Victoria Baths is a Grade II* listed building, in the Chorlton-on-Medlock area of Manchester, in northwest England. The Baths opened to the public in 1906 and cost £59,144 to build. Manchester City Council closed the baths in 1993 and the building was left empty. A multimillion-pound restoration project began in 2007. As of 2009, the building is on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register.
The baths were designed by the City Surveyor, T. de Courcy Meade, and his assistant, Arthur Davies. The work was supervised by Henry Price, the newly appointed city architect. The baths were opened in September 1906 by the Lord Mayor of Manchester who described the building as a "water palace". For 86 years the Baths provided both essential and leisure facilities. Private baths and a laundry were housed there along with three swimming pools and a Turkish bath, later a Sauna was added. The main swimming pool was floored over in the winter months to hold dances. In 1952 the Victoria Baths installed the first public Aeratone (jacuzzi) in the country.
Graham Wood | Dec 4, 2017
This building is simply amazing. It was beautifully restored and all the original Edwardian features were kept. The building was originally a swimming pool and Turkish baths but is now used for events. They hold the indy man beer con here each year and other events. If you get a chance to have a look around the building I'd recommend it.
Toby Cartwright | Feb 11, 2018
Amazing restoration of a Victorian baths. Great restoration. Been to a number of events here.
Nathan Hanna | Feb 25, 2018
Worth going to if they're hosting an event for sure
Daniel Livermore | Oct 30, 2017
This made a fantastic quirky venue for a beer festival. All the bars were in the drained swimming pools! Well worth going to an event here.
Jennifer Dowson | Sep 13, 2017
I visited a long time ago and was totally overwhelmed by the place. Since then I've been a volunteer there and I will keep on supporting for as long as I can. Buildings like this need to be preserved for everyone to enjoy. Well worth a visit.
Sarah Walker | Mar 29, 2018
Stunning building. I have attended the Gin Festival a number of times and had an amazing time. Also as a fan of Peaky Blinders it was great to see where some of the scenes took place.
Rod Bell | Mar 14, 2018
A beautiful building in the process of being renovated. However, it is extremely cold inside (it is a Victorian building) so if you are visiting in the dead of winter be prepared.
Andrew Gee | Mar 28, 2018
Gin festival Manchester at Victoria Baths, a great event, really good set up one room with stalls for free tasting and explanation of the type of gin, one room with pop up bars which each have a selection of the gins available and one room with some great food stalls with reasonably priced English and Asian food. Additional to the main rooms there was a boutique bar with some good gins that did not make the main room and masterclass area for some great tips. Beautiful old building being slowly restored well worth a visit.
Jenny Edwards | Apr 12, 2018
Amazing restoration work & working hard to keep going. Lovely to see such an old beautiful building being kept alive. Brings back strong memories of swimming in a different baths in Manchester. Happy days are here again
anne derbyshire | Apr 25, 2018
We attended the tour, which is every Wednesday. I remember swimming there in the late eighties. Also check out the various events held there. Thank you for saving this great Victorian building! See if you can find the bovril shelf!
Mark Hilton | Apr 5, 2018
Visited here for a conference. The place has a real character about it and its a shame it has been in such a state. However you can see that a lot of work has been done and there is plenty left to do. Parking close is an issue but there is a large multi storey car park at the end of the road but it is £15 for a day's parking! We'll done to everyone who has invested time in the restoration and keep going.
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