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Victoria Baths

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Victoria Baths Manchester

Discover the legacy of Victoria Baths, a magnificent Edwardian building. Restoration Phase 1 has transformed the front of the building including many of the beautiful stained glass windows.

Manchester’s Victoria Baths was opened in 1906 and remains a remarkably intact example of Edwardian architecture. Filled with lavish tiling and mosaic doors, the building originally housed three differently classed swimming pools, a Turkish Bath and intricate stained glass windows, including the stunning Angel of Purity. In the winter months the main pool was floored over and used as a dance hall. 

Victoria Baths was very well used by thousands of Mancunians and also some famous faces – Tommy Cooper used the Turkish Baths and Cleo Laine performed here with the Johnny Dankworth Seven. After 88 years of people swimming, socialising and scrubbing themselves clean, the pool closed its doors in 1993. Ten years later, it was given a new lease of life and £3.5million when it won the BBC’s Restoration series. 

Work to fully restore the baths began in 2007 in a bid to ensure future generations enjoy this historical and architectural jewel.  Now partially restored, Victoria Baths operates as a heritage visitor attraction and arts venue, open from April to November each year with a range of guided tours, open days and arts events.  Check out the website for full details.

Wednesday tours
There is a guided tour of Victoria Baths every Wednesday afternoon at 2pm (from beginning April to the end of October).  Our experienced guide will show you the beautiful architecture of the building, relate tales of its rich history and tell you about restoration work to date and the plans for the future.  Cost is £5 for adults / Gift aid £5.50, FREE for children and members of the Friends of Victoria Baths.

Open Days

From April to November there is a public Open Day on the first Sunday of each month, from 12noon to 4pm (sometimes longer hours for special events).  Admission is £2.50 / Gift aid £3, FREE for children and Friends of Victoria Baths. 

Guided tours are available at all our Open Days, £2.50 / Gift aid £3, FREE for children and Friends of Victoria Baths.

 Our Open Days also include additional activities such as performances, workshops, exhibitions.  See our website for details.

Group visits
We welcome group visits at any time to suit your group, from April to October.  £5 per head with the option of booking refreshments and an extended, behind the scenes tour. 

We also cater for educational visits with tours tailored to suit any age group. 

There is free parking at Victoria Baths

The building has ramped access to the ground floor and a fully accessible toilet.  There is no lift but most of the building can be viewed and appreciated from the ground floor which is fairly level.

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