The north Yorkshire town of Harrogate has a beauty whose reputation precedes it. Known as a verdant area scattered with gardens, parks and green spaces, Harrogate has been repeatedly voted ‘the happiest place to live’ in Britain since 2013. It’s also a spa town with local mineral springs and the Turkish Baths and Spa to explore and learn more about their potential health benefits. The district’s historical significance can’t be underplayed, and hotels in Harrogate make a great base for exploring local sites of interest. The 18th-century Harewood House is one of the Treasured Houses of England where visitors can marvel at its art collection, see its Rare Bird Garden and admire its setting of more than 100 acres of beautiful gardens. Ripley Castle, a 14th-century historic attraction, flanks the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A day out there offers guided tours of its flowers, deer garden and magnificent interiors.