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Harrogate District

A Fine Yorkshire Retreat!

Come away to the Harrogate District and discover one of the UK’s best loved destinations. Lift the lid on the area’s history, heritage, green open spaces and things to see and do. Traditional towns and villages, breathtaking Dales landscape, attractions to excite and inspire, festivals, events and celebrated Yorkshire food, drink and hospitality make this wonderful part of North Yorkshire the perfect choice!

If it’s style and elegance you’re looking for – head straight for Harrogate, a Britain in Bloom 2003 Gold Medal Winner. The graceful architecture and sense of elegance are the legacy of a famous spa history. Today, Harrogate is a major conference and exhibition destination with a lively mixture of great shopping, café culture and fine restaurants.

For a change of pace the dales are just the thing with gorgeous countryside and pretty towns and villages dotted amongst the tranquil, rolling scenery to visit, including Darley another gold medal winner in the best village category, Britain in Bloom 2003.

Knaresborough has a rich and illustrious history. Find out about life in medieval times at Knaresborough Castle and Museum, visit Mother Shipton’s Cave and go boating on the River Nidd.

Ripon is the Cathedral City of the Dales and the Cathedral was established over 1300 years ago. Visit the Yorkshire Law & Order Museums in the city and a long standing tradition in the city is the ‘setting the watch’ ceremony every night at 9pm by the Ripon Hornblower.

Memorable attractions to discover include Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Newby Hall, Ripley Castle, Lightwater Valley Theme Park and natural attractions such as the extraordinary Brimham Rocks and ‘Yorkshire’s Little Switzerland’ - How Stean Gorge.

From luxury town centre retreats, grand hotels in fine Victorian buildings and family run guesthouses to comfortable self catering accommodation, campsites in tranquil woodland locations and cosy farmhouses there is a superb choice of accommodation offering excellent service and value for money.

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For more information contact:
British Tourist Authority - 0871 572 3058

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