Even though Ashfield House is situated in rural Nidderdale in the Yorkshire countryside, it is still within a short distance of the towns of Harrogate, Skipton, Knaresbrough and the cities of Leeds, York and Ripon.
Harrogate (or Harrogate Spa) is a spa town in North Yorkshire, England. The town is a tourist destination and its visitor attractions include its spa waters, RHS Harlow Carr gardens, and Betty’s Tea Rooms. From the town one can explore the nearby Yorkshire Dales national park. Harrogate originated in the 17th century, with High Harrogate and Low Harrogate as two separate settlements. It lies adjacent to Knaresborough, with which it forms a single urban area, and is in the Nidd valley
York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. York is home to the York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe and stands at the city’s centre.
A feature of central York is the Snickelways, narrow pedestrian routes, many of which led towards the former market-places in Pavement and St Sampson’s Square. The Shambles is a narrow medieval street, lined with shops, boutiques and tea rooms.
Knaresborough is an old and historic market town and spa town in the Borough of Harrogate. Sights in the town include the remains of Knaresborough Castle, Mother Shipton’s petrifying well, The House in the Rock, and several cave dwellings, one a chapel, dating from the Middle Ages. Knaresborough is also the site of Ye Oldest Chymist Shoppe in England, opened in 1720. There is also the Courthouse Museum in the castle grounds.