The Victoria Baths complex is a historic site and traditional Turkish bath complex with swimming pools and bathing areas. The complex was opened in 1906 by Henry Price and designed as a leisure facility for the city’s residents, serving the city for over 86 years.

Though the complex’s baths closed in 1993, the historic building is open to the public for self-guided and guided tours and special events to see the original architectural details and decor. The complex hosts a variety of events for children as well, including educational and creative workshops.

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Highlights of the Victoria Baths

The construction of the Victoria Baths was supervised by Henry Price, the city’s first architect, and designed by the city surveyor and his assistant. When originally opened, the Victoria Baths complex was described as a ‘water palace’ by the Lord Mayor of Manchester. The facade features multicoloured brickwork and terracotta details with beautiful stained-glass windows in the interior.

The complex featured private baths, laundry facilities, swimming pools and a traditional Turkish bath. Later, a sauna was included in the facility’s amenities. In winter, the pool was closed and the complex was used as a dance hall. Currently, the complex is used for historic tours and occasional social events.

Good to know when visiting the Victoria Baths

You can tour the Victoria Baths by yourself or with an expert tour guide on a guided tour. When you choose a guided tour, you’ll learn about the history and architecture of the building and get a glimpse into life in the past. If you’re travelling with a group, you can book a group tour that includes photography sessions, behind-the-scenes areas and refreshments.

The Victoria Baths are close to many of Manchester’s other notable attractions. After touring the bath complex, you can visit Elizabeth Gaskell’s House or the Whitworth Gallery. You’re also close to the Manchester Museum and the Chuck Gallery.

Victoria Baths in Manchester

Location: Hathersage Rd, Manchester M13 0FE, UK

Phone: +44 (0)1612 242020