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.
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).
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.
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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