Harrogate draws its elegance and style from its 18th century history, when it became a spa town and a haunt for the rich and famous who came to take the ‘waters’. Stylish shops and restaurants mix with independent antique, designer and high street shops. The town offers something for all whether you are on the cobbled streets of the Montpellier Quarter or the three lined main streets.
The charming 18th century hotel has many original features for the Victorian era. Located just a short walk from the town centre and Valley Gardens, the hotel is ideal for this holiday. All bedrooms are en-suite and have TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift that serves all floors.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive north to Yorkshire. We arrive mid-afternoon at the Carin Hotel where we have time to settle in before dinner.
Tuesday This morning after breakfast we pick up our packed lunches and make our way to the City of York. York offers much to see and do including the National Railway Museum, Jorvik Centre and York Minster. We have time to explore the famous Shambles as well as its narrow alleyways before we return to the hotel with time to relax before dinner.
Wednesday This morning we have a short drive to the village of Ripley. Here we enjoy a guided tour of historic Ripley Castle, home of the Ingilby family for over 700 years. The castle has many stories to tell, including Oliver Cromwell being held at gunpoint in the library. From here we return to the hotel for a light lunch of soup and sandwiches. This afternoon we is free for exploration of the town. With its huge open spaces and broad tree-lined boulevards, antique shops, shopping centres, flowers and plants, it is little wonder that the town is often a frequent winner of the Britain in Bloom award. Harrogate also boasts the world famous Betty’s Tearoom which was founded in 1919. We meet again for dinner at the hotel this evening.
Thursday After breakfast we drive to Ripon with its magnificent Cathedral which is well worth a visit. Today is market day and you have chance to browse round the stalls which are set up in the beautiful market place. We head along Nidderdale for a scenic ride via Summerbridge and Darce back to the hotel for a light lunch and time to relax at our hotel.
Friday After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts and make our way home. Arriving mid-afternoon we are greeted by our awaiting taxis.
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