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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  • August 21, 2017
    We were recommended to visit the pump room by the Tourist Information staff, and we are pleased we did, very interesting story about the waters, how it came to be and the visit to the lower level, to ...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    We timed our visit well to coincide with the guides talk about the Sulphur pumps. It was very well presented and informative. The museum itself is very small. There are a number of interesting exhibit...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Lovely little museum which you should definitely visit if walking by. We timed it right and had the short tour down to see the wells which added to the visit. You can probably go round this museum in ...  more »
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  • This is a great little museum. Explains the history of the area in relation to natural springs. This building has two wells. One with the strongest sulphurous water in Europe and the other which is 2 feet away had hardly any sulphur at all. Interesting Egyptian displays also. If you have skin problems, buy the local soap made with sulphur water. Its effects are quite amazing
  • You won't spend a long time here but it's still interesting to have a look round. I forget why at one stage the displays veer off into Egyptology and X-rays but there you go. The tour of the spring heads make the 4 quid worth it...but only just, I wouldn't pay more.
  • Some interesting things to see but not amazing. Cost £3 entrance fee
  • 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

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