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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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  • Popped in to see a bit of history and left with a fantastic smell as we left...probably should explain that. Here you will find a detailed collection of local history collections and while we visited ...  more »
  • Interesting history of the sulphur well and Harrogate as a resort spa town but only managed to string the visit out to about 40 minutes. The staff were friendly and the building warm and well maintain...  more »
  • We spent about a hour looking around the museum. We had a tour of the sulphur well by a lovely man. You learn a lot about what made Harrogate what it is today. 
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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.