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A feel good mini-break

Thinking of a short break in the UK this year? We may not be able to guarantee good weather but we can promise that you will return home with a glow to your cheeks and a spring in your step with a feel-good trip to the Harrogate area of North Yorkshire.Nestled in glorious North Yorkshire countryside the Harrogate area offers a wealth of experiences to make you feel good.Since 1571, the lure of Harrogate’s spring waters, thought to have medicinal properties, has seen people flock from far and wide to ‘take the waters’ in a bid to make themselves feel better. Today, there is so much more to experience and enjoy.

In this Itinerary

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Day One (Morning)

Fountains Abbey

What better way to start your feel-good trip than in the great outdoors? Harrogate is surrounded by so much magnificent countryside, that your choices will be endless. For a slower pace, we suggest heading to Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden, located just outside of the city of Ripon, here you can explore the extensive grounds and take in the breathtaking views across the water garden. This really is a gem you don’t want to miss.

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Day One (Afternoon)

How Stean Gorge

If you are looking for something a little faster paced, something to get the blood pumping, then save the afternoon for a trip to How Stean Gorge Activity Centre. Nestled in the glorious Nidderdale AONB, you can try your hand at gorge walking, caving, rock climbing and abseiling or simply just enjoy the gorge views from the glass-covered floor of the on-site café.

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Day One (Evening)

Rudding Park

After all that adventure, you will be in need of some serious relaxation. The perfect spot for this is Rudding Park Hotel & Spa, located just outside of Harrogate Rudding Park captures Harrogate’s spa heritage using natural waters from the grounds. Here you will find the luxurious rooftop spa, where you can take advantage of the Supper and Roof Top Spa experience, enjoying the surroundings at twilight whilst treating yourself to dinner at the Horto Café.

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Day Two (Morning)

Turkish Baths Harrogate

Wake up refreshed for your second day and ready for some more relaxation. Compare spa experiences by heading to Turkish Baths Harrogate in the heart of Harrogate town centre. The Turkish Baths Harrogate is one of Britain's most fully restored Victorian Turkish Baths which offers an authentic experience of heating, cooling and cleansing the body, promising a sense of relaxation and a clear mind.

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Day Two (Afternoon)

Mercer Art Gallery

To learn more about the spa heritage of Harrogate and the surrounding areas, you can take a journey back in time with a visit to the Royal Pump Room Museum, and uncover the weird and wonderful treatments of time gone by.

Around the corner, you can enjoy the memorising artwork of the Mercer Art Gallery, with exhibitions assembled from the town collection, and guest exhibitions with selected works from across the country.

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Day Two (Evening)

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Make your trip that little extra special with a foodie experience to remember at the luxury five star hotel Grantley Hall near Ripon. Grantley Hall is a food lover’s dream offering four indulgent restaurants, including Michelin starred dining at Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall.

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Day Two (Overnight)

Swinton Park

Stay overnight in one of the 47 exquisite rooms amongst the acres of beautifully manicured gardens or spend your final night doing something a little different and head to the Swinton Estate, near Masham for an evening in a Tree Lodge or Meadow Yurt.

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Day Three (Morning)

Swinton Estate

A feel-good trip wouldn’t be complete without spending time at the magnificent Swinton Estate. Whether you are waking up here, or just spending the day, there is so much on offer to make you feel good. From immersion experiences such as spa bathing to cycling around the expansive grounds to wild swimming in the lake, you could easily spend your entire trip here. For a refreshingly modern take on the spa experience treat yourself to some time well spent at the Swinton Park Country Club and Spa.

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Day Three (Afternoon)

Nidderdale Llamas

Top off your trip by spending the afternoon with a unique walking experience in the Nidderdale countryside with a new llama friend. Choose from a relaxing short walk or a longer more adventurous trek with one of these calming animals by your side. At Nidderdale Llamas, you will be matched with your perfect companion, who we are sure you are going to want to take home with you!

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