Escape the hubbub of modern life in Harrogate – a picture-perfect Victorian spa town where time has pretty much stood still. Take afternoon tea at Betty’s. Scrub away your worries in the spa. Wander among the fabulously colourful flowers in the royal gardens. Above all, relax.Book your train to Harrogate
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Treat yourself to a spa day in the luxurious Royal Turkish baths. Your skin will simply lap up being treated to a proper steam that melts away aches and pains – before the bracing cool of the plunge pool.
Be massaged into oblivion. Take your pick with a choice of treatments like Japanese Reiki, Indian head massage, Swedish relaxation or Turkish body ritual. With cheap train tickets to Harrogate you'll be able to splash out for a blissful treatment or two.
For arty types
Head for the Mercer Art gallery. Gaze upon works from Burne-Jones, Dame Laura Knight and local artists too – including major Victorian artists and modern-day.
Every so often the Royal Hall opens its doors to visitors to see the results of the restoration project – and all its gorgeous, glittering, gold interior. See when the next open day is on its listings.
All your favourites are in Harrogate – GAP, Next, River Island, Claire's Accessories and more. The Victoria Shopping Mall has a mix of well-known names like TK Maxx, WH Smith, Game and HMV, together with a few local businesses for variety.
Vintage, independents and homewares
Harrogate has a thriving antiques trade scattered around the town, but for the highest concentration of desirable treasures head for the Montpellier Quarter.
The Japanese Shop is an award-winning spot. It has one of the best collections of high-quality, Far-Eastern gifts in Europe. From authentic kimonos to collectable wooden dolls, you'll find something a little bit different.
Label lovers – designer shopping
Montpellier isn't just for antiques – if you like a bit of cashmere to keep you toasty-warm when it's frosty outside, try the Hawick Cashmere Company. Also revelling in the use of luxury fabrics with simple lines visit Caroline Charles. She dressed Emma Thompson for the Oscars, and Diana Princess of Wales was also a client.