Four reasons why you should book a UK break in the Harrogate district

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If you want to avoid the long airport queues and potential flight cancellations but still enjoy a relaxing holiday this summer, you don’t have to travel far for a trip that will see you returning home with a glow to your cheeks and a spring in your step.

The Harrogate district nestled in the glorious Yorkshire countryside is the perfect destination for a short break which is just a short car journey or train ride away.

This beautiful destination, covering Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Masham, Nidderdale AONB, Pateley Bridge, the city of Ripon and the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, has been a place to feel good since 1571.

The lure of Harrogate’s spring waters, thought to have medicinal properties, have seen people flock from far and wide to ‘take the waters’ in a bid to make themselves feel better.

Here are four suggestions of how to plan a short break in the Harrogate district. Head to: visitharrogate.co.uk/feelgoodplace for more.

1. There are lots of opportunities to relax

Rudding Park Spa, Harrogate

Holidays are the perfect time to let off some steam, and what could be better than a relaxing spa break.

Spend your free time unwinding in the luxurious surroundings of a spa, treating yourself to a rejuvenating treatment or just enjoying your favourite book poolside. 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 roof top spa at Rudding Park, escape to a countryside retreat at Swinton Park or a enjoy a little luxury with a day lounging at the Three Graces Spa at Grantley Hall. You are guaranteed to return home feeling revived.

Plan your spa break here: www.visitharrogate.co.uk/business-directory/category/spa-relaxation

2. You can take time out to take in the great outdoors

The Northern Echo: Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens, RiponFountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens, Ripon

If your idea of the perfect holiday means spending time in the great outdoors then look no further than the Harrogate district. With stunning scenery and gorgeous open spaces at every corner from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to a variety of glorious gardens to enjoy you will find plenty to explore.

Take in the magnificent scenery with a hike, bike ride (or Llama trek) in the Nidderdale AONB, take in the beautiful surroundings of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, a World Heritage Site, get the blood pumping with a daring experience at How Stean Gorge, enjoy the tranquillity of one of the area’s bountiful gardens (Love Gardens – Visit Harrogate) or row along the River Nidd in Knaresborough.

Discover more of the great outdoors at: Savour the Outdoors – Visit Harrogate

3. You’ll discover the stories behind the rich spa heritage

The Northern Echo: River Nidd, KnaresboroughRiver Nidd, Knaresborough

What could be better than whiling away the hours exploring a gallery or immersing yourself in the history of the place whilst discovering why Harrogate is known as the English Spa?

The Royal Pump Room was built by Isaac Shutt in 1842 to provide shelter for the town’s affluent visitors who travelled from far and wide to take the famous waters in the hope of a cure for an ailment. The museum now tells the fashionable story of Harrogate and the daily spa routine, delving in to the weird and wonderful world of the popular spa treatments of the time. You may not be able to taste the waters but you will most certainly smell them with the museum housing the strongest sulphur wells in Europe.

For more ways to discover Harrogate’s spa heritage go to: www.visitharrogate.co.uk/arts-culture

4. You can find the perfect place to stay

The Northern Echo: Rudding Park Spa, HarrogateRudding Park Spa, Harrogate

One day just isn’t long enough to make the most of all that the Harrogate district has to offer. Whether you are looking to extend your spa experience by staying in one of the luxury spa hotels, fancy a boutique bed and breakfast or want a place all to yourself, there are lots of options to ensure you enjoy a good night’s sleep in Harrogate and across the district. 

The Northern Echo: Nidderdale LlamasNidderdale Llamas

For more places to stay head to: www.visitharrogate.co.uk

For more ways to enjoy a short break that will leave you feeling good, go to: visitharrogate.co.uk/feelgoodplace





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