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Voted and declared to be the third most romantic destination in the world after fending off the likes of both Paris and Rome, Harrogate is home to some 80,000 people.
Sitting just a few miles away from the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty, both the centre and outlying areas of Harrogate are celebrated for their natural elegance and beauty, helping to attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every single year.
HISTORY OF HARROGATE.
Unlike most towns and cities throughout Yorkshire, Harrogate has never been one of heavy industry, as since the discovery of the Harrogate mineral well in 1571, it has relied more or less on its spa reputation for its economy.
The spa waters were likened to that of Belgium, and were reputed to provide consumers with a plethora of healing properties. By 1596 Harrogate was forever dubbed, “The English Spa.”
Partly thanks to the healing effect lauded by prominent doctors of the time, and partly thanks to the many bath houses that sprang up in and around the Harrogate area, the town enjoyed a boom in local tourism and trade.
In the late 17th century the first inns and taverns were built to support travellers and those who intended to stay for long periods of time.
Between 1830 and 1841, however, local hotels began profiting directly from the wells by ciphering off the water into their own purpose built wells. So great was the loss of water that locals petitioned for an Act of Parliament to protect the wells that Harrogate needed for its survival. By the end of the 18th century the town was home to 18,000 people.
At the dawn of the 20th century the town was favoured by the upper classes and elites of Europe as it grew in both size and reputation. Although during much of its history, Harrogate experienced a largely unaltered trend of upward prosperity, upon the brink of World War One, the town waned in popularity as the nation, much like the rest of the world, had other priorities to fulfil.
Despite the same decline occurring throughout World War Two, Harrogate was boosted partly by the fact that the British Government used it as a base in the north, where the town’s large hotels accommodated offices evacuated from bombed out London.
THINGS TO DO IN HARROGATE TODAY.
After suffering from a mild economic recession during the 20th century, Harrogate is once more a flourishing town of tourism – offering a wealth of activities and attractions.
Aside from the wide range of boutiques and high street shops that adorn the town centre, Harrogate is also well known for its high number of quality and respected restaurants.
For those that merely want to enjoy the natural beauty that the area has to offer, the Gouthwaite Reservoir Nature Reserve, the Bewerley Industrial Heritage Trail, and Studfold Adventure Trails all provide perfect experiences of life in natural Yorkshire.
Despite the fact that Harrogate is often considered to be the jewel of Yorkshire’s crown, the surrounding towns and villages of Harrogate also provide a range of experiences and activities that rival the acclaimed town:
Itself a spa town and a civil parish of the Borough of Harrogate, Knaresborough is a place of notable beauty and is also a haven for those interested in history, with Knaresborough Castle enjoying thousands of visitors every year.
Known as the Cathedral City of the Yorkshire Dales, Ripon is a tiny, yet thriving market town located just 30 minutes outside of Harrogate.
Aside from viewing the beautiful cathedral itself, the Workhouse Museum, Fountains Abbey and the Ripon Race Course all offer a variety of activities throughout the year.
Home to the oldest sweet shop in England, Pateley Bridge is a small market town in the Nidderdale area, found just 13 miles north of Harrogate.
Often the base of many a walking holiday, Pateley Bridge enjoys a constant stream of holidaymakers that set out to enjoy the natural beauty of the immediate area and the Yorkshire Dales.
In the summer, the last Dales agricultural show – the Nidderdale Show – attracts a crowd of roughly 15,000 people every year.