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Rothesay's Victorian Toilets

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Address: The Pier, Rothesay, Scotland
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The gentlemen’s toilets in Rothesay are a veritable palace of the public convenience

The gentlemen’s toilets in Rothesay are a veritable palace of the public convenience. Described by Lucinda Lambton, architectural historian and well-known cludgie connoisseur as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gentlemen’s toilets in Rothesay are a veritable palace of the public convenience. Described by Lucinda Lambton, architectural historian and well-known cludgie connoisseur as “jewels in the sanitarian’s crown”, they are one of the finest examples of late Victorian lavatories left in the UK. The interior is magnificent with walls entirely clad in decorative ceramic tiles, ornately patterned in rows.

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Thank Zheng M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

the gents are so ornate with marble everywhere, a must see if your around the area. Worth a penny to see.

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Dunoon, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Beautiful Victorian toilets however disappointed with the ladies one as they are simple white toilets and sinks unlike the periodic gents toilets which I could see when leaving the ladies. Very clean surroundings and central location.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Visited these toilets out of curiosity when visiting Rothesay on day stop-over.......and what can I say!! Wonderful Victorian Architecture and on my early morning visit I was given permission to view the gents side........they've got the best! I was given thestory on how the toilets were saved from demolition by Allison, who was attendant that day.......gave mea brief history lesson... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

It seems a bit odd that public toilets are a top tourist attraction so we couldn't resist having a look. I was disappointed as the ladies are plain white toilets and hand basins. The tiles were nice though and more like the Victorian style I expected. My partner met me after visiting the gents and showed me some pictures. From... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Was told about this Gem by a fellow traveller. Made my entire holiday, Wow! best 40p value, and functional too Don't miss "visiting" whilst on the Isle of Bute (Excuse the Pun)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

I only saw the outside - they were closed...but even the outside is amazing that they are still standing, so perfectly - not a chipped tile on the house.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

These are a beautiful wee gem of a place, never thought i'd want to visit a public toilet for it's beauty but this certainly has it, decor is kept stunningly immaculate for its period although i was advised that this is only for the ladies section, the gents apparently is a lot more modern.

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Thank Karis M
Selkirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Much more than just functional. Truly a work of art whilst having a very practical purpose are well. Modern planners could learn a lot from the design and functionality of the toilets!!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Sneaked into the men's toilets when my husband gave me the "all clear". They are beautiful, if you like that sort of thing, which I do. The urinals are beautiful and well maintained. The pipework is glorious!

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