See how and where the Edwardians bathed at Victoria Baths

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Learn about the history of Edwardian bathing or take in an art exhibition in the mosaic spaces of Victoria Baths.

When Victoria Baths opened in 1906, it was described as “the most splendid municipal bathing institution in the country”. The hype surrounding it may have died down since, but the colourful mosaic floor, stained glass windows and terracotta tiles mean that there’s still plenty to marvel at amongst its light and airy spaces. Nowadays, you can leave your bathing suit at home; the building serves as a centre for artistic rather than aqua pursuits, with the three former pools used as backdrops for art instillations, performances and even film screenings.

The baths regularly run tours, with guides talking you through the architecture and its swimming history, before going behind the scenes to little-known areas like the boiler house and filter room.

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