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Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths Summary

  • Address: Manchester's Water Palace, Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, M13 0FE (Map)
  • Tel: +44 (0)161 224 2020
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  • Owner: Victoria Baths Trust
  • Administrator: Gill Wright
  • E-mail: Click here to contact
 

Victoria Baths Description

The doors of the Victoria Baths were thrown open to the public in 1906, and as the Lord Mayor of the time described them, "a water palace of which every citizen of Manchester is proud" lay at their command. No expense was spared, and today, you can still discover the rich terracotta, sumptuous tiles, decorative stained glass, and mosaics that remain, as you step inside.

For 86 years, Victoria Baths served the community with its three swimming pools, Turkish Baths, laundry and even the first public Jacuzzi. Since closing in 1993, the building has remained remarkably intact, and it is listed grade II* on the List of Buildings of Architectural and Historic Interest.

In 2003, history made amends for the years of neglect and against stiff competition from many other worthy bids the Victoria Baths won the BBC2's first Restoration series, an event I remember well, which proclaimed a welcome sense of diversity in preserving our rich heritage.

Now a dedicated group of volunteers work tirelessly towards the common goal of returning this opulent piece of Victoriana to its former glory. Victoria Baths is a public restoration work in progress.

Opening Times - 2012

April - October:

  • Tours: Every Wednesday, 2 pm
  • Groups welcome at other times by appointment

April - November:

  • Open Day: First Sunday each Month

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets) - 2012

Sunday Open Days:

  • Adult - £3.00 (£2.50)
  • Child (under 16) - Free
  • Guided Tour - £3.00 (£2.50)

Wednesday Tours:

  • Adult - £5.50 (£5.00)
  • Child (under 16) - Free

Group Tours:

  • Per person - from (£5.00)

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Additional Info for Victoria Baths

  • YesWeddings
  • YesDisabled Access
  • YesRefreshments
  • YesGuides
  • YesConferences
  • YesFilming
  • YesGifts
  • YesLive Entertainment
  • YesShop
  • YesCar Parking

Credit Cards Accepted

  • YesMastercard
  • YesVisa

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