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Editors note: Pam and Bart Selwood spend quite a bit of time back in Pam's hometown. She has devoted much time and energy running down places to visit and some great background information. Be sure to visit her other page, "Travel Tips".

Special for 50th Anniversary visitors
By Pam Selwood

There are more things to do in Yorkshire than one can ever have time for on a trip over there.

Public transport is excellent by bus or train to most places.There are large taxi's called people mover's, and then split the cost with everyone else.The Bus station and Railway Station are both close together on Station Parade in centre of town. People mover's would need some advance notice, as well as number of passengers.

Some suggestions:
Harrogate in itself has lot's of things to do and much to reacquaint. The Valley garden's haven't changed much and it's a good leisurely walk thru them, fabulous landscaping, check out the greenhouses, the pond. Some fab.food at pubs/restaurants in town now, for years it was go to the villages on the outskirts. Check out the Olde Swan Hotel foyer, where Agatha Christie did her famous disappearing act for a few days.  

(Buses go by zones, depending on distance. Zones and prices go up with further distances.)

Knaresborough -- ask for ZONE 1, it is an on-and-off all day ticket for £3.30p return, and it's about 3 miles away, 15 minutes by bus. Try to have the correct fare ready when getting on a bus. Otherwise you'll hold things up and look like a tourist!

Knaresborough is the quintessentially typical market town and open air market day is still Weds. The high street, market square and castle ruins all level walking distance, as well as views down to the River Nidd. Some steep steps down to the river, but access via one of the bridges is easier. Mother Shipton's Cave and petrified objects, she was a seer. Lot's of pubs and pub grub and a tea room.

York, could be a whole day or 3 days. Only 20 miles away by train or bus. I am told the bus gets one closer than the train station to the city centre, but is busier because of free bus passes for OAP's.York has the National Railway Museum, York Minster, is fabulous.The Roman ruins, then deeper still, the Jorvik (Viking) Centre, a neat boat ride under York with all the sounds and smells.The Shambles is a must,  then the old walls can be walked whilst looking down into the town and descending for points of interest. Some of Braveheart was shot there. There is now a York Eye, like the London Eye with spectacular views no doubt. Much more to do. By Bus £6.50p.return. X54, Harrogate bus station, Mon - Sat. 9.17 a.m.arrive York rail station 10.09a.m. or York Piccadilly 10.17a.m.Then every 3 hours from Harrogate.

Trains and passes

Ripley Castle
The closest stately home is Ripley Castle, nestled in a small Yorkshire Village. Only a few miles from Harrogate off the Ripon Road. If enough interest could pre-book for group tour. www.ripleycastle.co.uk   Easter to Sept. castle tours on the hour starting at 10a.m.to 3 p.m.
Gardens open all year. Castle tour plus gardens - adults £8, concessions £7.50 Groups of 20+ £7 - to be pre booked. Gardens - adult £5.50, concessions £5.00

Market day is 3 days a week. Skipton Castle is one of the best intact Castles in England. Bus travel Harrogate to Skipton is £6.50 day return (round trip) Buses leave 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 a.m. Travel time is just under an hour. Check out the canal trips at www.canaltrips.co.uk.  One-hour trips £6.60 - run throughout the day. If planning a trip to Skipton also check out the narrow boats www.penninecruisers.com, 30 min. trip £3 runs throughout the day.
The Royal Hall
www.royalhall.co.uk. A friend spoke to the guy who organises events etc. He said no availability of tours till 16th Sept. as functions or shows until then.
If anyone in 13th ever went to a concert or show it was probably here, just opposite the George Hotel, town centre, walking distance. Recently restored after years of hard work to its former glory. Can organise a group tour if enough interest for Thursday 16th Sept.

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds
has had some interest in this lately. www.royalarmouries.org/visit-us/leeds It is at the Clarence Dock and a 10 minute walk from Bus Station and 20 Minute walk from Rail Station. Open Daily 10a.m.- 5p.m. Admission is free but some events chargeable. I would suggest if enough interest a group tour might work and use a People Mover to get you there.

Harewood House
The second closest stately home is part way to Leeds. Google "Harewood House UK". It is how one would imagine one of those places belonging to a Duke and Duchess, the artwork, furniture, architecture etc. Most run off public funds and admission these days to preserve their estates for history. Could be possible to do both in same day."Brideshead Revisited" was filmed at Castle Howard which is 15 miles N.E. of York, longer haul.

Countryside Amble
Tony and family intend to catch a bus to Spofforth and then walk to the Scott's Arms in Sicklinghall, a great pub, no date so far, about 1.5 kilometres each way, or for those not wanting to do the walk just go to the  pub. The Scott's arms might need numbers if enough interest.

Pateley Bridge
It used to be a popular place for those at Menwith to live. Small town and walks by the river. Harrogate bus station £6 day return, runs hourly takes 50 mins from bus station.

Harlow Carr Gardens
Click on www.rhs.co.uk
 then click Harlow Carr, is up Otley Road just a short ride out of town for anyone interested in horticulture. Also has a Betty's Tea room there besides the one in town on corner of Parliament Street and Montpellier.

Betty's Tea Room
It's a very famous tea room in Harrogate. I won't go to Betty's tearoom as it is very expensive and I refuse to stand in line (queue) for a cup of tea and a toasted teacake. Instead we drool at the baked goods thru the window, buy a couple of loaves to take back and go to a place that does the same at half the price. 

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
It's near Ripon. www.fountainsabbey.org.uk/  The ruins at one end of the 800 acre world heritage site and Studley Royal at the other end, with the huge protected deer park.One of our favourites and my kids places to visit when Grandma and Granddad came to stay in Harrogate, years ago.

Other places
Last but not least:  Ripon, think Market day is still Thursday, the Cathedral, and much to do. In the late seventies and early eighties their Town Crier was an American working on base. He loved that job.   Bolton Abbey and the ruins, really in the Yorkshire Dales by then, river and much to explore. The Bronte sisters and Haworth, a longer trek. The cobbled streets, the parsonage where Emily, Charlotte and Anne gave us classics to read for years. The Worth valley railway runs to Haworth from Keighley and Oxenhope. 5 mile trip on a steam train, www.kwvr.co.uk  Ilkley of course is great and where the Yorkshire National Anthem comes from! (as well as our e-mail address) The cow and calf rocks, the journey, and the town.

Hope this gives some perspective, 

Pam Selwood.

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