This Royal Pump Room was built in 1841 to pump the sulphur water from a natural spring known as the Old Sulphur Well. Visitors to the Pump Room would pay to drink the sulphur water inside the Pump Room. However legislation from 1841 stated that the water must be freely available to those who cannot afford to pay. Outside the Pump Room is a tap where you can still taste the water.
A visit to Harrogate would not be complete without having tea and cakes at Betty's tea shop which has served a variety of teas here since 1919.