The View National Express Autumn 2017 - 64

10 THINGS

I LOVE ABOUT

Harrogate
From the highest point
in Harrogate, you can see
two National Parks - the
North York Moors National
Park and the Yorkshire Dales
National Park. Aysgarth
woods and waterfalls are
favourites of mine.

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1

ITS WARM
H O S P I TA L I T Y...

You can't visit Harrogate
without a trip to Bettys tea
rooms, with its eye-catching
black and gold exterior. The
café pulls a crowd - there's
often a queue out of the
door, and with good reason.
It's open day and night, but
afternoon tea is my favourite.
A window seat overlooking
The Stray adds to the
experience. And I'll definitely
be booking a table at new
restaurant The Ivy - the first
one outside of London - due
to open in November 2017
on Parliament Street.

2

HISTORIC
VIBES...
A traditional spa town,
people used to visit from
far and wide to sample the
waters with their supposed
healing qualities. You can't
taste the water now - I did
years ago and it was foul
- but you can smell it. Think
rotten eggs!
I'd highly recommend a
visit to the Turkish Baths
and Health Spa, now fully
restored to its Victorian
splendour. It's a unique place
to enjoy a massage.

3

ITS IDEAL
LO C AT I O N ...
Harrogate is slap-bang in the
middle of two fabulous cities,
Leeds and York, which are
great for day trips, but I love
its proximity to the beautiful
Yorkshire countryside.

...AND OPEN
GREENNESS...
As soon as I see The Stray,
I relax. It's a big draw: 200
acres of parkland in the town
centre. It's well used by the
locals, for walking, kite flying
and picnics. Spring in The
Stray is spectacular: millions
of crocuses and daffodils
flower alongside pink cherry
blossom avenues.
I love Valley Gardens, with
its Art Deco Sun Pavilion and
formal gardens. The dahlias
give it a real wow factor. It's
ideal for kids, too, as it has
an adventure playground.

IMAGES: Getty Images, Shutterstock

London-born
journalist Jo
Willacy has
been a regular
visitor to the
Yorkshire town
of Harrogate
over the past 25
years. She has
close friends
who live there
and, returning
so often, it feels
like her second
home. Jo loves
its friendly vibe,
as well as...



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