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Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths is a space full of potential. Everyone who visits the building knows it – those who swam here, those who envisage a bright future, those who are intrigued by its past; those who understand the architecture, the social history, the importance of swimming and looking after the body, those who simply come to see.

Artists have certainly seen potential. Potential in the vast pool spaces and the hidden depths; potential in the memories left behind; potential in the social and political context; potential in the dark basements and the leaking glass roofs – potential in the people who pass through. Potential that has been explored to produce some fascinating art work.

We recognise that artists have played an important part in keeping the building alive over the past twelve years. We recognise that without their work, the journey to save Victoria Baths could have been drier and darker. At the most difficult times, artists’ responses to Victoria Baths have inspired us not to be disheartened by the slog ahead or fed up about the past – gone forever, but instead to focus on the here and now – to celebrate, reconsider and look again.

We believe that Victoria Baths has made a distinctive contribution to the arts in Manchester by providing a unique and changing setting for arts activities with links to a variety of audiences.

As Victoria Baths enters the next stages of its evolution, we would like to develop our role as an arts venue including further opportunities for artists to use the space as a place of experiment, exploration and discussion. We want to do this in partnership with other arts organisations, local, national and international artists and local communities.

When it opened in 1906, Victoria Baths on Hathersage Road, Manchester, was described as “the most splendid municipal bathing institution in the country” and “a water palace of which every citizen of Manchester can be proud.” Not only did the building provide spacious and extensive facilities for swimming, bathing and leisure, it was built of the highest quality materials with many period decorative features:- stained glass, terracotta, tiles and mosaic floors.

Victoria Baths served the people of central Manchester for 87 years and established themselves in the affections of all those who used the facilitie.

The plan to provide Baths to serve the three wards of Longsight, St Luke’s and Rusholme was first considered in 1897 by the Baths and Wash-houses Committee of Manchester Corporation and in 1899 the site was purchased

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Q Cancellation of Service

a) If the Client wishes to cancel the booking they should notify VB in writing. The cancellation will take effect from the date such notification is
b) In the event of the booking being cancelled the deposit will be retained by VB and if the event is cancelled less than 10 working days before the event, payment of the total amount payable for the event will be required.

Q Cost of Service

Commercial Filming / Photoshoot £1,200 +VAT= £1,440 (Per
Working Day)
Commercial Event £1,200+VAT=£1,440
Wedding Ceremony and Reception £3,350+VAT= £4020
Pre-Wedding Photoshoot £100+VAT= £120
Student Photography / Filming £10 per Active Student per hour

Q Directions & Parking

There is a car park in the enclosed area at the rear of Victoria Baths, reached from the left hand side of the building. Be careful not to park outside of the enclosed area as this is private land and you may be issued with a parking ticket. Blue badge card holders may park directly in front of the building. Otherwise there is parking on Hathersage Road and elsewhere subject to normal on street parking regulations.

1 Review for Victoria Baths

Cheska J

17 Reviews

Made good memories here

5/ 5

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Although I’m not one to frequent bathing institutions, I was curious and wanted to try the fuzz going around in Victoria Baths. It’s a great place for leisure and the story and struggles it faced to put it to where it is today makes it even more exciting to the modern visitor. The facilities are well maintained and it was still able to keep the history behind it. Great for a visit if you haven’t yet!

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