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Your day in central Harrogate

If you’re looking for the ideal day out, look no further than a day in North Yorkshire’s famous spa town. Harrogate has a thriving, bustling town centre filled with boutique shops, lively bars, and mouth-watering eateries, making it a perfect day out over the summer, or as a day itinerary as part of your holiday to the Yorkshire Dales.Uncover the history of Harrogate, known as “the English spa” following the discovery of its natural spring mineral waters, and find out about the health properties which drew affluent visitors for centuries. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and glorious, floral elegance that Harrogate has to offer.Why not leave your car at home and save on the hassle of driving and parking? With direct trains from London Kings Cross and from the North and South via Leeds and York and an excellent local bus network, getting here could not be easier.

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Mercer Art Gallery

As you leave the bus or train station, head straight to the Mercer Art Gallery. Built 200 years ago as the Promenade Rooms for wealthy spa visitors, the gallery is now home to some exciting exhibitions by regional artists. It is also the custodian of the Harrogate District Fine Art Collection. Immerse yourself in its fantastic collection of artwork while exploring one of Harrogate’s cultural delights.

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Royal Pump Room Museum

Continue your morning discovering the history and heritage of Harrogate by visiting the Royal Pump Room Museum. Explore Harrogate’s heritage as one of Britain’s first Health and Wellbeing destinations. Find out how the early visitors to Harrogate “took the waters” for their now infamous health benefits, and about Europe’s strongest sulphur well. You’ll also learn about the lives of those who worked in the Pump Room.

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Bettys Café Tea Rooms

A visit to Harrogate isn’t complete without a trip to the famous Betty’s Tearooms. Dine in opulent surroundings and treat yourself to a deliciously decedent dining experience. Their exclusive blend of tea has been expertly created to complement their menu, and you’ve got the option to upgrade to champagne for the ultimate lunchtime treat. Be sure to book your table before you arrive to avoid the queues.

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Shopping for gifts at Inger and Rae


While you’re in Harrogate, pop into Inger and Rae, a gorgeous little shop situated in the heart of Westminster Arcade to treat yourself to some of their jewellery, art or ceramics. They love beautiful, innovative pieces and always provide a warm, Yorkshire welcome. While you’re nearby, be sure to visit all the other fantastic shops in Harrogate for the ultimate afternoon of retail therapy...

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A unique gin experience

After a busy day exploring what Harrogate has to offer, why not treat yourself to something different and book yourself on one of the Gin Experiences by the Spirit of Harrogate. There are over 100 gins (and a selection of tonics, of course!) to sample through the sessions and two different experiences to choose from. The expert mixologists will guide you through the history of gin, help you identify your preferred style, or even make your very own personalised bottle.

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