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Experience Yorkshire, the land where Champions are made

Experience Yorkshire, the land where Champions are made

Enjoy a true Yorkshire day out while you are here for the UCI Road World Championships and get to know this beautiful part of the World.  The Spa town of Harrogate and the surrounding area are at the very heart of Yorkshire, with almost everything for which Yorkshire is so well known and loved. 

RHS Garden Harlow Carr 

This prestigious garden by the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain is a showcase of gardening and horticulture.  Here you will find many different aspects of gardening including show gardens by prestigious designers, a dramatic herbaceous border, kitchen and vegetable gardens and a delightful scented garden.  RHS Garden Harlow Carr is a day out in itself, with activities and interests for all the family.

During the World Championships, admission to the gardens is via a special rainbow wristband that can be used as many times as you like to come and go.  The gardens also happen to be on the Harrogate finishing circuit and offer refreshments, activities and a place to relax throughout the week of the races.

Beningbrough Hall: Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy

Beningbrough Hall is a stately home to the east of Harrogate and part of a collection of historic buildings run by the National Trust.  The property operates in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery to stage exhibitions throughout the year.  This year the main exhibition is Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy, a collection of portraits around the theme of Yorkshire, its history, its people and the character of personality for which Yorkshire is so well known.

Including portraits of Guy Fawkes, who was nearly successful in his attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament and Jodie Whitaker who recently took on the very british roll of Doctor Who.  Beningbrough Hall is open every day throughout the championships except Monday 23.

Explore Harrogate

Harrogate’s shopping streets and garden parks go the very heart of its identity, along with its long history of international visitors coming to Harrogate for the beautiful surroundings, unique spa waters and delicious refreshments. 

Step away from the race route and explore our beautiful town, the small shopping streets with unique and independent businesses that specialise in their passion, and fantastic cafes and tearooms just waiting to offer you the perfect Yorkshire welcome.

Visit the Mercer Art Gallery to see a major exhibition of William Powell Frith (1819-1909), whose great panoramas of Victorian life made him the most popular painter of his time.

Over 70 works of art have been lent from major national collections, including Tate Britain, the Royal Academy, and HM The Queen.  All are displayed in the stunning setting of the town’s 1806 Promenade Rooms, where Harrogate’s early spa visitors gathered to socialise.

Upper Nidderdale

Explore the natural and manmade wonders of How Stean Gorge and Scar House Reservoir, stretch the legs either with a brisk walk through the amazing Yorkshire countryside, or by riding there and enjoying some of the Yorkshire Roads. 

How Stean Gorge is a beautiful Yorkshire visitor attraction and home of the Glass floored Café, that looks down 25 metres to the fast flowing waters below.  How Stean Gorge also offers adventure activities such as Via Ferrata, Gorge Walking and Caving.  If you prefer they offer delicious coffee and home baked cakes while you watch others partake in the adventures from the comfort of the café.

Scar House reservoir is the very top of Nidderdale, and sits in the natural basin where the River Nidd is born.  This beautiful dam reaches across the valley at a height of over 70 meters, and is a source of Water to the city of Bradford, where the Women Elite Road Race begins on 28 September.

If you are visiting over the weekend with children, then you should also take in Studfold Adventure Trails, where young minds run free in the outdoors and learn as they play.

The Nidderdale Show

Agricultural Shows go to the very heart of the Yorkshire way of life, and one of the most popular shows takes place on Monday 21 in Pateley Bridge.  This show traditionally marks the end of the Agricultural Show season and features all the things you would expect to find at a show.  No visit to Yorkshire is complete without seeing the local community celebrate the place in which they live.  At the Nidderdale Show you will see livestock judging, sheepdog trials, examples of local crafts such dry stone wall building and judging of community activities such as vegetable growing, baking and jam making.

Only by visiting a local show such as the Nidderdale Show can you truly say you have been to Yorkshire!

As well as ample parking for those driving, there is easy access to Pateley Bridge via the incredibly scenic No 24 bus route.  This service will run its normal timetable and is part of the UCI Week Pass from Harrogate Bus!  Please double check where you can get the 24 from in Harrogate as some stops in Harrogate town centre have moved to accommodate the race route.

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