Harrogate in Yorkshire has a reputation for being one of the poshest parts of the country – as well as rather unusual.
When Charles Dickens visited Harrogate in 1858 he described it as “the queerest place with the strangest people in it, leading the oddest lives of dancing, newspaper reading and dining”.
While much of this has changed in the centuries since, some residents say Harrogate still has its very own identity.
In 2011, the town made headlines for being the last postcode in Britain not to have a Tesco supermarket.
But since then the town has taken on several supermarket chains, including most recently a Lidl in October, reports YorkshireLive.
Harrogate has reported not survived the cost of living crisis entirely unscathed, with several empty units dotting its high street.
Residents told the local outlet that the area isn’t so much “posh” anymore, as much as “weird”.
One said: “There’s the ‘Poo Bus’ behind you. Do you need any more evidence?”
A branch of Geek Retreat named the Poo Bus is a minibus decorated with emoji poos.
Another said: “It’s like a bit of the South up North.
“There’s a lot of quirkiness and artiness. Not a bad thing though.”
The Winter Gardens pub in the town recently earned itself the title of one of the best Wetherspoons pubs of the 800 scattered across the country.
According to TripAdvisor, across 2,538 reviews, 849 rated it as “excellent”.
One customer said of it: “Great choice of beer and good value for money. Breakfast is always excellent and the rest of the food has always been good whenever I’ve had it.”
The Victorian spa town is known for its very spacious and beautiful town centre, and has been used as a getaway since the 1800s.
Despite going through some alterations, it remains a highly attractive tourist spot for Brits with its cosy BnBs and multiple grand Victorian and Gregorian historical buildings.
There is also the nearby Grade II listed Valley Gardens, which features several distinctive areas and receives 3 million visitors a year.