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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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  • Very poor museum with very little to see except fashion when it's meant to be the history of the pump room and spa. You have to pay to go in and is small in size.  more »
  • the entrance ticket lasts for the day, includes a guided tour. all about the waters in the district, good display of the history and items, even a display case of the bottles of water from the Great E...  more »
  • The museum is small and compact which will not take you too long to go around. A good potted history of Harrogate with the rise and fall of the spa. It will interest both young and old.  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