A morning in Harrogate
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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.
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.