A morning in Harrogate

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St Wilfrids Church in Harrogate

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

On Saturday morning i took Julia out for her first proper look around Harrogate, and we were blessed with a warm, sunny day, which was ideal for what i had in mind. Firstly, i took her up through Duchy Road and Kent Road, to give her a taste of how the wealthy live in our town. Most houses in this area cost several million pounds, and having visited a few in my time, i can say they are worth every penny!

Nearby are the Valley Gardens, which are beautifully landscaped and certainly deserve an hour or two of your time, should you ever visit. Quaint pavilions, ornate fountains and vibrant flower beds are an ideal setting for wandering around. Should you feel more athletic, then there are tennis courts, pitch and putt and crazy golf, too.

Posh house in Harrogate
As we didn't have a great deal of time, we settled on walking through the area, which has won international awards.

Harrogate's claim to fame is it's healing sulphuric waters, and it gained it's wealth as a Spa town during the Georgian era of the 17th and 18th centuries. Therefore, i took Julia to see the Royal Pump Room Museum and Royal Baths, which date from 1842 and 1826. From here, it was just a short walk up to the Old Swan Hotel, which became famous in 1926, as the place where Agatha Christie went missing. Today, it has a wonderful ivy clad exterior, and often caters to guests who are using the nearby Conference Centre.

Wandering up Parliament Street gave me a chance to show Julia Betty's Tea Rooms, probably the poshest and most well known Tea Room in England.

Betty's Tea Rooms, Harrogate
As a 16 year old, this was where i began working part time in the marketing department, so it holds some memories for me. Outside Betty's is Montpellier Square, where the cenotpah dominates the skyline and people often gather to sit on the grass on a summers day. We just had time to pop into St Peter's Church on our way to the train station, which i'd never been into before. When you live somewhere, i often find you don't bother with what's right on your doorstep, so it was certainly nice having Julia with me, as it provided an excuse to look at the town properly for once! It was a good start to the day, but we had to make a move, as we had something truly important happening in the afternoon - a Leeds United football match!

Deats says:
I am back in the UK, but as Julia is with me we are doing all the touristy things. It feels more like traveling than being 'home'!
Posted on: Aug 10, 2009
Vikram says:
My God, are you STILL travelling?? Such a charmed life you lead!
Posted on: Aug 09, 2009
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St Wilfrids Church in Harrogate
St Wilfrids Church in Harrogate
Posh house in Harrogate
Posh house in Harrogate
Bettys Tea Rooms, Harrogate
Betty's Tea Rooms, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Harlow Moor Drive, Harrogate
Harlow Moor Drive, Harrogate
Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate
Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate
Hales Bar, Harrogate
Hales Bar, Harrogate
The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Harrogate town centre
Harrogate town centre
Harrogate town centre
Harrogate town centre
Harrogate town centre
Harrogate town centre
The Royal Baths, Harrogate
The Royal Baths, Harrogate
The conference centre, Harrogate
The conference centre, Harrogate
Wetherspoons Pub, Harrogate
Wetherspoons Pub, Harrogate
Westminster Arcade, Harrogate
Westminster Arcade, Harrogate
Montpellier Square and the cenotap…
Montpellier Square and the cenota…
Montpellier Square, the cenotaph a…
Montpellier Square, the cenotaph …
Montpellier Square, the cenotaph a…
Montpellier Square, the cenotaph …
The Cenotaph in Montpellier Square…
The Cenotaph in Montpellier Squar…
Montpellier Square, Harrogate
Montpellier Square, Harrogate
Montpellier Square and Bettys Tea…
Montpellier Square and Betty's Te…
St Peters C of E Church, Harrogate
St Peters C of E Church, Harrogate
St Peters C of E Church, Harrogate
St Peters C of E Church, Harrogate
St Peters C of E Church, Harrogate
St Peters C of E Church, Harrogate
St Peters C of E Church, Harrogate
St Peters C of E Church, Harrogate
Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre, …
Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre,…
Harrogate Railway Station
Harrogate Railway Station
Harrogate Railway Station
Harrogate Railway Station
Harrogate
photo by: Deats