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Bettys, Montpellier Hill - Copyright & Credit Harrogate International CentreHarrogate is centrally located in the UK midway between London and Edinburgh with good transport connections. Leeds/Bradford and Manchester international airports are within driving distance. There are excellent motorway links and good train connections to Harrogate from all over the UK via Leeds or York.

The world famous Bettys Tearooms are a short walk from the Convention venue and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales just a short drive away.

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Harrogate is famous for its spa heritage with the Royal Pump Room dating back to 1842. It is now a museum where you can find out more about Harrogate's history including connections with the Russian Royal family and Agatha Christie's mysterious disappearance.

Harrogate today is a vibrant and charming town with plenty to keep the visitor occupied, from relaxing in the beautifully restored Turkish Baths and Health Spa to browsing around the elegant arcades of antique dealers and art galleries or indulging in some retail therapy in the eclectic range of shops from designer to high street. Harrogate also boasts a wide range of tea rooms and restaurants to suit all budgets - click here to download the Eating out in Harrogate Guide.

Valley Gardens - Copyright & Credit Harrogate International CentreHarrogate's reputation as a floral town attracts many visitors, with the town being a frequent Britain in Bloom winner and past winner of the Gold Award in Entente Florale. The Valley Gardens covers 17 acres close to the town centre, with nearby RHS Garden at Harlow Carr offering another oasis for budding gardeners to explore. Only a few minutes walk from the town centre is the 200 acre expanse of grassland known as 'The Stray' which enhances the sense of space and relaxation.

Fresh vegetables and high quality local produce feature in many of the shops and restaurants in Harrogate, especially award-winning Weetons and recently opened Fodder, which both specialise in only the best seasonal local produce available. Bettys Tearooms are famous worldwide with two branches in Harrogate, one in the town centre and a second at RHS Garden at Harlow Carr, both offering splendid views whilst relaxing over afternoon tea, or a full three course meal.

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If you wish to venture further afield the Yorkshire Dales are accessible just a few miles from Harrogate, with public transport to the area if you prefer not to drive yourself. The Yorkshire DalesRipley Castle - National Park has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. Its a special place a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife. Covering an area of 1,762 square kilometres (680 square miles), the National Park is located in the north of England, and straddles the central Pennines in the counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

If you prefer stately homes, then you can visit Ripley Castle to the north or Harewood House to the south of Harrogate, or explore Fountain's Abbey and Studley Royal, Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site, which is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises, including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Find out more about the Yorkshire dales at or visit the Welcome to Yorkshire website for information on the whole of Yorkshire.


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