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.
The Sun Pavilion and Sun Colonnade stretch along the east side, set back at the northern edge of the gardens providing a private and romantic location. The Sun Pavilion consists of one main function room able to accommodate up to 150 guests for an intimate event. Couples have a choice of two beautiful settings in which to have their ceremony, underneath the Art Deco glass dome, bathed in natural light, or outdoors on the covered terrace taking in the views Valley Gardens has to offer.
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.
Watch this amazing footage from 1933 courtesy of British Pathe