As one of Yorkshire's most distinctive destinations, Harrogate is an elegant option in this beautifully rural part of the country. With a chic tearoom and coffee shop culture and handsome architecture, this spa town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales is full of character and will satisfy the extremes of your holiday wish list.
The most unique pursuit in Harrogate is surely the Turkish Baths, set amidst astounding Victorian architecture. Moorish mosaics and marble terraces sprawl beneath the great vaulted ceilings, where lavishly stenciled arches of Islamic design fuse with the dark wood of Victorian interiors. The health spa here has spa pools, saunas and plenty of the town's mineral water to sample, with a historical spa trail to discover after total rejuvenation.
The town has a thriving arts and entertainment scene, at the heart of which is the world-class Edwardian Royal Hall Theatre. From classical music to comedy and dance, Harrogate hosts a range of festivals throughout the year. For refreshment, there is a tempting mix of craft ale bars and traditional family pubs, with a fair share of excellent restaurants and famous foodie shop Fodder.
You don't have to go far for a day out, as just outside the town centre is the RHS Garden Harlow Carr, a luscious 58 acres of garden. Expertly designed and maintained by the RHS, this labyrinth of floral displays, fruit trees and woodland is highlighted by the innovational Kitchen, Scented and Foragers Garden experiences. If you're looking for a bit of history, visit the 700 year old Ripley Castle, where an abundance of child focused parkland and play trails makes for a wonderful family adventure.
The variety of charming holiday cottages in Harrogate make finding accommodation easy and ensure a tranquil stay on your own terms. Whether it's a round of golf at Harrogate's c1892 colonial style club or a spot of Betty's famous afternoon tea, you'll certainly enjoy a relaxing, restorative break.