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11 best things to do in Harrogate

Famous for its cream teas and Turkish baths, Harrogate is England's classic spa town with quaint streets, historic houses, landscaped gardens and so many fun things to do. In Harrogate, life is slow-paced and serene—you can see why famous crime writer Agatha Christie hunkered down here incognito in 1926 after her marriage broke down. Alongside the genteel prettiness and relaxing baths the town is full of great independent shops, glorious antique stores and top-class cosy pubs serving excellent beer, all surrounded by rolling green hills. Just 40 minutes from Leeds and York, or 2 hours and 45 minutes from London, follow in Christie’s footsteps and explore this North Yorkshire haven.      Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

A perfect day in Harrogate

For a gloriously genteel day out, Harrogate has you covered. The North Yorkshire spa town has been a high-society stop-off for centuries, ever since its curative waters put it on the map. Sink into thermal baths, stroll through manicured gardens, dip in and out of art galleries and antiques shops then sit down to afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms – this bastion of bone-china cups and delicate desserts is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Convinced? Here’s an itinerary for the perfect day in Harrogate.  RECOMMENDED: Visit nearby York, Leeds and Haworth.