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Originally a spa town and renowned for the health-giving properties of its water, Harrogate is located on the age of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, and the city has many open-air areas, such as The Stray for those who enjoy parkland walking. The RHS Harlow Carr gardens on the edge of the town are a more formal display. For the gastronomically inclined visitor, Betty’s Tea Rooms are delightful - the company makes Yorkshire Tea, which is served with various mouthwatering cakes.

The Great Yorkshire Show takes place every year, and it is worth timing a visit to coincide with this large event. Nearby Menwith Hill is a more unusual sight, a military installation visible for miles, it resembles a collection of giant golfballs. The town has one of Europe’s largest exhibition and conference centres, and is always full of visitors from far afield. Royal Hall Theatre, the only surviving Kursaal in Britain, and the Mercer Art Gallery, are worth a visit for those visitors of a cultural persuasion. Harrogate is a very wealthy town, and many of its homes reflect this. High Harrogate, around The Stray, has some beautiful houses, and the town itself basks in a wonderful air of quiet gentility.


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