Typically English, Harrogate combines the traditional with a cosmopolitan, modern feel. Its stylish mix of old and new makes it a lovely place to learn English.

Harrogate’s elegance and style draws from its 18th century history, when it became the spa town of choice for its wealthy visitors. It has left a legacy of extravagant hotels, green open spaces and beautiful parks and gardens, including Valley Gardens and Royal Horticultural Society’s Harlow Carr. The waters can still be enjoyed at the luxurious Turkish Baths.

In annual polls, Harrogate has been voted “the happiest place to live in the UK” for the last three years running, coming top in the categories of ‘Safety’, ‘Pride’ and ‘Green Spaces’. Its long history as a tourist destination mean that it is extremely well catered for in terms of restaurants, bars and entertainment. Independent, antique, designer and high-street shops ensure that there is shopping for everyone whether you are on the cobbled streets of the Montpellier Quarter or the tree lined avenues of the main streets. Leaving the town, you very quickly find yourself among the rolling green hills and valleys of the Nidderdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and then on to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, inspiration for the works of the Bronté sisters such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

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