The spa town of Harrogate is a popular tourist destination. Located in North Yorkshire England is known not only for its spa waters but also for the RHS Harlow Carr gardens and Betty's Tea rooms. Originally two minor villages but in 1571 with the first mineral spring discovery Harrogate became more popular.
The biggest draw to Harrogate is of course the spa. The spa is a mix of iron and sulphur and is a popular place for people to head to relax. They have a variety of packages from a quick hour and a half treatment to give you a quick recharge. You can also get a day's worth of relaxation as well if you want to spend all day getting pampered.
Another popular stop is the RHS Harlow Carr gardens. Located on the spot where the springs of the sulphur waters were discovered the gardens were laid out in 1840 and was opened to the public in 1946. The garden has a winter walk, a kitchen garden and other attractions that visitors enjoy regularly. This serene area makes for a great stop during your stay.
Another popular stop is Ripley Castle. Located in between Harrogate and Ripon, Ripley Castle was built during the fifteenth century. Opened for public tours the castle grounds contain a large lake and gardens that are also open for the public to enjoy. It's a popular location for weddings and other celibrations.
Visitors to the Harrogate area can enjoy a variety of different festivals throughout the year. The Jazz and World Music program always has a variety of famous names that play it. From B.B King to Wynton Maralis there is an artist for everyone to enjoy.
For those that are interested in the world of crime fiction there is the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Only a few years old, being founded in 2003, the Teakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has become the premiere crime festival in Europe. Each year an impressive array of best-selling authors come from worldwide to give speeches, hold seminars, and participate in panel sessions. It is a wonderful attraction for the crime aficionados, budding authors, established authors and the publishing industry.
Another famed festival is the annual Harrogate International Festival. This is held each July and August and is considered North of England's leading arts festival. The festival includes orchestral and classical programs and encompasses many leading strands. The Harrogate International Festival attracts leading performers, orchestras and also discovers new talent with their Young Musicians series.
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