The pretty spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, used to consist of two separate villages. As they both began to expand, the two villages merged into a single town, which became a health spa for ill noblemen and women from all over Europe.
Harrogate became arguably the most popular spa town in the UK and even today there are still bathhouses where you can relax in the waters, or steam rooms. But nowadays, there’s plenty more to the town than just the spas, its just as popular for its shopping, its gardens, and its architecture. In fact, in various nationwide polls and lists, Harrogate has often been ranked as one of the best places to live in the country.
Paignton is part of Torbay on what is known as the English Riviera. It is a family resort with a harbour, long beaches and parks. The town has grown considerably since becoming a Victorian resort.
The old town is inland from the beach. Paignton Pier is a reminder of the resort’s Victorian history. The church is of interest and is next to the sole remaining tower from a former bishop’s palace. Coastal walks and the gardens on the cliffs are lit up in the summer.
You’ll understand the appeal of this little town as soon as you set eyes on it. A colourful rainbow of houses are scattered amongst its hills and cliffs, surrounding a charming harbour.
Tenby is notable for being one of the few remaining walled towns in Britain. Tenby didn’t become popular with tourists until the Victorians began flocking here, but ever since then it has remained one of the country’s top destinations.
Keep an eye out for the old, historic buildings, which are scattered throughout the town. These include the Tudor Merchant’s House, which is in the care of the National Trust. The interior is an accurate recreation of a 15th century home, which is sometimes attended by staff in full Tudor costume! Another old building that’s hard to miss is Tenby Castle. It stands on a hilltop that sticks out towards the sea, interrupting the town’s main beaches.