Harrogate is almost surrounded by gardens including the 80 hectare Stray in the south. The mostly pedestrian shopping streets, Oxford and Cambridge, are lined with all sorts of boutiques and shops. You can take the plunge into the waters of the fabulously tiled Turkish Baths in the Royal Baths Assembly Rooms. The mock Moorish facility is very Victorian in style and offers a range of activities, from steam rooms, saunas, and more. Just around the corner is the ornate Royal Pump Room Museum which was built in 1842 over the most famous of the sulphur springs. It gives insight into how the phenomenon created the town and illustrious visitors that it attracted. Harrogate has some of the most beautiful public gardens you may ever see. The Valley Gardens, for example, are overlooking by the vast, ornate, glass domed Sun Pavilion built in 1933. Flower lovers should make sure to check out the Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens. The West Park Stray is another fine garden and park. The year’s main event in Harrogate is the huge Spring Flower Show held in late April, followed in late September by the Autumn Flower Show.