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1. Castle Howard

Castle Howard offers the visitor huge variety. An adventure playground keeps kids entertained and there are six unique shops selling food, books, gifts and plants and a cafe/restaurant. Numerous events and concerts take place throughout the year, and the 1000 acre gardens are stunning whatever the season. The house's dramatic spaces are filled with magnificent collections gathered by successive generations of the Howard family, whose many and various stories are told by friendly guides.

2. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens. Explore over 800 acres of beautiful countryside with ten historic buildings including the dramatic ruins of the 12th-century Cistercian Abbey, garden temples, follies and statues and an Elizabethan mansion. Studley Royal Water Gardens are a delight - huge in scope and influenced by the work of Queen Anne's gardeners.

3. Harrogate Turkish Baths and Health Spa

The beautiful Moorish style interior of the Royal Baths and the Turkish Baths and Health Spa have been fully restored to their late Victorian grandeur. In the Steam Room, high humidity, made gently fragrant with cleansing Eucalyptus, opens pores, penetrates the respiratory system and eases tense muscles. Allow two hours for the full treatment including a session in the steam room, plunge pool, hot and warm chambers and Frigidarium.

4. The Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

Visit the strongest sulphur wells in Europe at the Royal Pump Room Museum, where over 15,000 people used to come every summer. Don't forget to taste the water for yourself! You can also discover Harrogate's connection to Russian royalty and what politicians and famous writers of the 19th and 20th century thought of their visits. The Royal Pump Room Museum also displays an exhibition of Victorian Life. Experience how Victorians used to live and explore the range of activities for children.

5. The Great Yorkshire Show (annual)

This three-day countryside showcase takes place in early July at the 250 acre site on the edge of the town. The picturesque Crimple Valley is the perfect setting for an event that combines entertainment and fun with the opportunity to see first hand the many aspects of country life and farming. The Main Ring is the hub of the show and within the packed programme there's everything from international show jumping to pole climbing, from marching bands to the cattle parade.

6. Brimham Rocks

The curious rock formations at Brimham in Nidderdale are scattered over some 50 acres on Brimham Moor and provide a great variety of weird and wonderful shapes. Many of the gritty monstrosities suggest all manner of things, including elephants, hippos, bears, mushrooms and some are said to have associations with druids, the local figure of Mother Shipton and even the Devil himself.

7. Mother Shipton’s Cave and the Petrifying Well

Mother Shipton was perhaps England’s most famous Prophetess. She lived some 500 years ago during the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I and visions became know throughout the country. The Cave, her legendary birthplace is near to the famous Petrifying Well. Over the years many people have left objects hanging in the water dripping down it's sides, which due to a process of calcification have seemingly turned into solid stone!

8. Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens, Harrogate

The Royal Horticultural Society's Botanical Gardens at Harlow Carr, is one of Yorkshire's most relaxing and surprising gardens. It's a beautiful informal garden, dominated by water, stone and woodland, and is very much part of the surrounding Yorkshire landscape. Harlow Carr seeks to push the boundaries of design and planting styles. Careful gardening techniques ensure that flourishing wildlife can also be enjoyed during your visit.

9. Harrogate Theatre

Harrogate Theatre opened on the 11th of January 1900 with a charity gala in aid of British soldiers fighting the Boer War in South Africa. It has recently undergone a major programme of refurbishment to bring the theatre back to it's former glory, with many original features restored. Today, Harrogate Theatre presents a vibrant mixture of plays both old and new, music and comedy.

10. Betty’s Tea Rooms, Harrogate

Have a nice cup of tea and a sit down at Betty’s Tea Rooms, Harrogate. Customers are greeted by a tempting array of delicious Yorkshire and continental confections in the shop, and an elegant Cafe Tea Room serves teas and meals in the traditional English style.
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