Harrogate is a traditional spa town in Yorkshire, famous for its history as a destination of British elites looking to be healed by its springs, especially in the 17th and 18th centuries.
High property prices and a strong economy are strengths of Harrogate. Many residents commute into Leeds and Bradford, but those who don't probably work in the conference and exhibition industry, as Harrogate International Centre is one of the largest exhibition centres in Europe. As a bonus, business visitors to exhibitions support the thriving hotel business in Harrogate.
There are outstanding train links into Leeds, which offer nonstop services at peak times for the hordes of commuters into the city.
The town centre has a traditional English feel and hosts a wide selection of annual festivals. The Turkish Baths and Spa are still visited for their healing qualities. The surrounding area features a plethora of gardens and stately homes to visit and the Yorkshire Dales, ready for outdoor pursuits.
Famous Betty's Café Tea Rooms started in Harrogate; the city was home to the original tea rooms. Although they have since moved to a new location, you can still experience the quintessential English afternoon tea at Betty's.