Harrogate is a cosy little Victorian town in the beautiful county of Yorkshire, in North England.
This quite town is as British as it gets with it's polite kind locals(if you find them), tea rooms and numerous British pubs and sturdy Victorian structures, many of these buildings have seen numerous wars and yet retained its Grandeur.
It took us an hour and a half to reach Harrogate from Leeds.
We were lucky to find a free walking tour opposite Betty's tea room. We followed the very knowledgeable tour guide Harry as he took us around the town he knew so well, showing us the natural springs Harrogate is so famous for and giving us a bit of history about the place. Unlike most of the other tourist towns in UK, Harrogate had a much less Gory past.
This little town is filled with spas and springs, the locals visited the place to relax and destress. While it's neighbouring towns and cities were busy brutally murdering their rival successor and had their towns filled with guillotines and ropes to execute people publicly.
Harry first took us to the baths with the natural springs. Harrogate has 88 natural springs within the town, the most number of natural springs in the world! The town is built on a volcano and the water in the area are filled with minerals mostly sulphur from the earth's core.
These natural springs were believed to be therapeutic, which got crowds from around UK to benefit from this curing water. Harrogate turned into a spa town with numerous baths set up throughout the town, inspired by the cities of Belgium and Germany. Sulphur water taps were provided in public places for the people who couldn't afford to go to these baths.
I think 1 think the next generation would miss is World War stories from people alive at the time ,like this very polite gentleman whose father served in the navy during the war.
Just 20 minutes away from Harrogate is the even smaller town of Knaresborough. You can find a bus to Knaresborough every half an hour.
Home to the Knaresborough castle, a majestic castle from the 14th century. We see only the remnants of this castle, located by the river Nidd. You can sit for hours by the ruins, listening to the soothing sound of the river flowing. The town comes to life as evening approaches when students in green uniforms heading home stop by the riverside before they head home.
We headed back to Leeds through Harrogate. As the sun set we reached Leeds satisfied and elated by the day we just had.