Pittville Pump RoomCheltenham
East Approach Drive
The loveliest Regency building in Cheltenham still standing and in use is the Pittville Pump Room. Built between 1825 and 1830, it is an elegant colonnaded building standing at the northern end of Pitville Lawn, in landscaped grounds running down to a lake.
The building contains the original mineral waters Pump, made of marble and terrazzo. The waters are now fed to this pump by electricity but they are still freely available for sampling. They don’t taste very nice but are allegedly very beneficial to your health!
Opening Times
Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00.
Since the Pump Room is now available for private hire, it is advisable to check that it is not being used and is open to visitors.
Disabled Access
Yes – Ramp/Level Access; Toilets; Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors; and Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
On-site free parking; toilets; picnic sites in the gardens.
In the grounds there is a children’s menagerie and also a café which serves light refreshments during summer months (on Central Cross Drive).
Architecture & History
Cheltenham’s norther suburbs were developed in the early 19th century by property speculator Joseph Pitt (1759–1842). His name is commemorated in Pittville, the centrepiece of which is the Pittville Pump Room.
Designed by the architect, John Forbes, the building was the largest and last spa building to be built in Cheltenham. It has a colonnade of Ionic columns above which are three statues by Lucius Gahagen, erected in 1827, of the goddess Hygieia, Aesculapius and Hippocrates.
The interior houses a ballroom on its ground floor. Further Ionic columns support a gallery under a dome. Originally, the upper floors held a billiard room, library and reading room.
The Pump Room and its grounds were managed during the 19th century by a succession of lessees, who offered the typical fare of pleasure gardens including menageries, exhibitions and balloon ascents. However the concession did not prove lucrative. Eventually Pitt himself went bankrupt and in 1890 the Room and the grounds passed into the ownership of the town council.
They are now owned by Cheltenham Borough Council, which has continued to use them for public events. The Pump Room is frequently used as a concert hall, especially during the Cheltenham Music Festival.
Contact & Further Information
Council Box Office
Telephone    +44 (0)8445 762 210
Mail   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Box Office is open Monday - Saturday: 10:00 -17:30. For additional opening times and Box Office location go to the above website.
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