Keen swimmers are being invited for one day only next month to take the plunge in Manchester’s historic Victoria Baths – for the first time in 24 years.
The Longsight Baths will host a fundraising heritage swim event on Sunday May 14 to raise funds and to increase awareness of this historic gem as it continues its restoration journey.
The Grade II* listed building was built in 1906, but hasn’t been used as a public swimming pool since March 1993.
Gill Wright, project development manager for Victoria Baths, said: “We are hoping to create an experience that enables people to relive the Baths in its heyday and to demonstrate what a wonderful and unique swimming experience it offers.
“Looking to the future, our vision is for a time when the pool is fully in use. We want to give people a taste of how special that will be.”
BATHING IN STYLE: The glamorous Victoria Baths, built in 1906, will be used for swimming for the first time since 1993
Swimmers will be able to use the changing cubicles and the water will be heated, however, be prepared for cool temperatures as it’s an outdoor pool.
Tickets are available for £15 from today at www.victoriabaths.eventbrite.co.uk. Minimum age is eight.