Harrogate is a pleasant spa town to the south-east of the Yorkshire Dales, famous for its tea shops, flower shows, turkish baths and antique shops etc.
The town is also known for its associations with the great English crime novelist Agatha Christie, who "disappeared" for 11 days in December 1926 and was subsequently found at what is now the Old Swan Hotel.
Nearby attractions include Harewood House, Almscliffe Crag, Ripley Castle, Fountains Abbey, Plumpton Rocks and Knaresborough, as well as Nidderdale, the Washburn Valley and of course, the Yorkshire Dales National Park itself.
Just outside Harrogate is the Great Yorkshire Showground, which serves as the venue for the Great Yorkshire Show - one of the country's largest annual agricultural events which is usually held in July.
As a "one off" event the Eurovision Song Contest was held at the Harrogate Convention Centre here in 1982 following Bucks Fizz's win for the UK in Dublin the previous year.
In July 2014 the eyes of the world were again on Harrogate as the Grand Depart of the Tour de France came through the town not once but twice, and was the scene of an exciting finish on Day One. The town also hosted the UCI Road World Championships in 2019.