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Echoes Of The Past - How History Left Its Mark On Harrogate & District

       If you like a touch of heritage with your holiday then this is the destination for you.

By day you can explore remarkable ruins in glorious locations, well preserved monuments and fortified castles or the elegant stately homes of the landed gentry.

By night you can sleep in grand old hotels which have welcomed illustrious guests over many centuries from Lord Byron to the Beatles, from the Empress of Russia to Agatha Christie. 

Book into a luxurious hotel of yesteryear and enjoy the hospitality once offered to European high society.

Relax in the oak-panelled library or take Afternoon Tea in the elegant lobby under glistening antique chandeliers.

As you imagine the stylish guests of another era, plan your itinerary for the following day. 

Spend the day at the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal where layers of history take you from medieval monks through to 18th century garden design. 

Or try Bolton Abbey deep in the Yorkshire Dales.

With castles aplenty you can uncover ancient stories of politics, power, money and influence whether you enjoy dramatic ruins with stunning views or spectacular buildings which are still inhabited today. 

The Lords and Ladies of the Land loved this beautiful part of North Yorkshire and many built their homes here, using only the very best designers of architecture, landscape and furnishings.

The work of Christopher Wren, Repton and Chippendale, among many others, is all here for visitors to see.

By contrast, you can also discover more about the life of the poor at the Workhouse Museum in Ripon or the local museums in Boroughbridge and Pateley Bridge.

For full immersion in a time gone by, why not visit one of the many village hostelries for a traditional English pub experience, try tea in an stylish old Tea Room or choose a restaurant whose historic building oozes with character as well as good food.

Request a brochure now to start planning your visit to Harrogate, Ripon and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.    

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