Harrogate is a town in Yorkshire, 13 miles to the North of Leeds, and is one of England's most famous and successful spa towns, as well as a successful conference centre.
Part of the town is 600 feet above sea level, and it is used as a centre for visiting Wharfedale and Nidderdale.
Harrogate's mineral water was discovered in 1571 at Tewit Well, leading to the little town evolving by Victorian times into an elegant resort for rich Victorians.
The indomitable traveller Celia Fiennes, however, referred to "the Smell being so strong and offensive that I could not force my horse near the Well".
There are tree lined streets and gardens, and the large open space known as The Stray takes up a large part of the town centre.The Royal Pump Room was built in 1842, and the Royal Baths Assembly Rooms dates from 1897.
The Harlow Carr Trial Gardens are run by the Royal Horticultural Society.
When Agatha Christie disappeared in 1926, claiming to have lost her memory, she was discovered at The Old Swan Hotel, using the name of her husband's mistress.
Sir Edward Hulton, publisher of "Picture Post" and "Eagle", was born in Harrogate.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Harrogate for groups.