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Discover Harrogate

Discover a handsome and historic spa town amid England’s glorious Yorkshire Dales

Harrogate, a delightful and unashamedly traditional English town in the West riding of Yorkshire was not slow to promote its natural and mineral-rich spring waters when spa resorts became fashionable with the affluent classes during the Georgian and Victorian eras. The town's origins can be traced back to the early fourteenth century when two hamlets merged to form a single destination called Harwegate presumed to be derived from the ancient Norse words for 'cairn' and 'street'.

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Yorkshire by Steam

Discover glorious Yorkshire, from the edge of the rugged Dales to its spectacular coastline, via the majestic North York Moors. Enjoy ancient York, delightful Brontë country and scenic railway journeys.

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The Harrogate Flower Show

Explore the annual flower show, held close to the pretty spa town of Harrogate on this exciting tour. Enjoy a nostalgic journey on a heritage railway and visit charming Bolton Abbey.

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5 days from £379 pp

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The Festive Markets of Yorkshire

Soak up the festive atmosphere in 'God's own county' on this superb pre-Christmas break. In addition to the Christmas Markets in historic York, you will enjoy a vintage steam journey and a festive rural village festival.

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Yorkshire & Durham

Uncover the beauty of northern England by heritage railway from its sweeping valleys to its wild moors. Along the way discover historic York and Durham before stepping back in time at the open-air Beamish Museum.

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A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas

From our base in the spa town of Harrogate, enjoy the festive spirit of beautiful Yorkshire. Our holiday takes us to famous monuments, vintage railways and the magnificent city of York.

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A Flavour of Yorkshire at New Year

From our base in the spa town of Harrogate, enjoy the New Year in beautiful Yorkshire. Our holiday takes us along vintage steam railways and to the magnificent city of York.

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When nobleman and soldier William Slingsby discovered a natural well-spring in 1571, the waters of which bore comparison to those of the 'medicinal' springs found in the Belgian town of Spa - after which all spas are named - Harrogate's reputation as the 'English Spa' was sealed. Rapid expansion during the seventeenth century saw increasing numbers of public baths opened to satisfy the demand for bathing in Harrogate's 'health-giving' waters and by the late nineteenth century the town was an established and popular Royal spa resort.

When the fashion for spa resorts waned at the onset of the First World War, Harrogate re-invented itself as a world-class conference venue; a status it proudly retains today. Harrogate, a gateway to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and a welcoming town with a rich cultural, historical and architectural heritage, and abundant attractions offers something to delight every visitor whether in town for business or leisure.

The Royal Pump Room Museum

Recalling Harrogate's golden years as one of Britain's foremost spa resorts, the Royal Pump Room Museum recounts the town's history and royal connections, and demonstrates some of the more bizarre spa treatments to which the Victorians submitted themselves. Visitors can also visit the most sulphurous well in Europe here.

Harrogate Royal Baths and Turkish Baths

Beautifully restored, the Royal Baths and Turkish baths, originally opened in 1897 once again offer visitors the chance to relax and unwind in healing waters and avail themselves of a sublime range of spa treatments in the exquisitely mosaic-tiled surroundings of these historic baths.

Bettys Tea Room

Bettys has been a Harrogate institution since its establishment in 1919, and enjoying the fare - which includes over 300 breads, cakes and chocolates, as well as 50 different teas and coffees - and hospitality of this delightful and historic corner tea room is practically obligatory for anyone visiting the town.

Valley Gardens

Harrogate is renowned for its floral displays, and within the seventeen acres of the English Heritage Grade II Listed Valley Gardens, visitors will not only find a spectacular array of varied shrub, flower and herbaceous beds but also beautifully-manicured lawns and many stunning and historic buildings and sculptures including the Sun pavilion and the Cherub Fountain.

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