13 Oct 16
Harrogate: Agatha Christie’s spa town
The historical spa town found prominence in the 18th century when its sulphur springs were discovered. It became a hotspot for wealthy visitors, with the rich and famous coming to bathe in the mineral-rich waters.
Agatha Christie found her home here when she went missing for 11 days in 1926. Sparking one of the biggest manhunts to date, she saw a poster for Harrogate and hopped on a train from London. Why she went missing is still a mystery – much like her famed stories. But it is known that she blended in well in the fashionable town, attending balls and dances, before she was found.
The town is known for its luxurious gardens, including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Harlow Carr. One of only four RHS gardens, this is where the sulphur springs were first discovered. Its bathhouse, built in 1944, now houses a garden study centre, including the Lindley Library. It’s only a 20 minute bus ride from Hotel du Vin Harrogate.
For something a little closer, the Mercer Art Gallery is less than half a mile away from the hotel. Here you’ll find around 2000 works of art comprising Harrogate’s fine art collection, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection is rotated throughout the year, ensuring each visit presents a unique and exciting experience. The gallery also hosts touring exhibitions throughout the year, making it a prime attraction for all art lovers. What’s more, entrance is free!
This small town also boasts no less than four golf courses, and more within a short travelling distance. Closest to the Hotel du Vin is Oakdale Golf Club, just a mile away. Despite being set centrally in the town, the course is peaceful and rural. An initial 9-hole course was designed in 1914 by Dr Alister McKenzie, legendary golf course architect. This was extended to 18 holes, with further modifications over the years, ensuring this course stays fresh and exciting.
Walking tours are a great way to get a feel for any town, and Harrogate provides a unique offering. The town has devised a 2 mile walking tour with a mystery theme – dubbed “Cluedo on foot” by the tourist board. The self-guided tour can be taken at your own pace, with the mystery theme keeping it entertaining for all.
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