WHO ARE WE?
The Friends of Carlisle Victorian & Turkish Baths formed in May 2021 to protect and develop Carlisle’s Historic Baths and ensure they continue to support the Health and Wellbeing of local residents and visitors.
We are a group of enthusiastic volunteers who love Carlisle, it’s people and its heritage.
We are committed to working with the City and County Councils, the new Unitary Authority and heritage organisations to secure a future for the Public Baths that celebrates its history and its purpose as a building to support the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.
We have developed a Vision for the Public Baths that supports and enhances the regeneration projects already underway in the City, serves the needs of local residents and would boost the tourist and night time economies.
How Can You Support Our Campaign?
Carlisle Baths and Washhouse opened in 1884 providing first and second class plunge pools, a ladies plunge pool, slipper baths and laundry facilities. The Turkish Baths were added in 1909 and a Ladies waiting room and slipper baths opened in 1920 to complete the Public Baths.
Today Carlisle’s Grade II listed Turkish Baths are one of only twelve still in operation in the UK and the only ones in the north west of England.
In 2018 Carlisle City Council voted to close the pools in the Baths and in January 2021 the Council commissioned a feasibility study to look at repurposing the Public Baths.
We are on a mission to ensure the Public Baths continue to be used as a building that supports the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.
Please support and help us look after our health and heritage.
As volunteers we rely on donations and fundraising to pay for our publicity, stationery and professional fees. Every pound you give takes us one step closer to achieving our Vision.
Please support us by making a donation today.
The people who will decide the future of Carlisle’s Historic Baths are the local politicians. The Friends are committed to working with the City and County Councils, the local MPs and the new Cumberland Council, but the people politicians listen to most are their constituents.
Please write to your MP and Councillors today and ask them to support the Vision for the Baths.
Over 4,000 people have already signed the petition in support of our Vision. But we need as much support as possible if we are to convince politicians and other key stakeholders to endorse and support our Vision.
Please sign and share our petition today.
This is your opportunity to see the beautiful ornate glazed tiling, aquamarine plunge pool and original wood-panelled relaxation booths with stained glass inlay of the Turkish Baths and learn a little about their history.
Join the Friends of Carlisle’s Victorian and Turkish Baths, where we will be talking about the recent archaeological dig which unearthed evidence of a significant Roman bathhouse next to the River Eden, celebrating the past 114 years of the historic and exquisite Turkish baths, and explaining the invaluable benefits for people’s health and well-being.