Historic Insights - Royal Hall Open Days

Step inside one of Harrogate’s most beautiful spa buildings and discover the history behind the magnificent Royal Hall at a visitor open day.

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Do you have a love of architecture? Harrogate is full of beautiful and elegant spa buildings and one of the most stunning is the Royal Hall - Harrogate’s ‘glittering palace of gold’. One of the few Frank Matcham designed theatres left in the UK, you are able to visit the Royal Hall during one of its’ twice monthly open days.

15th & 23rd May, 1st, 15th & 23rd June, 27th & 31st July, 3rd & 31st Aug, 1st & 28th September, 3rd & 20th October

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Originally named the ‘Kursaal’ (Cure Hall), a word meaning a room or public hall used by visitors at health resorts in Germany, the theatre’s name was changed to the more patriotic ‘Royal Hall’ after the First World War. The original name can still be seen in the stonework on the front façade above the entrances.

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During an open day, you can take in the golden grandeur of the interior by exploring at your leisure or you can book in advance to join one of the twice daily tours carried out by a knowledgeable tour guide.

Learn about the history of this beautiful Edwardian theatre from its origins as a concert hall through to the major refurbishment that began in 2006 and brought the theatre back to its original splendour.

Royal Hall view from the stage

You’ll be in good company when visiting the Royal Hall as many notable acts have performed here over the years including Gracie Fields, Lilly Langtry, Dame Nellie Melba and ‘4 young lads from Liverpool’ who later became one of the biggest bands in the world!

The Royal Hall still offers a full programme of concerts throughout the year so why not visit again and enjoy a live music event or performance.

Upcoming events at the Royal Hall include Radio Gaga 24th June and the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in August. Find out about all future performances at the Royal Hall through Harrogate Theatre.

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