12 Jul Facts You Didn’t Know About Harrogate
With great links to local cities Leeds, Manchester and even London, Harrogate is a destination in the north of the country with the best of both worlds. The beautiful Yorkshire countryside sits right on its doorstep, a stone’s throw away from the breath-taking Yorkshire Dales.
– Mother Shipton’s cave, near Harrogate, is England’s oldest tourist attraction, and was once home to a prophetess named Mother Shipton. She foretold such events as the Great Fire of London, the defeat of the Spanish Armada as well as the end of the world!
– Harrogate hosted the Eurovision song contest in 1982 in the newly opened conference centre. Sally Ann Triplett and Stephen Fischer performed One Step Further under the name Bardo, finishing 7th in the competition.
– Charles Dickens visited Harrogate in 1858 and described it as €œthe queerest place with the strangest people in it leading the oddest lives … € We’ll let you form your own opinion …!
– The country’s last, fully working Turkish Bath remains in Harrogate, dating back to the 19th Century.
– Jim Carter (Downton Abbey) is from Harrogate.
– Famous crime novelist Agatha Christie disappeared from her Surrey home in 1926, causing a nationwide search which led to her being found in a Harrogate hotel.
– And finally, did you know we now have a showroom in Harrogate? Situated two minutes from the centre of Harrogate you’ll find us at Baines House, 2A Cheltenham Mount. See some of our lovely showroom images and more info, here!
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