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Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

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The Royal Pump Room is a Grade II* listed building in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. Today it houses the town's museum – operated by Harrogate Borough Council. It was formerly a spa water pump house. It is located in Crown Place in the western part of Harrogate town centre, opposite the town's Valley Gardens park. It is bounded by two streets which are Crescent Road and Royal Parade. Today, the Pump Room consists of both the original 1842 stone rotunda and a glazed annexe which was opened in 1913. The Pump Room offered guests of the town an all weather facility where they could drink sulphur water which was pumped on site from a natural spring known as the Old Sulphur Well. The building also had a social element to it as it provided guests with a place to meet friends and get to know others.
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  • The title says it all really. It's a nice little building and there are some quite interesting wall boards and displays explaining the history of Harrogate and similar spa towns. And that's about it. ...  more »
  • Interesting to see people queuing to fill plastic water bottles from the tap on outside wall of the museum ! if you want to learn about old time water works and victorian times you will like this. £4 ...  more »
  • This is a small interesting museum. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable.The Sulphur well talk was very interesting, not sure how people (in the past) could drink the water, the smell was bad enou...  more »
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  • I thought Bath water was bad, until I tried this. Happily this isn't the same as "Harrogate Spa" bottled water, this is a putrid nastiness. There's a tap outside by which you can choose to drink this for free - at your peril.
  • Small and a few random exhibits but worth going to if you're looking to learn a bit more about the local area
  • Some Egyptian artefacts alongside water treatments used in the Victorian days, some clothing too . Lots of reading boards and the odd tour of the wells below. Small, but OK.
  • Interesting little museum with rather a mish-mash of exhibits but still worth spending an hour or two there if you are stuck for something to do.
  • Ridiculously expensive for the size. Really not worth it.