Step back in time and explore the historical charm of the Royal Pump Room, an exquisite Grade II* listed building nestled next to the entrance of the scenic Valley Gardens. Today, this majestic edifice houses the town's museum, operated by the esteemed Harrogate Borough Council. Once a spa water pump house, the Royal Pump Room now stands as a testament to the town's rich heritage. Experience the elegance of both the original 1842 stone rotunda and the graceful glazed annexe, a splendid addition unveiled in 1913. Delve into the stories of the past and immerse yourself in the fascinating history that has shaped Harrogate into the enchanting town it is today.
The Royal Pump Room Museum
The Royal Pump Room is a Grade II* listed building next to the entrance to the Valley Gardens. Today it houses the town's museum which is operated by the Harrogate Borough Council. It was formerly a spa water pump house.
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.
Knaresborough Castle and Museum
There has been a castle in Knaresborough for over 900 years. Over the centuries there have been significant periods of building and repair work as the castle was adapted to meet changing military requirements, fashions and historic events.
On a visit to Knaresborough Castle you can explore the remains of the King’s Tower with its eerie dungeon and climb the winding staircase to the upper chamber - imagine kneeling before the king in this lavish hall with its stained glass windows, rich tapestries and roaring fires!
A stroll around the castle grounds, following our information signboards, gives you a sense of the former grandeur of this important northern fortress. As you enjoy the stunning view down to the river Nidd you will appreciate just what a superb defensive site this must have been. The ruined towers of the great East Gate give a just glimpse of the castle’s once impenetrable fortifications.
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