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Child Friendly Places Around Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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Mother of Dragons's Guide to Harrogate, North Yorkshire
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Located just a stone's throw from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Victorian spa town of Harrogate is a heaven for tourists of all shapes and sizes.

The original Victorian Turkish Baths is still operational and open to the public, and so history lovers and spa lovers alike are spoiled for choice during any visit to Harrogate. Any ramblers visiting the area could also do a lot worse than to end there trip with a short visit here.

Among the town's more famous visitors was Agatha Christie, who was discovered in a local hotel after a short disappearance and a major manhunt in 1926. Whatever she was trying to get away from, she is in good company, as Harrogate remains a popular tourist destination to this day. As well as having some of the UK's most beautiful countryside right on its doorstep, Harrogate is also a shopper's haven, and one of the top destinations well-heeled locals would choose to come and splash a bit of cash. The result is a vast array of boutiques of various kinds - more than enough for a happy afternoon's browsing.

Consistently voted one of the best places to live in the UK, Harrogate is known within Yorkshire as one corner of the "Golden Triangle" - the others being Leeds and York. Originally coined by estate agents trying to explain rocketing house prices, the phrase has in recent times taken on a broader meaning and now more or less simply refers to the posher bits of North Yorkshire. Eating, drinking and sleeping in Harrogate is likely to reflect this reality, but it's a beautiful town, and well worth it.

There is plenty to keep children occupied in the area, from stately homes and gardens to picnic spots and adventure playgrounds.

If you have more venues to suggest then let us know. We love adding new places to the site!

Mother of Dragons - our Harrogate, North Yorkshire Blogger.
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I'm a SAHM to one beautiful little boy and for the time being a hobby-blogger about all things North East. Because everyone needs something to keep them occupied during nap-times.

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Holgate Windmill - by Mother of Dragons
Holgate Windmill is a beautiful and fascinating building preserved through the hard work of a group of volunteers, and for any curious toddler the idea of being allowed to climb about inside what is essentially an enormous machine is great entertainment. So we headed over to take a look.

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The Sidings - by Mother of Dragons
A restaurant in a location which overlooks railway lines, featuring several tables set within disused railway carriages is surely a paradise for any train lover. Welcome to The Sidings Mediterranean Bar and Restaurant in Shipton, just outside York.

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The Deep - by Mother of Dragons
Now that autumn is here, we find ourselves increasingly looking for days out which don't rely on sunny weather. It's the ideal time of year to visit an aquarium - and as aquariums go, it doesn't get much better than the ...

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York Boat - by Mother of Dragons
For a fresh perspective on our beautiful city, we took a trip on the York Boat. Because a cruise on the Ouse is hard to refuse....

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park - by Mother of Dragons
Our toddler knows a lot about jungle animals, but mostly from watching Rara the Noisy Lion. We decided that it was high time we took him to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to meet the real thing....

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Murton Park - by Mother of Dragons
Just outside York, Murton Park is home to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Derwent Valley Light Railway. We took our toddler there to try and decide once and for all which is better - tractors or trains?...

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Stockeld Park - by Mother of Dragons
For a family day out with a twist, we took a trip to the enchanted forest at Stockeld Park....

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Some of our favourite venues around Harrogate, North Yorkshire

About half an hour's drive from Harrogate is Newby Hall, an eighteenth-century mansion designed by Christopher Wren. With 25 acres of gardens, a boating lake, an adventure playground and a miniature railway it is a paradise for young children, and pretty nice for adults too.

Stockeld Park is day out with a difference, with acres of outdoor play space and an enchanted forest to explore.

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Some child-friendly places to stay around Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Travelodge - Bradford (15 miles)
children and families at Travelodge - Bradford
Located just 1 mile from Pudsey train station and 8 miles from Leeds Bradford Airport, Bradford Hotel is great accommodation close to various transport links....

Travelodge - Leeds Colton (14.59 miles)
children and families at Travelodge - Leeds Colton
Outside the city itself, Leeds Colton Hotel offers a quiet place to stay with plenty of opportunities to visit the surrounding area. Leeds itself is only 4.5...

Travelodge - York Tadcaster (15.32 miles)
children and families at Travelodge - York Tadcaster
Located just 7 miles from York train station and 19 miles from Leeds Bradford Airport, York Tadcaster Hotel has is a great starting point for all your adventures in the area....


Some child-friendly days out around Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Brimham Rocks (8.25 miles)
children and families at Brimham Rocks
Dramatic moorland rock formations...

Marmion Tower (14.5 miles)
children and families at Marmion Tower
The fine 15th-century gatehouse of a vanished riverside manor house, with a beautiful oriel window. The monuments of the manor's Marmion family owners grace the adjacent church....

Aldborough Roman Site (9.45 miles)
children and families at Aldborough Roman Site
For an interesting day out visit Aldborough Roman site among the northern most urban centres in the Roman Empire....

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