After we had breakfast at Betty's, I had a wander around the gardens whilst my parents did a bit of shopping before we returned to the hotel and get ready for the graduation ceremony.
I enjoyed having a brief wander around the green space/gardens which are near the historic Montpellier Quarter.
Foundations for this church were first laid in April 1870 and was designed by a 'Mr.Hirst' from Bristol.It consists of a nave of five bays,70 ft in length by 27 ft in breadth,with north and south aisle,each 15 ft wide.A tower bearing a spire is situated at the west end of the south aisle.The first Rev. of the church was L.F.W.Foote appointed in 1870.The church has a ring of eight bells in the tower which were cast by 'John Taylor' of Loughborough,they achieved a certain notoriety when they became the first tower in the United Kingdom to have an injunction made on the bells for an offence of noise pollution.
These gardens which include the Queen Victoria monument and Bandstand were erected in 1887 and are located in the town centre of Harrogate,opposite the railway station and provide visitors to the town a small oasis in which to relax and enjoy seasonal floral displays and the occasional brass band concert.The four storey Victoria Shopping centre stands behind the gardens and is also popular with both locals and visitors.
This district of the town centre is were you will find Harrogate's nightlife,also local popular shops and tea rooms,including 'Betty's Tea Rooms' which are regionally renowned.They are owned by 'Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate'-the same company that makes 'Yorkshire Tea'.
You will also find the 'Mercer Art Gallery' here,home to the districts art collection with over 2000 works of art mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries.The area does have a French flair to it with its European style buildings and boutiques and cafe's.Well worth a visit.
Crescent Gardens is a small open area in Central Harrogate surrounded by some of the town's main tourist attractions including the Royal Pump Room,Royal Baths and Royal Hall,as well as the Town Hall.There are plenty of lawns and flower beds that bloom in the summer,its the perfect place to sit and people watch or have lunch or rest stop.There is a pay and display car park within the gardens.
This complex hosts conferences, exhibitions and entertainment. The main auditorium holds up to 2,000 seats and there is the Edwardian Royal Hall that holds 1,000 seats. The Queen Suite offers an abundance of space and can be divided up to 10 individual rooms.
I attended my graduation ceremony for my diploma at HIC in March 2012. I achieved my Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities with the Open University in July 2011. It was a wonderful day to celebrate the hard work that went towards my diploma and has motivated me to complete my degree and overall University studies.
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The English Heritage Grade II Listed Valley Gardens along with woodland known as The Pinewoods cover an area of 17 acres. The gardens contain more mineral springs than anywhere else.
The gardens are a delight to walk round, they also contain historic buildings such as the Sun Pavilion and Colonnades. They are open 24 hours a day all year and entry is free.
Have a stroll around the Valley Gardens... Source of Old Sulphur water Springs, Interesting flowers & plants, Childrens play area and paddling pool, model boat pool, 4 tennis courts, pitch & putt course, Cafe to have a cup of tea/ice cream...
The valley gardens have been part of Harrogate for many years are beautifully laid out. well worth a visit for the trees and flowers.
The royal pump rooms were opened in 1842, are now a museum telling the story of how Harrogate became a spa town.
Set in an classic 'Old Town Theatre' atmosphere.
Always has a varied & interesting program of plays to watch. Renowned for the Xmas pantomime (not to be missed!)
Support your local theatre...
The Royal Pump Room Museum shows an interesting insight into the heritage of being a 'Spa Town'.
Taste the foul 'Sulphur Water' .... if you dare!