There’s arguably no place better for a traditional cup of tea than Betty’s Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate. Having first opened in 1919, the brand is the epitome of tea and hospitality, and is just one of the reasons to visit the enchanting Victorian spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire.
Harrogate’s spa history dates back to 1571, when its first mineral spring was discovered. More springs were discovered with different waters purported to have different curative powers. Over the next two centuries, more and more visitors came to visit the springs, prompting the development of entertainment and hospitality to accommodate them. By the 1800s there were dedicated spa buildings, including the Royal Pump Room, which now houses the museum documenting Harrogate’s spa heritage.
Today, the pretty spa town continues to have much to offer guests visiting for rest and relaxation. We have already mentioned Betty’s, whilst other attractions include the Grade II listed Valley Gardens, Harrogate Beer Tours, or head to the theatre at Royal Hall. Head a little outside the town itself and there’s an abundance of beautiful countryside and smaller villages to explore as well. The medieval village of Ripon is one of the most enchanting - the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey (founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine monks and destroyed by Henry VIII) and Studley Royal Water Garden. There’s also Ripon Cathedral, which is believed to be a source of inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
Harrogate’s spa hotels reflect the combination of heritage and hospitality that the area is known for. Offering guests a variety of options to choose from, whether you’re looking for a great spa deal to enjoy a little leisure while you explore the area, or whether you want to go all out on a romantic break at the likes of Rudding Park country estate.