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“A absolute must visit. Spectacular architecture. ”
Review of Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths
Ranked #13 of 193 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The historic Victoria Baths hold open days, usually on the first Sunday of each month from April to November, and guided building tours every Wednesday at 2pm. You can see the incredible stained glass and tile work, along with the three swimming pool areas. The Baths are undergoing restoration.
Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

The fantastic team of volunteers who work at the baths are so enthusiastic. You'll leave with loads of information about the origin of the baths and the fantastic restoration.
Keep a look on their website for special events, the vintage fairs are particularly good.

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

An absolutely stunning example of Victorian architecture at its best and in the process of being restored to is former glory. Given it was a purpose built building it seems the materials used were of a remarkable quality and craftsmanship - not seen today. While many will go on about the stained glass windows which are lovely. I found the tile work and the beautiful detail produced in tiles quite remarkable. I very much enjoyed the baths yet was somewhat troubled by what exactly is to become of this building. It is too narrow a focus to simply be a museum - it would never sustain itself, and there is little need for it to be once again a commercial bathing house, swimming venue and laundry facility - so I suppose Manchester City Council have a bit of an albatross on their hands. It would certainly take a great deal more money to complete and the volunteers are doing their best but will it be enough. I pondered this dilemma for days - wondering what will become of this building. Please do visit this site on the few days of the month that is is opened, staffed by volunteers and show your appreciation for this magnificent building. Do take it all in and enjoy this era gone by. And while you take in the stained glass, do enjoy the tile work

2  Thank TorontoToStart
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

We recently visited this lovely old 'water palace' dating from 1906 and had a guided tour. Although there remains much restoration to do, there is still a lot to see and admire. We particularly liked the fantastic stained glass windows, many of which have been restored to their former glory and the art nouveau style tiling from Pilkingtons which is still intact. Those interested in architecture, the arts and craft and art nouveau will love the place. It is also interesting from a social history perspective with 3 different pools to see, first and second class males and then female showing the gender and class differences at the time. Would highly recommend a visit and well worth the £5.50 entrance fee which goes towards the restoration with the staff being volunteers. There is a tea shop with a limited range of refreshments.

Thank joanyen
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

We did the guided tour and it was very informative by the volunteers. Nice building that has been restored. It would be good to see it being used as Edwardian days did.

1  Thank Tim J
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

we took a guided tour around the baths, having first seen the buiding championed on the BBCs Restoration programme back in 2003.
it was really good to see it in a much healthier state so many years on and it really is a beautiful building
the guided tours are given by volunteers and enthusiasts of the building so it seems unfair to criticize him (but he was just a little bit boring - sorry - i think we just lucked out as other tours were happening and those seemed to be a lot livelier)
i would recommend it though

Thank roamingjode
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