Harrogate has long been the more upscale of Yorkshire’s bigger towns and cities. The neighbouring town of Knaresborough is only 5km from the centre of Harrogate and is a quainter alternative with its own charm and unique attractions.
Royal Baths Crescent Road, Harrogate
Tel (01423) 537 300
Open Jan-Mar Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm; Apr-Sep Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-1pm; Oct-Dec Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm
9 Castle Courtyard, Knaresborough
Tel (01423) 866 886
Open Apr-Jun Mon-Sat 10am-1pm & 1.30pm-5pm; Sun 1pm-4pm; Jul-Aug Mon-Sat 10am-1pm & 1.30pm-6pm, Sun 1pm-4pm; Sep Mon-Sat 10am-1pm & 1.30pm-5pm; Sun 1pm-4pm; Oct Mon-Sat 10am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm
National Express (tel 0870 580 8080) coaches run buses from Harrogate to Leeds.
Harrogate & District bus 36 runs frequent services connecting Harrogate with Ripon and Leeds with services at least once every 20 minutes on weekdays and every half hour on Sundays.
The Day Gold ticket is good for one day unlimited travel on Harrogate & District buses in Harrogate and Knaresborough as well as route 36 to Leeds. It costs £6.20.
An Explorer ticket costs £6 and is valid for one day of unlimited travel on all Harrogate and District buses and on Arriva buses between Ripon and Darlington.
Local buses in the Harrogate and Knaresborough area are run by Harrogate & District. Buses 56, 57, 58, 101 and 102 run between Harrogate and Knaresborough. An all day ticket for travel in the central area of Harrogate and Knareborough costs £6.20.
The Royal Baths were built over a sulpher well and the museum depicts the history of the spa and also has a programme of changing exhibits.
Crown Place, Harrogate
Tel (01423) 556 188
Open Jan-Mar Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 2pm-4pm; Apr-Jul Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm; Aug Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12noon-5pm; Sep-Oct Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm; Nov-Dec Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 2pm-4pm
St Robert of Knaresborough is believed to have lived in this 12th century hermit’s cave.
Abbey Road, Knaresborough
Tel (01423) 556 188