In between our 2 visits to York we had already decided to go to Harrogate. Harrogate is an elegant spa town about 20 miles west of York, and it has a rich history as such.
We parked a little way before the town centre, paid our £2.80 for 2 hours, and walked in, keeping an eye on the time as we went. There are numerous beautiful buildings and grand streets and hotels. These were built for the hordes of wealthy Victorians, although it has been a spa town for much longer than that.
You can visit the Pump House museum for just a few pounds each, and it’s a very interesting visit, dealing with the growth of the town as a popular spa. There are almost 100 thermal springs in the area, each of them providing different health benefits.