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Get here by public transport and spend the day exploring the beauty and tranquillity Harrogate has to offer away from the hustle and bustle of the shops and city centre. Harrogate is famous for its spa history and fantastic shopping opportunities. However, it is also known for the wide open spaces (such as the Stray) that give the town centre a relaxed, spacious feel of its own. So much so in fact, that the quality of Harrogate's parks and gardens has become yet another claim to fame for the town. This itinerary is ideal for the active visitor, with a walk and an afternoon exploring the different distinctive areas of beautiful gardens. Most of the day is on foot so why not make the most of your day and make use of Harrogate’s excellent transport links? Harrogate is well connected by direct trains from Leeds, York and London and a fantastic local bus network.

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Starling Independent Bar Café Kitchen

With a jam-packed day of walking and exploring ahead, you are going to want to start the day with a hearty breakfast. When you get off the train or bus, head straight to Starlings, situated in the heart of the town centre. There you’ll find specialist coffee and quality homemade food in a contemporary, comfortable and stylish setting, perfect for starting your busy day.

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Heritage trail

What better way to explore some of Harrogate's popular landmarks and lesser-known gems than by exploring the heritage of this beautiful spa town? Several trails are available from the Harrogate Heritage Plaques website, but we recommend the Red Civic Trail for a bite-size intro to the origins of Harrogate and the story of its rise from two quiet villages to the must-visit destination for Victorian high society.

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Walk through Valley Gardens

Take a walk through the iconic Valley Gardens before you head to Harlow Carr. These Grade II listed gardens cover 17 acres and are home to a huge number of mineral springs. The gardens are under constant improvement and lovingly cared for, making them a fantastic place to relax and explore.

Once you’ve explored the Valley Gardens, continue your walk on to RHS Garden Harlow Carr. You can pick up a map from Harrogate Tourist Information Centre which will include a voucher for discounted entry.

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Bettys at Harlow Carr

Any visit to Harrogate needs to include afternoon tea at Betty’s. Harrogate is fortunate to be home to two Bettys with the second here at the RHS's most northerly gardens. Have some delicious treats while you look out over the beautiful surroundings and soak up the stunning displays of colour. Here you can enjoy delicious cakes, their exclusive blend of fine teas, delicate sandwiches or fantastic Fish & Chips - so be sure to make the most of this indulgent lunchtime treat.

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Wander through the tranquil surroundings of this stunning garden and experience horticultural excellence as only the RHS can provide. Gather ideas for your own garden, relax in one of the more secluded spots and watch the world go by or let your curiosity be your guide as you explore the different areas. Don’t forget to finish your afternoon by stopping off at the RHS Harlow Carr Plant Centre & Shop where you can treat yourself to their selection of gifts, books and exquisite plants.

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