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Vicky's Guidebook

Vicky

Vicky's Guidebook

Walks and Wonders in and around Harrogate
The Valley gardens in Harrogate are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in regal Low Harrogate, which along with Woodland, are known as The Pinewoods cover 17 acres. This links up with the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens at the top. There is a wide range of outdoor games such as tennis courts, pitch and putt, crazy golf and children’s play area.
Really worth a visit even if you aren’t a garden enthusiast. Lovely walks, great shop and the tearoom is a must!
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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
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Really worth a visit even if you aren’t a garden enthusiast. Lovely walks, great shop and the tearoom is a must!
Lovely walking areas of all types, path and woodland areas. Magnesia Well cafe and Games Pavillon sells some refreshments between Easter and September.
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Valley Gardens Harrogate
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Lovely walking areas of all types, path and woodland areas. Magnesia Well cafe and Games Pavillon sells some refreshments between Easter and September.
Over the years it has grazed livestock, been occasional site for the Great Yorkshire Show and Harrogate Flower Shows, been used as allotments and wheat fields during the Second World War.The Stray is protected by an act of Parliament and its total area must remain constant, meaning if any of it is ever removed it must be replaced elsewhere. This ensures that the great public space will always be there at the heart of the town.
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The Stray
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Over the years it has grazed livestock, been occasional site for the Great Yorkshire Show and Harrogate Flower Shows, been used as allotments and wheat fields during the Second World War.The Stray is protected by an act of Parliament and its total area must remain constant, meaning if any of it is ever removed it must be replaced elsewhere. This ensures that the great public space will always be there at the heart of the town.
Walks and wildlife , this is a great place to go. Peaceful and plenty of different routes to take depending how far you want to go!
Nidd Gorge
Walks and wildlife , this is a great place to go. Peaceful and plenty of different routes to take depending how far you want to go!
Walks and refreshment available here and unusual surroundings!
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National Trust Brimham Rocks
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Walks and refreshment available here and unusual surroundings!
14th century stately home. Open for tours, Segway experience and tea rooms. Great ice cream shop too!
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Ripley Castle
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14th century stately home. Open for tours, Segway experience and tea rooms. Great ice cream shop too!
Arts
The Mercer Gallery has two spaces, the main gallery and the smaller North Gallery and entry is free to all visitors. It has a changing exhibition programme for both galleries.
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Mercer Art Gallery
31 Swan Road
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Exhibits on spa treatments and town life. Visit the sulphur wells and discover our connection with Russian royalty and famous writers.
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Royal Pump Room Museum
Crown Place
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Exhibits on spa treatments and town life. Visit the sulphur wells and discover our connection with Russian royalty and famous writers.
History and pamper time
The unique Royal Turkish Baths first opened in 1897. In 2004 a £1 million restoration fund restored it to its former glory. A contemporary spa experience in magnificent surroundings.
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Turkish Baths Harrogate
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The unique Royal Turkish Baths first opened in 1897. In 2004 a £1 million restoration fund restored it to its former glory. A contemporary spa experience in magnificent surroundings.
Approx 2 miles from the coach house, Rudding Park Spa. Range of spa, golf packages available and top restaurants within the grounds too.
Rudding Park
Approx 2 miles from the coach house, Rudding Park Spa. Range of spa, golf packages available and top restaurants within the grounds too.
Sightseeing
Lots to do and see in Knaresborough. Castle ruins, riverside walks and boats for hire. Local markets on a Wednesday. Mother Shiptons wishing well and lovely local pubs.
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Knaresborough
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Lots to do and see in Knaresborough. Castle ruins, riverside walks and boats for hire. Local markets on a Wednesday. Mother Shiptons wishing well and lovely local pubs.
Further afield but not too far!
Historic house/Palace and family home to Mr&Mrs Richard Compton. Fun for all the family and beautiful gardens!
Newby Hall & Gardens Tea Rooms
Historic house/Palace and family home to Mr&Mrs Richard Compton. Fun for all the family and beautiful gardens!
Stunning house. Beautiful gardens and large lovely outdoor areas for picnics, lake walks and a lovely bird garden. Extensive programme of events throughout the year, check out on line.
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Harewood House
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Stunning house. Beautiful gardens and large lovely outdoor areas for picnics, lake walks and a lovely bird garden. Extensive programme of events throughout the year, check out on line.
Historic house and great for garden lovers and wildlife.
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National Trust - Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens
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Historic house and great for garden lovers and wildlife.
Well worth a visit for a great walk.
Swinsty Reservoir Car Park
Well worth a visit for a great walk.

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Restaurants
If you are wanting to eat in Harrogate on a Friday or Saturday evening, please book prior to your visit. Popular places do get booked up weeks in advance.
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Bus
The 36 bus covers from Leeds to Harrogate to Ripon. Come out of our driveway , turn left and at the traffic light go round the corner and the bus stop is there! The last stop before the bus station is outside Betty’s tea rooms, a great place to get off. From Harrogate, the stop you would ask to get off is Oakland’s corner. This lands outside the local Simply food M&S which is a minute walk back to the coach house.
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Train
Walking from the coach house, back towards the traffic lights, keep walking straight ahead. This takes you down Hookstone Road, and a 5 minute walk , you hit the railway bridge, where you will find Hornbeam Park Railway station. This is one stop to Harrogate or you can carry onto York. In the other direction you can get to Leeds.
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Taxi
Average cost of a taxi into the centre of Harrogate approximately £5/6. Local taxi firms include, Blueline - 01423 530830. Mainline - 01423 555555. Airline - 01423 525200 and Freedom - 01423 595959.
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Local coffee and cake
Walking - a two minute walk and on Hookstone road you will find The Wild Plum cafe. Outstanding food from breakfast to afternoon tea. A little different from your usual cafe, check out the menu on line, if its your food then you’ll be in heaven!
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Fodder, local farm shop and cafe.
All local produce , lovely cooked breakfasts and lunches. Great afternoon tea and the shop is full of food and local goodies.