March 2021: Seeing Harrogate quiet and shuttered for the last year has been devastating. Soon, however, it should be kicking back into life. Under the current lockdown easing road map, the reopening of this smart spa town looms tantalizingly on the horizon. From April 12, non-essential shops will be able to re-open and restaurants, bars and pubs will be able to serve food and drink outside, with indoor dining on the cards from May 17. If all goes to plan most restrictions will be lifted by June 21, meaning the city’s bars and cultural venues will be open again by this date. Time to start planning your next day out.
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.
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