Hey guys! Last week, we had a lovely get away to Harrogate for a few days. Harrogate is a town in North Yorkshire which is about an hour and a half away from Hull. There are some awesome things to do around there such as Harlow Carr, some beautiful gardens which the public can wander around, the Royal Pump Room museum, discussing the history of Harrogate and Spofforth Castle, the interesting ruins of a fortified medieval manor. We had a lovely time there and we’d love to return some day! So in today’s post, I’ll inform you about my holiday in Harrogate.
DAY 1: MONDAY 27 MAY 2019
We drove up to Harrogate in the morning and we decided to stop for lunch in Spofforth. Spofforth is a gorgeous, rural village near Harrogate and it’s home to some intriguing remains of a fortified manor, otherwise known as Spofforth Castle. We explored the ruins before having our lunch and much like with other castle ruins we’ve visited before, it was fascinating to see all the individual rooms and try to piece together what their function was. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m in love with castles, churches, cathedrals and basically any other old buildings so I really was in my element whilst I was wandering around the ruins.
After we’d eaten a lovely picnic out in the sunshine, we headed for Harlow Carr, a stunning, public garden on the outskirts of Harrogate. It was filled with beautiful plants, amazing flowers and it just generally felt alive with nature. We enjoyed strolling around the garden, admiring its immense beauty. Me and my sister also took the opportunity to pose with the plants and I think that we took some pretty great shots. I would have to say that my favourite part was the Japanese style part of the garden as it was just breath taking and it contained my favourite flower tulips.
We finished off our day with a nice tea at Ask Italian. I ordered a mocktail to drink of course as I’m slightly obsessed with them and me and my sister shared a pepperoni pizza and had a side of fries each – delicious!
DAY 2: TUESDAY 28 MAY 2019
We started off our second day by visiting the Royal Pump Room Museum where we learnt about the heritage of Harrogate. It was formerly a spa water pump house and you can actually climb down to where the chemicals that were used in spa and medical treatments were pumped from. In the old days, they believed that sulphur was really good for you and so this was one of the locations where it was pumped from so they could drink it. People would travel from far and wide to drink the sulphur water as it was so highly spoken of and was believed to have medicinal properties. You can still drink the water from the pump now although it’s advised that you don’t. There was also an exhibit featuring different wedding dresses and my favourite one had a fitted bodice and a long, flowing train with flowers adorned on it.
After that, we walked over to the Valley Gardens and had a short wander through them. I loved the stone pillars with vines intertwined around them and the checked wooden shaft overhead which had more vines and pretty purple flowers laced through it as it really added character to the gardens. Me and Eloise captured some photos while my parents had a rest before we decided to move on and further explore Harrogate.
We meandered round the shopping part of Harrogate for most of the afternoon and picked up a few items. About mid-afternoon, we decided to go for a cake in Betty’s, a posh tearoom which can only be found in limited locations in the UK. I chose to have a passion fruit and chocolate bombe, a dark chocolate mousse with a passion fruit centre on a chocolate macaroon base. It was so delicious and the tangy flavour of the passion fruit intermingled perfectly with the sweet taste of the chocolate. I’m really glad that we decided to try Betty’s as we all really enjoyed the food we ate there.
We finished our day off with tea at Nando’s. I enjoyed a delicious chicken wrap with chips and a sprite to accompany it.
Thank you for reading this post! Have you been on holiday recently? Let me know in the comments! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull