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



Restoration Update

What has the Royal Hall Restoration Trust achieved since the re-opening in 2008 ?

Since the re-opening on the 27th April 2008 work has continued to improve the Royal Hall . The Trust has carried out many projects and additional work to enhance the building and experience for visitors, some of which are shown below.

Now, the Royal Hall needs to be maintained, promoted, enhanced, modernised and improved on a continuing basis to modern standards. The Trust has decided to relaunch and raise funds and promote the increased activity for required capital projects but also to increase and promote the increased use and enjoyment of the building. For our full ‘mission’ statement please refer to RHRT Today.

We are very pleased to report that, with the help of our volunteers and stewards, we run free Open Days to allow the general public access to the Royal Hall. As the building is primarily an event venue, the open days are not on set dates, so please refer to our website for these open day dates. These have been a wonderful success with the 2015 Open Days welcoming over 1100 visitors between February to August.  

We also provide interesting guided tours of the building at midday on these open days.

If you have a specific group and would like to organise a private tour, this can also be arranged.


Some of our recently completed projects include:- 

The installation of new stained glass windows in the SW Annexe.   
New safety handrails in the Heritage Lounge.  

Heritage hand rails


The installation of a mural in the South Ambulatory by artist David Venables that provides an illustration of the magnificent gardens that graced the rear of the Royal Hall when it first opened.


Other projects include:-

  • New period bars in the North and South ambulatories.
  • New ‘star’ dressing rooms in the basement.
  • Improved acoustics to the stage area Development of the Heritage Lounge to incorporate high-quality cabinets for the display of Royal Hall memorabilia and to create an inter-active audio-visual system which allows visitors to view educational modules covering various aspects of the heritage and history of Harrogate and the Royal Hall.


  Further major improvements that have been completed:

  • New stained glass windows have been fitted in the north west annexe.
  • Exterior electronic blinds have been fitted behind the upstairs windows in the Grand Hall to give a blackout when required.
  • Additional handrails on the exterior steps have been installed, now giving 6 sets of handrails.
  • Sanding and sealing the whole of the Grand Hall ballroom floor.
  • Permanently fixed monitor screens in the stage wings and dressing rooms through the last £3,000 donation.


 New period bars 

New signage 

Gold leaf added to The Royal Hall canopy. 


Gold Leaf lettering toglass doors.


Drinks stand in the south corridor.

Table & chairs the south corridor.

Work on the canopy.

 Copies of historical posters.


New banquette seats

Exterior poster displays.

Merchandise display

Mirror and console table. 

 Poster display boards.

lift architrave

Brass handrails.


Painting by Sidney Mercer




Photograph shows Gavin Mercer, the son of the painter Sidney Agnew Mercer with Michael Hine (on right) who donated the painting. 



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