About 10 miles from the Crowne Plaza Harrogate® hotel, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park sits nestled in the Skell valley. You can stroll around the elegant Georgian water gardens, explore the well-preserved abbey ruins, and trek through the vast medieval deer park of Studley Royal. There’s a play area, a restaurant and a tea room.
Harrogate and its surrounding market towns are surging in popularity thanks to their local produce and artisanal products. You can sample local delicacies then check out Harrogate’s boutiques and cafés, steps from the hotel – Bettys Tea Room is a favourite. Top nearby towns in North Yorkshire include Ripon, which has a gorgeous Gothic cathedral, and Knaresborough, whose market dates back to 1310.
Harrogate was once a popular spa town where travellers would gather to drink and bathe in healing spring waters. 6 minutes’ walk from the hotel, the Royal Pump Museum, set in an 1842 spa building, describes the types of treatments that were in vogue at the time. You can pretend you’re a wealthy Victorian as you soak in the 1896 Turkish Baths, which have been thoroughly restored, 4 minute walks.
Cycling enthusiasts can test their legs in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just west of Harrogate. Two cycling routes through the area, a northern and southern loop, measure 40 miles each and have some challenging climbs leading to breathtaking views. You can also ride all or part of the 2014 Tour de France’s Grand Depart route through the Yorkshire Dales, ending in Harrogate.
Harrogate has two stunning gardens well worth a visit. Half a mile from the hotel is Valley Gardens, a Grade II listed English Heritage site with an Art Deco pavilion, playground, skate park and a bandstand with regular summer concerts. A mile-long path connects Valley Gardens to the RHS Garden Harlow Carr, where you can explore the meandering streamside garden, woodlands and wildflower meadows.
Harewood, Leeds Road, Leeds, Yorkshire LS17 9LG
Edwin Lascelles commissioned the building of Harewood House in the mid-18th century with money his father Henry made. It has been home to the Lascelles family ever since, reflecting the changing tastes and styles of the past 250 years.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, HG3 1QB
Harlow Carr is a garden dominated by water, stone and woodland and is very much part of the surrounding Yorkshire landscape.Harlow Carr seeks to push the boundaries of design and planting styles.
York Road, York Road, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS22 5EJ
Wetherby has thrived and flourished becoming one of the Country’s leading jumping tracks. The Racecourse has embraced change and modernisation whilst maintaining the finest traditions of its steeple-chasing heritage. Now, Wetherby is a subtle blend of old and new, with some of the most modern racecourse facilities available, nestling in 300 acres of park and farmland, adjacent to the A1.
HIC King's Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 5LA
Located in the heart of the beautiful North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, smack-bang in the middle of the UK, Harrogate International Centre (HIC) is one of the most impressively integrated conference, exhibition and events venues in Europe.
Yorkshire Show Ground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ
The Great Yorkshire Show is the country's leading agricultural event. Held in Harrogate, normally three days in July with over 125,000 visitors who will enjoy this celebration of agriculture and country life.
Knaresborough Tourist Information, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
Famous for its breathtaking views of the Nidd Gorge, the town is made up of numerous ancient walkways, cobbled alleys and secret passages, all of which reward careful exploration.
Light Water Valley Attractions Ltd, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT
Actioned packed day for all the family. Including England's Longest Rollercoaster - The Ultimate, the theme park is very popular for the thrill seekers. The park also boasts a Bird of Prey Centre and a Valley Shopping Village.
Aldfield, North Yorkshire HG4 3DY
Yorkshire’s first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England’s most spectacular Georgian water gardens.
Minster Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 1QS
People have been coming to worship and pray at Ripon for more than 1,350 years. The Cathedral building itself is part of this continuing act of worship, begun in the 7th century when Saint Wilfrid built one of England’s first stone churches on this site, and still renewed every day. Within the nave and choir, you can see the evidence of 800 years in which master craftsmen have expressed their faith in wood and stone.
1A Chapter House Street, York, YO1 7JH
A visit to York Minster is your moment in the long history of northern Europe's greatest gothic cathedral. You'll see traces of every age from the Roman occupation of York onwards to the future of this working and worshipping church.
Royal Amouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1LT
For a family day out to experience falconry shows, horse shows, including real jousting with knights in armour doing combat in the Tiltyard. The museum in Leeds is a multi-million pound purpose built building. It houses a large part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.
Royal Baths, Parliment Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2WH
Choose from any number of luxury treatments or just spend time unwinding in the beautiful steam rooms and feel the stresses and stains of life just melt away.
The Yorkshire Wolds are low hill in the countries of East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. One of nine National trails in England, the Yorkshire Wolds Way is a long distance foot path which runs the length of the Wolds from the Humber Bridge at Hessle to Filey on the coast. It is managed by the Countryside Commission.
Travel in style from York to Scarborough for a Summer day trip, across beautiful Yorkshire countryside. This service runs from 16th July to 29th August 2013 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's. The route takes about 2.5h.