If you want to avoid long airport lines and potential flight cancellations while enjoying a relaxing vacation this summer, you don’t need to travel far for a trip that will see you return home with a glow. on your cheeks and a spring in your step.
The area of Harrogate, nestled in the glorious Yorkshire countryside, is the perfect destination for a short break just a short drive or train ride away.
This beautiful destination, covering Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Masham, Nidderdale AONB, Pateley Bridge, the town of Ripon and the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, has been a place of well-being since 1571.
The lure of Harrogate’s spring waters, which are believed to have medicinal properties, has seen people flock from far and wide to ‘take the waters’ in a bid to feel better.
Here are four suggestions on how to plan a short break in the Harrogate district. Head toward: visitharrogate.co.uk/feelgoodplace for more.
1. There are plenty of opportunities to relax
Holidays are the perfect time to let off steam, and what better than a relaxing spa break.
Spend your free time relaxing in the luxurious surroundings of a spa, indulging in a rejuvenating treatment or simply reading your favorite book by the pool. Choose from a traditional Turkish baths experience in one of the only remaining Victorian baths in the heart of Harrogate, feel on top of the world at the rooftop spa in Rudding Parkescape to a countryside retreat in Swinton Park or indulge in a bit of luxury with a relaxing day at the Three Graces Spa in Grantley Hall. You are guaranteed to return home feeling invigorated.
Plan your spa break here: www.visitharrogate.co.uk/business-directory/category/spa-relaxation
2. You can take the time to enjoy the great outdoors
If your idea of the perfect vacation is spending time in the great outdoors, look no further than the Harrogate area. With stunning scenery and beautiful open spaces around every corner, from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to a variety of glorious gardens to enjoy, you’ll find plenty to explore.
Take in the beautiful scenery on a hike, bike ride (or trek with llamas) in the Nidderdale AONBadmire the magnificent setting of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardena World Heritage Site, get the blood pumping with a daring experience at How Stean Throatenjoy the tranquility of one of the many gardens (Love Gardens – Visit Harrogate) or row along the River Nidd to Knaresborough.
Discover more great outdoors at: Savor the Outdoors – Visit Harrogate
3. You will discover the stories behind the rich spa heritage
What could be better than spending hours exploring a gallery or immersing yourself in the history of the place while discovering why Harrogate is known as the English spa?
The Royal Pump Room was built by Isaac Shutt in 1842 to house wealthy visitors to the city who came from far and wide to take the famous waters in hopes of finding a cure for an ailment. The museum now tells the fashionable history of Harrogate and the daily routine of the spa, delving into the weird and wonderful world of popular spa treatments of the time. You may not be able to taste the waters but you most certainly will smell them with the museum housing the strongest sulfur pits in Europe.
For more ways to experience Harrogate’s spa heritage, go to: www.visitharrogate.co.uk/arts-culture
4. You can find the perfect place to stay
A day isn’t long enough to make the most of all that Harrogate has to offer. Whether you’re looking to extend your spa experience by staying at one of the luxury spa hotels, fancy a boutique bed and breakfast, or want a place all to yourself, there are plenty of options to ensure you get a good night’s sleep in Harrogate and across the neighborhood.
For more accommodation go to: www.visitharrogate.co.uk
For more ways to enjoy a short break that will make you feel good, go to: visitharrogate.co.uk/feelgoodplace