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Victoria Baths

On the bank holiday weekend, we were lucky to attend a wonderful wedding of friends, at Victoria Baths in Manchester. As well as the wedding, of course, exploring the building was awesome. I have to admit that in my 8 years in Manchester I had never been inside! I am really glad I got the chance to, it’s definitely a not-to-miss place.

Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
first class male baths, from spectator seats

The Victoria Baths building was opened in 1906 and was described as “the most splendid municipal bathing institution in the country” – that’s me told. It is a great example of Edwardian glamour. It housed three pools (male first class, male second class, and female), and a Turkish baths.

On the upper floor are rooms such as the Superintendent’s flat, and the spectator seating. It is chock full of amazing tiles, stained glass, terracotta work, and wonderful old wood. It was open until 1993, and then once closed it fell into disrepair. A huge community campaign saved it, and it has been amazingly restored with help from volunteers and various restoration grants. It is still a work in progress but the majority is saved and beautiful.

Here is a little gallery of photos from inside – if you get a chance, go visit! It’s great for a wander but they also do tours – where you find out all the proper history and information (we got a little distracted from the tour so we missed about half….). Victoria Baths also has a tonne of volunteer opportunities if you wanted to get involved. Their site is here for more info.

 

 

Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
glass details – there is so much incredible stained glass in there!
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
tile details
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
tickets
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
changing stalls – ladies got a door And a curtain
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
downstairs tiles
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
upstairs, the corridoor for the Superintendent’s flat
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
details
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
details
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
first class male baths, from spectator seats
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
look up
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
view from the ticket office
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
first class male baths, from spectator seats
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
spectator seating upstairs
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
view from upstairs
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
stalls and pool
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
changing stall
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
stained glass in first class male baths room
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
view from the pool
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
view from the pool
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
changing stalls
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
some of the upstairs restoration treasure
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
upstairs stairwell tiles
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
upstairs stairwell tiles
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
back view in yard
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
front view, complete with gloomy Manchester sky
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
commemorative terracotta plaque for opening in 1906
Victoria Baths Manchester victorian edwardian kate conaghan
tiles!

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