If you are not familiar with Harrogate and North Yorkshire we hope that our wedding gives you an opportunity to rectify that at some point during your visit. Harrogate is one of the most beautiful towns in the UK. Besides the great independent shops and restaurants in the town centre, or a walk along The Stray, here are just some of our favourite places that we would recommend to anyone to visit.
RHS Harlow Carr and Betty's
Harlow Carr is a stunning 58 acre garden situated on the outskirts of Harrogate. It is a 40 minute walk, or a short drive, away from The Majestic. Harlow Carr is one of only five public gardens in the country run by the Royal Horticultural Society. You can gain ideas for your own borders, or simply relax with family and friends on a leisurely stroll. During your trip to the gardens you can also enjoy treats at the lesser known (but just as good) Harlow Carr branch of Betty’s Café Tea Room and also browse the extensive range of plants and gifts in the garden centre.
The Valley Gardens are a short walk away from The Majestic. The gardens are open all year round, 24 hours a day, and with a number of different areas and garden styles make a relaxing and captivating place to explore. For music lovers, band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. There is a wide variety of outdoor games such as tennis courts, pitch & putt golf course, crazy golf, boating pool, paddling pool and a children's play area.
Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms
Betty's town centre branch in Harrogate is very famous. If Betty's is the home of afternoon tea, this is their palace. Whilst Betty's don't usually take bookings for their other cafes or restaurants, you can beat the queues and make a reservation for afternoon tea in the Imperial Room at the town centre branch via their website. The store itself is always worth a visit too, especially if you likes cakes and chocolate.
With a short 20 minute drive from The Majestic you can visit this World Heritage site. From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts.
Brimham Rocks is an amazing collection of natural rock formations in North Yorkshire, managed by the National Trust. The site is a 20 minute drive away from The Majestic. Brimham Rocks provides an amazing outdoor experience for those looking for the freedom to explore. Whether you’re a walker, a climber, a nature lover, an artist or a family day-tripper there’s plenty to discover. From the spectacular rocks to the panoramic views, Brimham has enchanted visitors for hundreds of years with its unique and magical atmosphere.
The Black Sheep Brewery, Masham
Fans of beer and good food should seriously consider a visit to the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. Masham is in the Yorkshire Dales and a 35 minute drive from the reception venue. As part of immersing yourself in the world of Black Sheep, you can enjoy home cooked food, tours around the historic brewery, an opportunity to buy some merchandise from the Sheepy Shop and of course, enjoy a range of freshly served beers in the bar. We seriously recommend the Sunday lunch offering.