Saturday, 6 October 2012


Girly Trip To Harrogate

Harrogate in North Yorkshire is popularly known as an historic spa town. In the early days people from London came to take the waters, which were high in iron, and to view the nearby Yorkshire Dales. These days it known as a tourist attraction for the beautiful countryside, Betty's Tea Rooms, shopping, and the invigorating air of the Yorkshire beauty spots.

We stayed in  The Crown Hotel, an old building slap in the centre of town alongside 'Valley Gardens' and overlooking 'The Stray'. 'Valley Gardens' is the main park, which covers the area where all the towns springs originate, and 'The Stray' is an enormous area of two hundred acres of gardens and woodland, which was originally the town racecourse and later became open land for the residents and visitors to enjoy.

The Crown Hotel

The bedroom

The shopping in Harrogate is rather unusual in that alongside the usual chain retailers there are some high end designer outlets, many independent stores, and lots of cafe culture venues. There are also some amazing restaurants. The town is predominantly Victorian and built in dark Yorkshire stone - a little depressing when it rains,  and  ... DID IT RAIN!!

Gold figures on the roof


Betty's Tea Room

Afternoon tea and cakes

Weird and wacky cakes
More weird cakes
More wacky cakes

Don't they look cute?

Breads and cakes galore

A particularly nice restaurant we found was The Tannin Level Bar and Bistro , where we all had a wonderful evening with excellent food and wine and these puddings below were eaten by two of the group - the good girls had no puddings at all!



We also spent some time at  Rudding Park Hotel, Golf Club and Spa. This is a magnificent country house set in stunning gardens.  A lovely tour of the hotel with a friend of the owner and some cocktails in the bar really enhanced our stay in Harrogate. Within the grounds is a charming Victorian Gothic Roman Catholic Church, a stunning golf course, and an elegant spa.

Rudding Park, Harrogate, England
Rudding Park Hotel


Sunset over Rudding Park

And now for the shopping ....
To be continued ...


  1. looks like the weather is being very good to you too ,pics are lovely and the desserts well i hope you enjoyed !!!!

  2. Looks like you have had a great time in Harrogate. We just went to a wedding there in July and stayed at The Crown too which is where the reception was held....lovely!

  3. Looks like great fun! I trust you sampled a selection of the weird and wacky cakes ;o)

  4. What a fun girly trip! Those weird and wacky cakes look delicious. I'm headed over for tea. :-) Enjoyed tagging along ... xx

  5. Lovely place Harrogate your pictures take me back as its years since I visited Harrogate, I also remember the shopping was different .
    Thank you for refreshing my memories of a wonderful place I must visit it again soon.

  6. Looks like you had a lovely time. Loved both Harrogate blogs, but particularly the quirky cakes.


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