Harrogate Third Most Romantic Destination – In The World!
12th February 2014
The small North Yorkshire town of Harrogate has been voted the third most romantic destination in the world, beating Paris, Vienna and Rome.
London and Reykjavik took the top two spots in a Top Ten list by Secret Escapes from its database of 3 million users.
Harrogate had twice the number of bookings than Paris. The top performing hotels were The Majestic, The Old Swan and The Balmoral.
Angela Harris, Director of Visit Harrogate, said: “Although we were a bit taken aback to beat Paris, when you look at the ingredients the Harrogate District offers, it’s really not that surprising. It is an incredibly romantic destination.”
Harrogate is famed for its boutique shops, stylish restaurants and world famous Turkish Baths.
The aristocratic and the fashionable used to flock to 19th century Harrogate to take the waters, enjoy the elegant regency buildings and extensive gardens. The town features the grand Royal Hall with Edwardian hotels, with RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, and a 220-acre Stray protected by Royal decree.
Agatha Christie was famously found in the ballroom of the Old Swan Hotel when she disappeared in 1926 and fled to the town. Charles Dickens was also a regular visitor.
Angela added: “There’s an elegant romance to Harrogate. We regularly win Britain in Bloom. In springtime, the displays of blossom trees on the Stray are popular wedding photo backdrops.”
Harrogate is also considered the ‘Jewel of the North’ as a gateway to the Dales.
Angela added: “The Harrogate District is fantastically diverse; Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens is a World Heritage Site that offers the historic romance of the Cistercian Abbey and medieval deer park. It’s a popular spot for wedding proposals. Then there’s Rudding Park, voted the best Hotel in the UK, which is a luxurious honeymoon destination. I challenge anyone to contest that Knaresborough has one of the most romantic views in the world overlooking its river and castle.
“Rural romance can be easily found in the really beautiful Nidderdale which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the reservoirs, such as Thruscross, with its haunting submerged village and pre-historic landscape, the heather-clad moors, the rural charm of Pateley Bridge, and a wealth of cosy pubs and tearooms.”
There may be something in the later of this North Yorkshire Spa Town.
The Secret Escapes survey found that Scandinavian cities have also seen increasing numbers of bookings, with Gothenburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen all making it into the top ten.