Explore Harrogate town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Harrogate's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Harrogate is an elegant North Yorkshire town, with an abundance of fabulous spring bulbs in the Stray. Its claims to fame include hosting the Eurovision song contest in 1982; being voted the happiest place to live in Britain and one of the world’s most romantic destinations; hosting the last working Turkish Baths, and the place where the 2012 Olympic Cauldron was built. In 1858 Charles Dickens described it as ‘the queerest place with the strangest people in it leading the oddest lives..’. Come and make your own minds up!
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1. Valley Gardens to The Royal Pump Room - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Start with a promenade through Valley Gardens, home to wells, springs, a sun pavilion and its colonnades, and beautiful gardens. Pass the Old Swan Hotel and Royal Hall, with strange stories to tell. Visit the town centre, with Victoria Gardens as its oasis. Walk beside Bettys’ famous tea rooms, then Turkish baths and an unusual statue, before arriving at the Royal Pump Room, now a glorious museum to Harrogate’s past.
2. The Royal Pump Room to The Stray - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From the Royal Pump Room, and its majestic museum, past the historic Crown Hotel, you soon reach one end of The Stray, with its criss-crossing of paths. Next it’s Victoria Avenue, a broad thoroughfare which once embraced the divide between High and Low Harrogate, before returning once more to The Stray and its glorious views of open countryside.
Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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"We really enjoyed Curious About Harrogate, although we did get a bit distracted by various shops on the way, so it took a lot longer than the time guide! We especially enjoyed discovering interesting little things and nooks and crannies we didn’t know about before. We’d definitely try another."
Latest Revision : June 2022