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With beautiful countryside to explore and heritage houses and castles to visit, Holly Beck Stables is the perfect base for a romantic or relaxing break or even for conference delegates who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the Conference Centre to this tranquil retreat.

Our cottage enjoys a quiet location in NIDDERDALE – rightly proud of its place within the Dales, is for many the favourite Dale. It truly deserves its status as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, with its stunning moorland scenery and tapestry of lush green meadows. Offering fantastic walking and cycling opportunities, combined with cosy inns and quaint tea shops.

Nearby, the quintessential spa town of HARROGATE boasts a stunning mix of historical architecture, green open spaces and vibrant shops and eateries. Wander across the 200 acre stray. Enjoy Bettys Café Tea Rooms, a local institution, with the windows enticingly filled with breads,cakes and scones make the prospect of lunch or afternoon tea irresistible. Harrogate’s stylish shopping area has a fine selection of independent retailers; browse the antique shops and fashion boutiques. The splendidly restored Royal Baths, its Moorish-style design dates back to the 1890s; is well worth a visit to enjoy a Turkish Bath and spa treatments. Explore the Valley gardens or RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, the Pump Room museum or one of the town’s many art galleries. Then in the evening you may choose a visit to the theatre or drop in on one of the many fantastic restaurants or bars.

One of England’s smallest cities, RIPON is known for its historic buildings and beautiful Cathedral as well as traditional customs such as “setting the watch”. This thousand year old ceremony takes place nightly at 9:00 p.m. with the blowing of the horn in Ripon Market Place. Boats can be hired for a lazy afternoon on the river at KNARESBOROUGH. Old Mother Shipton’s wishing well turning hats to stone is on the Riverside walk there.  Just two miles from Ripley and RIPLEY CASTLE (still bearing the bullet marks of Cromwell’s army) where the Ingilby family have lived for the past 670 years. Ripley has a range of shops including a post office, art gallery, café,  butchers, hotel and bar, provisions shop and famous ice cream shop.

It is only a few miles to FOUNTAINS ABBEY, the STUDLEY ROYAL water gardens and the deer park – now a WORLD HERITAGE SITE.  A little further afield is Rievaulx Abbey, and the Rievaulx Terraces are set in the North Yorkshire National Park. The ancient city of YORK with its wonderful Minister, Medieval streets, walls and river cruises would make a brilliant day out. NEWBY HALL, its famous house and gardens; And do not miss HAREWOOD HOUSE‘s treasures and CASTLE HOWARD where ‘Brideshead Revisited’ was filmed.

Yorkshire Dales - Local Pubs and Restaurants

The Harrogate area is so well served by all types of cafes and restaurants. Here are a selection, including some of our favourites.

The Station Hotel

Birstwith, HG3 3AG | Tel: 01423 770254

Good quality food. Also takeaway menu.

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The Chequers Inn

Fountains Road, Ripley. | Tel: 01423 771544

Locally sourced food, homecooked meals

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Yorkshire Hussars Inn

Markington, HG3 3NR | Tel: 01765 677715

Good quality food with a traditional atmosphere

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The Sawley Arms

Harrogate, HG4 3EQ | Tel: 01765 620642

A family run traditional pub, near Fountains Abbey

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The George Hotel

Wormald Green, HG3 3PR, | Tel: 01765 676620

One of Yorkshire’s best carvery 7 days a week, set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

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The Guy Fawkes Arms

Scotton HG5 9HU | Tel: 01423 868400

The Guy Fawkes Arms is a welcoming free house country pub in the beautiful village of Scotton

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The Boar's Head Dining Room,Bistro and Castle Tea Rooms

Ripley, HG3 3AY | Tel: 01423 770152

A formal restaurant, bistro and tearoom offering good tasty food - tearoom cakes especially!

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The Joiners Arms

Hampsthwaite, HG3 2EU | Tel: 01423 771673

Lovely traditional pub.

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The Malt Shovel

Brearton, Harrogate, HG3 3BX | Tel: 01423 862929

Good quality food with a seasonal menu

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The Royal Oak

Staveley,HG5 9LD | Tel: 01423 340267

The Royal Oak in Staveley, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, is a beautiful pub with real ales, a great wine list, fantastic food and a wealth of character.

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Bettys Tearooms

Harrogate, Harlow Carr, Ilkley, York and Northallerton | Tel: 0800 456 1919

A trip to Yorkshire wouldn't be complete without visiting these world famous tea rooms. They also serve lunch and dinner and are licensed.

