The charming and historic spa town of Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most appealing locations. Relaxed, traditional and surrounded by some of the UK's most beautiful scenery, the Harrogate area is known for its many fine country homes and elegant town houses. The vast rolling Yorkshire Dales are a region of unspoilt natural beauty, with the crisp, fresh air and gently curving hills of Wharfedale, Nidderdale and the Vale of York inspiring generations of residents. When one adds Harrogate’s location attributes; 17 miles north of Leeds, 3 hours from London by train, close to the upgraded A1 motorway and with ever increasing flight options from Leeds Bradford Airport, it is understandable why the Harrogate area is increasingly popular to home buyers across all prices ranges and property types.
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Originally comprising of two hamlets, Harrogate’s fame as a spa town can be attributed to William Slingsby who discovered a mineral spring in 1571, finding that the water from the Tewit Well possessed similar properties to that from the springs he had tasted abroad. It grew in popularity as a spa town following the enclosure of surrounding lands in 1770 known as The Stray, being a 200 acre parkland that surrounds the town centre and which is now protected by an Act of Parliament, ensuring it remains a popular attraction to this day.
The town's most celebrated mineral spring, a sulphur-well known originally as 'The Stinking Spaw', was discovered near the town centre, and the Royal Pump Room eventually built above it in 1804. The Royal Baths, opened in 1897, grew to be one of the largest hydrotherapy establishments in the world, offering a profusion of aqua-based treatments for rheumatic complaints ranging from sulphur baths to hot, sulphur-mud poultices.
Harrogate combines impressive historic buildings, such as the Grade II listed Royal Hall Theatre, with more contemporary architecture and amenities. It is now regarded as one of the leading conference towns in the UK and a popular commuter location for the West Yorkshire business community. Harrogate's reputation as an antique hotspot attracts people keen to find a bargain, with the quaint Montpellier quarter and some of the more secluded alleyways filled with hidden gems.
The town is famous for its shopping and is the place for designer labels and independent, high-end retailers, as well as the usual high street names. Blessed with one of the most attractive and unique shopping centres you can find, the Victoria Shopping Centre is centrally located, opposite the Harrogate Railway Station. Maintaining the town's long-standing tradition as a place of health and well-being, Harrogate’s Turkish Baths offer a variety of spa rooms, including steam room, three heated chambers, an invigorating cold water plunge pool and a relaxation room.
With excellent state and private schooling in the area, sporting and recreational amenities, The Stray and famous listed Valley Gardens, and a fabulous range of restaurants and cafes, including the award-winning Bettys Tea Rooms, Harrogate is a highly attractive location for many.