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A magnificent Victorian spa town in the English county of North Yorkshire, Harrogate is a wonderful place to learn English.


The town of Harrogate developed as a popular spa resort in the 18th Century, when the rich and famous people of Georgian society came to take the waters. It is also home to the famous Betty’s Tea Room, a Yorkshire institution that was founded in Harrogate in 1919 and has branches all across the country. And it’s the place where the mystery of writer Agatha Christie’s disappearance in 1926 was finally solved!

According to one survey, Harrogate is the happiest place to live in Britain. The survey asked 24,000 people how they feel about where they live and the spa town topped the polls in 2015 for the third year in a row. The participants rated their area based on 12 factors, including how safe they felt, neighbourliness, recreational facilities, living costs, sense of community, feeling of contentment and how proud they were of the place they called home.

There are a lot of things to love about Harrogate, whether you like shopping, the great outdoors or good food. The city is filled with beautiful ancient monuments as well as lovely walking tracks, bridle paths and cycle routes. You can ride the longest roller coaster in Britain at Lightwater Valley, hire a boat and glide across the River Nidd at Knaresborough, scramble through How Stean Gorge or trek with llamas!

With so much to enjoy, it soon becomes clear why Harrogate was voted Happiest Place in Britain.

Explore beautiful Harrogate as you study English in Britain

Most things to do in Harrogate are within easy walking distance of each other, so you can explore the city’s main attractions in a short time on foot. Check out the Royal Pump Room Museum, which has a fascinating display of photographs and items from the town’s history as a spa destination, as well as an interesting collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts.

Another amazing Harrogate experience is a visit to the restored Turkish baths. You can relax in the eucalyptus infused sauna and lie back to admire the Islamic arches, ornate ceilings and glazed tiles.

If you love to shop, you’ll want to take a stroll along Parliament Street, which is home to many unique and intriguing independent shops.

Of course, having tea at Betty’s Tea Room is a quintessential Harrogate experience. Enjoy the full British afternoon tea experience, including vanilla slides, macaroons and finger sandwiches served on gleaming silver cake stands with a pot of high quality tea, all with impeccable service.

Popular student day trips from Harrogate

Ripley Castle, a 15th century castle and stately home, is an easy day trip from Harrogate. The entry fee to the castle includes a tour as well as access to the beautiful floral gardens and the ornamental lake. While you are there you can also take a walk around the picturesque village of Ripley itself. Your IALC English language school organises regular group trips to the historic city of York and Whitby, Dracula’s famous landing point in England!

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