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Le Bistro Pierre

15 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1DQ | Tel: 01423 533070

Good value. Sitting in the heart of the town centre, just a two minute walk from Harrogate theatre and close to the bustling Montpellier shopping district

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The Orchid

Harrogate, HG1 2SE | Tel: 01423 560425

The Orchid opened in Harrogate in 2001 and has since won many awards and accolades, presently holding 2 rosettes - excellent quality pan-Asian cuisine .

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Gianni's Brio

40-42 Kings Road, Harrogate HG1 5JW | Tel: 01423 553953

Good Italian food, great atmosphere

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Stuzzi

Harrogate, HG1 5JW | Tel: 01423 705852

Good Italian, great atmosphere, family run

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Sasso

Harrogate, HG1 1UK | Tel: 01423 508838

Good Italian award winning restaurant offers home made Italian dishes using fresh ingredients

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William and Victoria

Harrogate, HG1 1UK | Tel: 01423 521510

Family run restaurant and wine bar serving traditional British food in the heart of Harrogate

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Drum and Monkey

Harrogate, HG1 2TF | Tel: 01423 502650

The Drum and Monkey has been serving the best in seafood for over forty years. Independently owned and managed.

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Local Attractions in the Yorkshire Dales

What's on in Harrogate

Harrogate Borough Council tourist information.

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Harrogate Theatre

Including The Royal Hall, Harrogate Convension Centre, Harrogate Theatre and Studio Theatre

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The Royal Hall

The Royal Hall is a Grade II* listed Edwardian performance hall and theatre located just on the outskirts of Harrogate Town Centre. With its 1000-seat capacity, spectacular décor and large versatile floor space, the Royal Hall provides a breath-taking setting. Over 100-years-old, the Royal Hall was re-opened by Prince Charles in 2008 following an eight million pound restoration.

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Yorkshire Reservoir Walks

Stunning walks and scenery, cycling routes and fishing

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Turkish Baths and Health Spa

A splendidly restored Royal Baths, its Moorish-style design dates back to the 1890s. Relax and rejuvenate in a truly special place.

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Jazz Yorkshire

For lovers of Jazz.

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Newby Hall

Beautiful house designed by Sir Christopher Wren including interiors produced by Robert Adams and famous local furniture maker Thomas Chippendale. Award winning gardens, Dolls house and Teddy Bear collections, adventure playground, miniture railway, cafe and shops.

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Harewood House

One of the Treasure Houses of England was built in the 18th century and houses art collections to rival the finest in Britain. Rare bird garden, farm experience, over 100 acres of gardens to explore, cafe and shops.

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RHS Harlow Carr

Very much part of the Yorkshire countryside Harlow Carr offers the best in gardening with changes throughout the seasons, childrens playgrounds, well stocked plant sales, an amazing gift shop including an abundence of books, gardening supplies and quality gifts. Betty's Cafe and shop is also on site to indulge in some delicious treats to eat in or take home.

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National Trust – Fountains Abbey

A 12th century Cistercian Abbey, elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park is a World Heritage Site set in 323 hectares (800 acres) of beautiful countryside offering.

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National Trust – Brimham Rocks

Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks and have a great day out at nature's playground offering weird and wonderful rock formations. Enjoyed by families, climbers and those wanting to experience the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent view over Nidderdale.

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Ripon Races

A Day at the Races, Ripon

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Wetherby Races

A Day at the Races, Wetherby

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York Races

A Day at the Races, York

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National Railway Museum, York

The greatest railway museum in the world, offering 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects.

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National Science Media Museum, Bradford

Free entry.

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Royal Armouries, Leeds

Free entry. Stockist of official Game of Thrones merchandice.

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Ripley Castle and Village

Within walking distance of Holly Beck Stables, for the more energetic of you! (path included on the Niddedrdale Way) otherwise take the car, there is a big car park. Ripley Castle (still bearing the bullet marks from Cromwell's army) is where the Ingleby family have lived for the past 670 years. Ripley has a range of shops: post office, hairdressers, art gallery, cafe, gift shop, butchers, hotel bar, bistro and restaurant, provisions shop and famous ice cream shop.

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The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

Considered by many to be a botanical masterpiece, the garden and sculpture park is set in stunningly beautiful woodland; enhanced by peaceful natural springs, lakes and striking contemporary sculptures.

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Just Makers

Best of handmade, mostly created in Yorkshire, for you to buy online. Browse through our wide ranging workshop programme and be inspired to learn or develop a creative skill. You can book and reserve your place online.

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