We’ve landed in the upmarket spa town of Harrogate now. But as we’re slap bang in the middle of a pandemic our sightseeing options are limited!
Luckily we both love a wander in gardens and there are some lovely ones to explore.
The Valley Gardens are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in Low Harrogate, which along with woodland, covers 17 acres.
The Valley Gardens contain a huge number of mineral springs – the area known as Bogs Field has 36 different mineral springs! This is more than any where else on the planet!
The gardens were developed as an attractive walk for visitors to Harrogate and formed part of their health regime between taking the waters.
Outside the gardens the whole of Harrogate appears as if a piece of living history, with more architectural gems than you can shake a stick at.
The town is famous for its mineral springs and spas and visitors would come from far and wide to take the waters.
Above is the Royal Pump Room – a Grade II* listed building in which now houses the town’s museum.
It was formerly a spa water pump house. where guests could drink sulphur water which was pumped on site from a natural spring known as the Old Sulphur Well