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.