The Royal Hall Restoration Trust Harrogate
The Royal Hall Restoration Trust Harrogate


The Royal Hall, Harrogate

  • A priceless part of our national heritage.
  • A marvellous Frank Matcham creation.
  • England’s last surviving Kursaal.
  • A Grade II* listed building of unique architectural and historic importance.
  • A vital part in the cultural life of North Yorkshire.
  • A regional entertainment centre
  • Theatre; concert hall; conference and banquet venue; exhibition hall; dance hall; cinema; town hall



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We are a registered charity whose Object is “The preservation and restoration for the public benefit of the Royal Hall in Harrogate” being a building of particular historical and architectural interest. The Trust’s Charity number is 1090032.

The Trust was formed in 2001 to raise funds towards the restoration of the Royal Hall in Harrogate. The Trust contributed over £2.7 million towards the restoration programme and this ensured the success of a major project between 2006 and 2008 to restore the building to its former glory.

Following the re-opening of the Royal Hall in April 2008, the Trust has contributed an extra £100,000 to carry out further improvements that were omitted from the major project on grounds of cost or timescale. These additional works included the provision of new ‘star’ dressing rooms; acoustic improvements to the stage, and further development of the Heritage Lounge.

The Trust is currently engaged in several other improvement works and is investigating the feasibility of a major new project to improve the rear terrace.

For further information about these exciting plans and ideas please see RHRT Vision.


Our Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales.
Honorary President : Edward Fox OBE
Honorary Vice-President:   Dame Fanny Waterman DBE



The Trust has ten trustees:

Chair : Russell Davidson    
Trustees : John Harris    
  Michael Hine    
  Lynne Mee    
  Angela Pick    
  Gay Steel    
  Peter Syson    
  Catherine Wormald    
  Catherine Wright    
Honorary Co-Administrators :     John Harris CBE DL    
  Catherine Wright    
Finance Officer Catherine Wormald    
Open Day Co-ordinator Gay Steel    
Conducted Tours Co-ordinator   Angela Pick    

& a committed group of volunteer stewards and guides.



Patron HRH The Prince of Wales. Registered Charity Number 1090032. Royal Hall ©
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