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Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire

Step out of your Harrogate hotel and enjoy the spa waters, be dazzled by the award-winning botanical gardens’ rose displays or discover the priests’ hidey-hole at Ripley Castle.

Historic Harrogate

The joy of visiting Harrogate’s most historic spot is that you get a nice rub down while you’re at it. The Harrogate Turkish Baths attracted European royals in its Victorian heyday and its grand arched roof, dazzling Arabic tiles and listed loo make you feel rather regal too.

Art and museums in Harrogate

Pinch your nose in the Royal Pump Room Museum where you can taste the sulphurous waters. The Mercer Art Gallery is home to more than 2,000 pieces of 19th- and 20th-century art and lovely Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens has its own fascinating gardening museum.

Quirky things to do in Harrogate

Nearby Ripley Castle is where the Ingilby family has lived for 700 years. A tour fills you in on the part this family played in history, its members – Gunpowder plotters, Henry VIII cohorts and eminent courtiers – sort of real-life Blackadders of their age.

Events in Harrogate

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show in April is a gardener’s delight but there is much more than dazzling daffs near your Harrogate hotel. Cookery exhibitions, a food marquee stuffed with local delicacies and children’s hunts entice the whole family. The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival with the likes of Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre delivers killer sessions on how to write sleuth stories.

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Attractions in Harrogate:

Harewood House

Opening times:
Good Fri-Nov: State Rooms daily 12pm-3pm; Main gardens daily 10am-6pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Tolling the Devil's Knell

Opening times:
The last bell tolls at midnight Dec 2012 - Dec 2013 (annual)

The Atlas fountain at Castle Howard, York. Courtesy of Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Opening times:
House: daily 11am-4pm (last admission)
Garden: daily from 10am-4.30pm (dusk in winter) Mar - Oct 2013 (various dates)

Manchester City FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Manchester United FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

What's on in Harrogate:

White Rose Winter Music Festival

Dates Open:
17/11/2014 to 19/11/2014

Wetherby Festival. Courtesy of Wetherby Festival
Wetherby Festival

Dates Open:
21/10/2014 to 30/10/2014

Leeds International Concert Season

Dates Open:
03/08/2015 to 10/12/2015
03/08/2014 to 10/12/2014

Film Fans. Courtesy of Leeds International Film Festival
Leeds International Film Festival

Dates Open:
03/11/2014 to 20/11/2014

Roundhay Park in Leeds. Courtesy of Leeds City Council
Leeds Bonfire Celebrations

Dates Open:
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014

Leeds Lights Switch-On

Dates Open:
10/11/2014 to 10/11/2014

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