn is beautiful.

On a recent stay I spent a crisp, sunny morning walking around with my camera, drinking in the picturesque scenes. I started out on The Stray, a 200-acre protected space on the edge of the town centre, which dates back to 1778. The trees are varied and flaunt a flamboyant cocktail of Autumn colours.

Harrogate in Autumn

Harrogate in Autumn

Harogate in Autumn

Harrogate in Autumn

Harrogate in Autumn

Harrogate in Autumn

Harrogate in Autumn

I didn’t go into the famous Harrogate landmark that is Bettys Tea Rooms, but their window display was mouth-watering. Bettys is perched in the town centre, on the tip of The Stray, and would make for a good spot to gaze out onto the greenery while tucking into a Yorkshire fat rascal (a special kind of fruit scone).

Bettys

Bettys

One Harrogate treat that I did sample – which I’ve posted about here – is Harrogate Turkish baths and health spa. A nest of Moorish splendour, it’s tucked away behind an unassuming facade, down the hill from Bettys.

Harrogate turkish baths

Harrogate Turkish baths

Have you visited Harrogate? Which season do you prefer there?

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36 Comments

  1. November 18, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    Wow! Stunning! We have a trip booked to Harrogate in Jan, I hope it looks as stunning in winter.

    • Nell
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 11:46 am

      Sam it’s lovely there in Winter. The Stray’s all lit up with ‘apple’ lights. So pretty!

  2. November 21, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    Beautiful trees! So colorful.

    The inside of the spa looks so decorative and relaxing. 🙂

    • Nell
      Author
      November 27, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      It certainly had a very luxurious feel!

  3. November 21, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Harrogate looks so wonderful! I love places with open fields. 🙂 The Turkish bath looks phenomenal.

    • Nell
      Author
      November 27, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      It’s a gorgeous place to visit.

  4. November 24, 2016 / 7:37 am

    Wonderful place! I have never heard about Harrogate. What would be the great time to visit? Thanks for sharing.

  5. November 24, 2016 / 9:28 am

    Ooh I’ve always wanted to go to Harrogate Nell! How pretty and those Turkish baths look so tempting on this chilly winter day. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us on #FarawayFiles

    • Nell
      Author
      November 27, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      Yes, there’s a reason why people in cold Scandinavia are also so fond of this kind of thing!

    • Nell
      Author
      November 27, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you!

  6. November 24, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    You don’t have to convince me, Harrogate is beautiful in any season. I was last there in winter with sparkly lights and tasteful decorations. My sister lives near Harrogate so it’s one of the places I visit in UK pretty often and know reasonably well, but I have to admit I don’t think I’ve ever been in autumn. #farawayfiles

  7. November 24, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    Well, I’m in love, Nell. These pictures are gorgeous. I’ve been to Harrogate just the once and naturally my first stop was Betty’s Tea Rooms! I’ll have to go back and see that gorgeous Autumn colour for myself. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on #FarawayFiles

    • Nell
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 11:59 am

      It’s a pleasure! I want to go back too, to eat at Betty’s. Haven’t been there since I was little!

  8. November 24, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    I’ve only been to Harrogate once, a long time ago and about all I remember was going to Betty’s. I’m pretty sure I had a fat rascal too! Love your photos though, so beautiful. #farawayfiles

    • Nell
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Thanks Cathy x

  9. November 25, 2016 / 9:12 am

    You’re right! I am now officially in love with Harrogate in autumn. x #FarawayFiles

    • Nell
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 12:14 pm

      It stole my heart too!

  10. November 25, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    “…flaunt a flamboyant cocktail of Autumn colours.” So very descriptive and too bad about Betty’s – it did look fun! Next time right? I haven’t been to Harrogate, but I would happily do so. Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin #FarawayFiles

    • Nell
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 12:15 pm

      Yes, I’m dying to get my hands on one of their fat rascals! 😉

  11. November 27, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Oh My Goodnes! that house with the red ivy! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! #farawayfiles

    • Nell
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 12:16 pm

      Thank you!

    • Nell
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 12:24 pm

      Thanks x

  12. November 28, 2016 / 10:12 am

    I do so love Harrogate, it really is very pretty indeed! Thanks for linking this post up to #MondayEscapes Nell.

    • Nell
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      Isn’t it just?

  13. November 28, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    I really need to go. We live so close to it and we never really go very often. I had no idea they had a spa there but I’m now trying to convince my cousin we should go!

    • Nell
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      Yes, do go – I bet you’d love it.

  14. November 29, 2016 / 1:59 am

    It is interesting to learn more about this city since the company I work for has a location in there. Everyday, I see people who are hired for that location but had no idea of how the city looked or felt. I am trilled to learn more about it through your post. I may need to apply for a position there! #MondayEscapes

    • Nell
      Author
      December 2, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      How funny! Yes, if you get a chance you should definitely pay it a visit.

  15. December 2, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Hmm, strange, I just popped back here to see if you had replied to my comment and find that it isn’t here. I definitely wrote one, as I love Harrogate and know it well, in all seasons EXCEPT autumn! Oh well, I’m here again to say what lovely photos you took; I must try and visit in autumn next time.

    • Nell
      Author
      December 2, 2016 / 2:43 pm

      All sorted now 🙂

  16. December 2, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    I had to visit Harrogate on business years ago (before the kids we born) and loved it. I have always wanted to return and since reading your article makes me want to return. Bettys Tea Rooms looks amazing!

    • Nell
      Author
      December 8, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      It’s a good place for kids too. Valley Gardens play park is the best.

  17. December 3, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    What a wonderful walk. My last visit to Harrogate was far too long ago and well before the Tin Box girls came along. We have family in Yorkshire so we must try to get back there soon. The spa looks fabulous and I’d love to revise Betty’s! #MondayEscapes

    • Nell
      Author
      December 8, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      It’s a lovely place for a trip, Claire x

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