RICH IN HISTORY

The Sun Pavilion, situated in Valley Gardens has a long rich history in the town of Harrogate. It traces back to 1571 when William Slingsby discovered a mineral spring, Tewit Well, in High Harrogate, the first medicinal spring in England to have the name spa attached to it. In 1869 a scheme for improvement of the gardens was commissioned, this included the building of the Sun Pavilion and the colonnade. The Sun Pavilion wasn’t completed until 1933. It was designed by well-respected borough surveyor, Leonard Clarke, also responsible for the design of many prominent Harrogate buildings. In 1998 it had a sensitive restoration and was officially re-opened by Queen Elizabeth II and has been a popular choice for weddings ever since.

Many of our couples have commented on the sentimental value the building holds for them, visiting the gardens as a child with past and present family members. We love keeping memories alive and creating new ones that will last another 80 years, and more.

INFORMATION SOURCED FROM:

www.historicengland.org.uk
www.friendsofvalleygardens.co.uk