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Carlisle Victorian & Turkish Baths


Sunday 21st November 2021

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Carlisle Turkish Baths Exterior

The Details

The buildings date from 1884 when the Public Baths were opened, although altered the two pools remain. Adjacent is the small 1920 extension with stained glass roof light, and the 1909 Grade II listed Victorian style Turkish Baths, one of only 12 that remain in operation in the UK. There were once over 500.

This is your opportunity to see the beautiful ornate glazed tiling, aqua marine plunge pool and original wood paneled relaxation booths with stained glass inlay of the Turkish Baths and learn a little about their history.

An opportunity to see how the baths work today, and discover how your ancestors used them.

Please meet in the entrance to The Pools, the tour will take about 40 minutes.




Heather Swainson
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Yesterday I went with my husband on the heritage tour of the Turkish Baths and WOW! We have lived in Carlisle so long and never realised what a Gem we have on out doorstep. I walk past here most days and never realised just how beautiful it is inside. I can't wait to book a visit with friends and have a relaxed afternoon.
Samantha W
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This place is a hidden gem. A "must see" just to admire the victorian decor. Warm and hot rooms, steam room and sauna and a fabulous cool plunge pool. A peaceful city centre refuge for a couple of hours relaxation at a bargain rate. Ideal for a lone visit or a group of friends.
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We now go to The Turkish Baths on a weekly basis. It helps with our mental and physical wellbeing, the experience is as unique as the beautiful, historic surroundings. We meet up with others who are there for the same reasons and welcome new users. The training pools and Turkish Baths need to be retained as they are for the benefit of all people , not as a leisure facility but to meet the needs of the Health and Wellbeing of the people who need its magic.
Linda W
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Such a fabulous building, just needs a little tlc to bring it to full glory. We really enjoyed our recent visit and will be back next time we’re in Carlisle. I would definitely recommend this amenity.
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We took a Guided Tour of Carlisle Turkish Baths this afternoon. Its such a beautiful building with so much history. The Friends of Carlisle Turkish Baths guided us through the history of the Baths, explaining how to use the baths including all of the different steam rooms and their temperatures, and the amazing plunge pool. It was so exciting to hear all of the groups plans to help save and develop these historical baths. I would highly recommend booking a tour, and I will be booking a session at the Baths to relax in such beautiful surroundings, especially now I know you can book group sessions.
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Attended a tour run by the friends of Carlisle Victorian and Turkish Baths. So informative, really need to save this hidden treasure. Follow them on Facebook for details of further tours


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