I have a knack for turning the weather in Harrogate. No matter how beautiful it is when I leave my house, by the time I get to Harrogate (about 9 miles) it's white-cloud and grey skies.
This time was different- although Paul was with me, so he may be the charm!
We always park in the free parking. Around the edges of town centre there is "disc parking." Basically, you use a little disc to mark the time you parked, and, based on the area, you have 1/2-3 hours of free parking. It means a little bit of a walk to the shops (really, about 5-10 minutes), but it's worth the free parking.
The wind we had recently (ha! It's never-ending) ravaged the cherry trees right after they bloomed.
Oh well. It left the ground pretty!
Harrogate is a Victorian spa town; a baby town for England. This means there aren't a lot of sites, no cathedral, no castle- just a whole lot of great Victorian architecture and shopping.
Tulips in town centre- they're gorgeous, and have helped Harrogate win years of "Britain in Bloom" awards, but they've still got nothing on Keukenhof!
Betty's Tea Room is easily Harrogate's landmark site to see (and eat at!). It's a delicious tea room with its own blends (Taylors of Harrogate) and an amazing bakery.
The window is always decorated with seasonal treats- everything's about the Queen's Jubilee now!
Westminster Arcade is a small shopping centre with clever little boutiques and shops.
Harrogate's Royal Baths. Now a Chinese restaurant along with a renovated Turkish bath/spa, it still welcomes people to the bottom of city centre.
The Crown Hotel on the left; shops on the right.
(I'll tell you about Harrogate's original hotels and their feuds in a later post- promise!)
Royal Pump Room.
The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate's fantastic art gallery. Generally showcasing Yorkshire artists both old and new, we try to stop in at least once a month.
The Old Swan Hotel- another of Harrogate's originals, and its got lots of stories!
(Promise, promise, promise!)
Harrogate is known as a posh spa town, best for shopping and relaxing- but I think it's a great town to live in/near- or visit!