Now where do I start… It’s a beautiful place, very similar to Bath in Somerset.
Harrogate is a spa town, well known by its wonderful Turkish baths with Islamic arches, walls of lovely glazed brickwork, the arabesque painted ceilings and terrazzo floors laid by the best Italian experts.
The town is widely visited by tourists wishing to see unusual sights, historic buildings and beautiful scenery.
After leaving the girls at the wedding fair, Charlie and I started our sunny Sunday at Betty’s Tea Room (picture borrowed from the Betty’s website).
We were seated in one of the Betty’s atmospheric rooms were we enjoyed our morning tea with the Downton Abbey tune. How very posh!
Charlie enjoyed his House Blend Tea – traditional rich blend of top-class African and Assam teas with a huge Yorkshire Fat Rascal – it was massive and very tasty!
I went for an extremely delicious and chocolatey Swiss Chocolate & Raspberry Torte made from Swiss dark chocolate, almonds, hazelnuts & caramelized raspberries. And to make my morning even better, I went for one of the loveliest China rose teas, layered with fragrant rose petals, believed to keep mind, body and spirit in perfect harmony (that’s what the menu says!).
After the perfect Sunday tea break, I popped into their little shop to get some shortbreads and browse the counters.
It was a tough call, everything looked so good, but I made up my mind and got my guests a little treat – handmade Raspberry Macaroons made from raspberry butter cream and fresh raspberries. The girls said it was lovely!
I found this place so much nicer and friendlier than other patisserie places in London. With stomachs filled we trotted the streets of Harrogate for another hour or two.
I was impressed with Valley Garden situated in regal Low Harrogate. It is an English Heritage Grade II Listed Garden. I guess the sunshine helped me to enjoy it even more. I wish I had more time to explore it and have a long rest on one of those decorative benches.
The Cherub Fountain – inspired by the Chelsea Flower show in 1972
The Sun Pavilion and Colonnades
Across the road from the park, we admired the Royal Pump museum. It was too early and the museum was still closed, but the building itself was very impressive.
It was built in 1842 and attracted masses of visitors, even famous people such as Tsarina Alexandra of Russia in 1911.
Arx Celebris Fontibus – a citadel famous for its springs.
Montpelier Quarter – Harrogate’s best kept secret – home to exclusive shops, cafes, restaurants and the ‘Antiques and Art Centre of the North.’
Absolutely in love with this town, but the time was ticking and we had a few more places on our agenda, such as: Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale - part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also the famous Mother Shipton’s Cave, Petryfying Well and Wishing Well in the picturesque Knaresborough can’t be missed.