Mercer Art Gallery
When the skies look dreary and the streets are soaking wet then there is no way to pass a bit of time and enjoy a spot of culture than to head to an art gallery. The Mercer Art Gallery in the Harrogate district is arguably the areas finest display of such works, being home to around two thousand pieces. The collection consists mainly of work from the 19th and 20th centuries and includes work from artists such as William Powell Frith, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Atkinson Grimshaw and Dame Laura Knight. You’ll find a variety of different pieces that range from paintings, to sculptures, photography and crafts too. The best thing about it is that entry is absolutely free too.
Ripon Cathedral is a place of great historic significance in the area and on visiting this amazing cathedral you’ll be able to learn about the buildings nine hundred years of history. Creep down into its ancient crypt and learn about the past of this beguiling cathedral city as well as an incredible 1350 years of worship at this very site. You’ll find that Ripon Cathedral also has music entwined with its history meaning you can visit one of its regular choral events that takes place here, the organ has been recently refurbished to so you really get to hear this music in all its intended glory.
When the rain starts to fall then why get yourself flustered about what to do? Simply lean back and relax at one of Harrogate’s many spa experiences and all those worries will wash away. The area has a rich tradition when it comes to self-pampering that has been going for over 200 years. Wealthy Victorians would travel from near and far to be rejuvenated by the area’s natural springs. Today you will still find plenty of great places to refresh and restore yourself through a great spa experience. You can take part in state-of-the-art modern techniques and treatments or instead stick to tried and tested traditional methods. If it’s the latter you’d prefer then you can’t go wrong by visiting the restored Victorian Turkish Baths where you will find stunning Moorish architecture as well as beautiful Italian mosaics, not to mention an extremely relaxing experience too.
Yorkshire is well known for its tea and any Englishman worth his salt will tell you that a fine cup of Yorkshire Tea cannot be beaten. Well if that is the case then there’s no place that is better to enjoy a fine cup of it with a lovingly made sandwich or a carefully prepared cake than here in Harrogate. Here you will find some of the finest tea houses in the country that serve some of the best cups of tea too, and to say that somewhere has the best tea in England is no light matter. Try Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate if you’re looking for one of the most iconic afternoon teas experiences you’ll ever experience.