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Museums & Galleries in Harrogate & District

Harrogate and the surrounding district has a heritage of arts and culture – from artworks collected by wealthy Victorian Industrialists through to the inspiration the area provides to the many artisans and artists who have set up studios here.

The history of Places

From the history of sulphur waters and the sudden growth of this beautiful spa town as it became a favourite of Queen Victoria, Harrogate Museums have a story to tell.

The Nidderdale Museum must surely win the award for the 'Most Packed Museum' with countless artefacts from Nidderdale and the surrounding communities filling every room, rewarding the second and even third visit.

Beside the ruins of the Castle in medieval Knaresborough you can discover the history of some of Knaresborough’s most remarkable residents in in the Castle Museum.

The history of lives

The theme of Law and Order runs through several of our museums, whether you stand in the Dock at in Knaresborough, or do time at the Workhouse Museum in Ripon which is also home to a working Kitchen Garden museum, a treat for gardening enthusiasts.

The stories told by Harrogate museums go back further still; Aldborough’s Roman Site just to the East of Boroughbridge was once the capital of the Romanised Brigante tribe and is home to Roman mosaics and an on-site museum.

Harrogate through it's Art 

The esteemed regard in which Victorian society held Harrogate and the surrounding area left a wealth of both art and artistic creativity.

Harrogate boasts a wealth of galleries from the prestigious commercial galleries to working artist’s studios and workshops and studios where craftsmen and artists show, sell and discuss their work.

Always something for school holidays

In addition to these great collections a number of seasonal and temporary exhibitions take place throughout the year.  Special school holiday event programmes give children the chance for enjoyable hands-on learning experiences that will excite active minds with some of the history of the area.

All our museums are open throughout the year and opening hours are often extended for school holidays.
 

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  1. Knaresborough Castle & Museum

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    Knaresborough Castle & Museum

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    Castle / Fort

    Knaresborough

    A stronghold of medieval kings, Knaresborough Castle is beautifully set overlooking the River Nidd.

    Explore Knaresborough Castle independently or join a tour to discover the history of the King’s Chamber, visit the dungeon and scurry through the secret underground exit (sallyport).

    Get a…

  2. Ripon Workhouse Museum

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    Ripon Workhouse Museum

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    Museum

    Ripon

    Follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through our three museums.  Desperation often led the poor to a life of petty crime, and the punishments were cruel and severe. Discover what life was like in the workhouse, prison and courthouse.  Find out why people ended up here and what happened…

  3. Royal Pump Room Museum

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    Royal Pump Room Museum

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    Museum

    Harrogate

    Visit the strongest sulphur wells in Europe, where over 15,000 people used to come every summer.

    Discover Harrogate's connection to Russian royalty and what politicians and famous writers of the 19th and 20th century thought of their visits.

    Charles Dickens described Harrogate as the…

  4. Aldborough Roman Settlement

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    Aldborough Roman Settlement

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    Historic Site

    Boroughbridge

    For an interesting day out visit Aldborough Roman town, among the northern most urban centres in the Roman Empire.

    Aldborough was the ‘capital’ of the Romanised Brigantes, the largest tribe in Britain.

    One corner of these Yorkshire defences is laid out amid a Victorian arboretum, and two…

  5. Ripon Prison and Police Museum

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    Ripon Prison and Police Museum

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    Museum

    Ripon

    Follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through the three Ripon Museums.

    The museum is housed in the former Ripon Liberty Prison which became Ripon Police Station. 

    Enter the grim prison with whitewashed cells and barred windows.  On the ground floor is a history of policing in…

  6. Butter Market Museum

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    Butter Market Museum

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    Museum

    Boroughbridge

    The Butter Market located in Hall Square is an open-fronted building dating back to the 18th or early 19th century, built to give shelter to farmers' wives on market days whilst they were selling their dairy products, hence the name. The site is now used to display locally made or locally used…

  7. Nidderdale Museum

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    Nidderdale Museum

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    Museum

    Harrogate

    This museum in Pateley Bridge in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales has eleven rooms covering all aspects of Nidderdale life in the past.

    The Nidderdale Museum displays include a complete cobbler's shop, Victorian sitting-room and kitchen, school room, general store, joiner's shop and solicitor's…

  8. Ripon Courthouse Museum

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    Ripon Courthouse Museum

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    Museum

    Ripon

    Follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through the three Ripon Museums.

    The Liberty Courthouse remains virtually unchanged since it was built in 1830. Explore the Jury Room with its ceremonial pair of halberds and library of 18th and 19th century manuals, and the Retiring Room which…

  9. King Street Workshops

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    King Street Workshops

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    Arts Centre

    Pateley Bridge

    King Street Workshops in Pateley Bridge are a creative workspace for small and artisitic businesses in the town.

    The workshops are housed in the building that was once the Workhouse; where the poor and the homeless of Pateley Bridge were once housed. 

    The building sits on the steep hill…

  10. David Stead Gallery

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    David Stead Gallery

    Type

    Art Gallery

    Ripon

    We are a contemporary art gallery selling, original works, limited edition prints, ceramics and art cards.David runs weekly art classes - search for David Stead Studio on YouTube for painting/drawing tutorials and lifestyle videos from David's studio. Visit: www.davidsteadgallery.co.uk

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