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

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?

Here’s my post on our favourite things to do in and around Harrogate.

Don’t forget to check out this feature about a nearby city, York: things to do in York with kids.

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36 Comments

  • Sam | North East Family Fun
    November 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm

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

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    • Nell
      November 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

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

      Reply
  • Mandy
    November 21, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Beautiful trees! So colorful.

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

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    • Nell
      November 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      It certainly had a very luxurious feel!

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  • Noemi of Pinay Flying High
    November 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm

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

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    • Nell
      November 27, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      It’s a gorgeous place to visit.

      Reply
  • Sagar Kole
    November 24, 2016 at 7:37 am

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

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  • Katy Clarke
    November 24, 2016 at 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

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    • Nell
      November 27, 2016 at 9:24 pm

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

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  • Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    November 24, 2016 at 10:03 am

    indeed lovely photos:) #farawayfiles

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    • Nell
      November 27, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you!

      Reply
  • Phoebe | Lou Messugo
    November 24, 2016 at 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

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  • Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles)
    November 24, 2016 at 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

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    • Nell
      November 28, 2016 at 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!

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  • Cathy (Mummytravels)
    November 24, 2016 at 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

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    • Nell
      November 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks Cathy x

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  • Jennifer Howze
    November 25, 2016 at 9:12 am

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

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    • Nell
      November 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      It stole my heart too!

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  • Erin Gustafson @OregonGirlWorld
    November 25, 2016 at 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

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    • Nell
      November 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm

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

      Reply
  • Chiera
    November 27, 2016 at 1:41 pm

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

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    • Nell
      November 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you!

      Reply
  • Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures
    November 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Love the colours! Gorgeous photos, Nell!

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    • Nell
      November 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks x

      Reply
  • Mini Travellers
    November 28, 2016 at 10:12 am

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

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    • Nell
      November 28, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Isn’t it just?

      Reply
  • Notmyyearoff
    November 28, 2016 at 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!

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    • Nell
      November 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm

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

      Reply
  • Ruth
    November 29, 2016 at 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

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    • Nell
      December 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

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

      Reply
  • Phoebe | Lou Messugo
    December 2, 2016 at 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.

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    • Nell
      December 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      All sorted now 🙂

      Reply
  • Lauren
    December 2, 2016 at 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!

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    • Nell
      December 8, 2016 at 7:47 pm

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

      Reply
  • Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    December 3, 2016 at 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

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    • Nell
      December 8, 2016 at 8:37 pm

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

      Reply

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