Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths, Manchester
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Victoria Baths is the most intact Edwardian Baths in Britain. It is an architectural gem, rich in stained glass, mosaic floors and decorative tiling. Restoration Phase 1 has been completed with an extensive programme of external and structural work to the Turkish baths and the front block of the building, thanks to the success on BBC's Restoration series. Restoration Phase 1+ has just being completed with the North facing Main window in the Gala Pool above the foundation stone being restored.
Guided tours and children's trail, cafe and special events are available throughout the season.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Victoria Baths is open as a heritage visitor attraction and arts venue from April to October each year, with a few additional events taking place outside these dates.

Wednesday Tours take place every Wednesday from April to October at 2pm. On the first and third (and fifth) Wednesday of each month, the Wednesday tour is "Getting to Know Victoria Baths". Special tours are on offer on the second and fourth Wednesdays.

Open Days will take place on the first Sunday of each month during 2015 from May to November. A range of guided tours are on offer at all our Open Days which are also combined with special events - see below for details of each Open Day.

Group tours can be arranged any day and time from April to October - check out our Groups page.

Arts events take place periodically.

Admission charges

Open days - £2.50 (children and Friends of Victoria Baths free)
Wednesday Tours - £5 ( children and Friends of Victoria Baths FREE)
Group bookings from £5 per head, minimum £60
Tea/coffee+ biscuits - £1.50

Getting there

We hold an archive of material relating to the history of Victoria Baths, swimming in Manchester and some other historic pools. Some of this material is on display at our Open Days.
We provide access to our archive for researchers.

Collection details

Sport, Social History, Performing Arts, Music, Fine Art, Film and Media, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives, Architecture

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Water Palace Quiz

A quiz available in paper based and online formats with questions designed to enable learners to discover more about the Baths whilst honing their word and number skills. THE ONLINE VERSION IS ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE EVERYWHERE - just go to and have a go. The questions are cross referenced to the adult literacy and numeracy core curricula ( Levels E2 to Level 2) You will also have some downloadable numeracy activity sheets and ideas on activities for your visit.


  • Quiz designed by Barbara Zealley of ReZolve



How to obtain

To book an educational visit
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Ardwick Heritage Trail

Take a trip back in time and bring Manchester history to life on the Ardwick Heritage Trail. Long trail approx 1 hour 30 minutes, short trail 1 hour. Guided walks available in February 2009. Self guided walks using the printed version or podcast.


  • Victoria Baths Trust
  • Gaskell House
  • Pankhurst Centre


  • Victoria Baths Trust

How to obtain

FREE print version available by post from:
Studio 20, Longsight Business Park, Hamilton Road, Longsight, Manchester M13 0PD
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Scrub a dub dub

A school's hands on activity. They will use washday equipment to experience different ways of washing in Victorian times. This will show the impact on people's lives of wash houses and public baths.

How to obtain

School visits cost £1/head, teachers are FREE. VISITS FOR MANCHESTER SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES ARE FREE
To book a visit or for further information
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Getting there

Victoria Baths
Hathersage Road
Chorlton on Medlock
Greater Manchester
M13 0FE

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All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.