Turkish baths still open in the UK:

ENGLAND
 

                  

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Turkish baths still open to the public,
or to members of clubs

PLEASE NOTE

that this list includes only Victorian style Turkish baths (as defined in the Introduction to the website). Such baths circulate heated dry air through one or more hot rooms. The list does not include sauna, banya or Russian (steam or vapour) baths.

Some Turkish bath establishments do include such facilities in addition to the Turkish bath, but they are not part of the process of taking a Turkish bath.

The total number of remaining Turkish baths was last revised on 07 September 2013 when twelve Victorian style Turkish baths were listed as still being open in the British Isles. Nine of these were in England (two of which were built during Queen Victoria's reign) and three (all of which were built during Queen Victoria's reign) were in Scotland. 
 


Opening times and the designati0n of sessions

(as being for men, women, couples, mixed,  or naturist)

change frequently so this guide gives addresses and phone numbers only.

You should also note that even though establishments may not

have closed down permanently, they may close from time to time

for repairs or 'refurbishment'.

Do contact the baths first before paying a visit

 and check when they are currently open.

                     

Map of the British Isles


 
 

ENGLAND

SCOTLAND

 
   

This table was last revised on 23 March 2014

BIRMINGHAM
Erdingt
on Baths
Mason Road
B24 9EJ

(01214) 640 520
  

Caldarium and laconicum at Birmingham
The two hottest rooms

Full details of times, prices, and much else on their  website

Naturist sessions are organised every Thursday by the independent TESS club who should first be contacted at
0775 127 6755

CARLISLE
Victorian Health Suite
James Street
CA2 5AZ

(01228) 625 777

Looking towards the hot rooms, Carlisle
Looking towards the hot rooms

Sessions: men, women, and mixed

Full details of times, prices, and much else on their  website

HARROGATE
Turkish Baths & Health Spa
Parliament Street
HG1 2WH

(01423) 556 746

Victorian

Royal Turkish Baths, Harrogate: cooling room
The cooling-room

Sessions: women, and mixed

At the moment there are no longer any sessions for men alone, though this may be a breach of sexual discrimination acts by a facility run by or for a local authority

Their excellent website has further information

Naturist sessions are organised by the independent Coast & Country Naturists who can be contacted, between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm on (01723) 503 456 

LONDON: Islington
Ironmonger Row Baths
1 Norman Street
EC1V 3AA

0203 642 5521

Ironmonger Row Turkish Baths, London
Painting: Suzie Balazs, for Islington Council

Sessions: men, women, and mixed

Full details of times, prices, and much else on their website

LONDON: Tower Hamlets spa
York Hall Leisure Centre

Old Ford Road
E2 9PJ

0208 709 5845

spa LONDON
One of the refurbished hot rooms

Sessions: men, women, and mixed

Full details of times, prices, and much else on their website which includes the  Turkish baths  on the page headed Thermal Spa

LONDON: Westminster
The Porchester Centre
Queensway
W2 5HS

020 7792 3980

Cooling room and plunge at Porchester Centre
The (very) cold plunge pool

Full details of times, prices, and much else on their website (If you can find it!!!!)

In the meantime you can find the information here, but as it's an independent site, it may not last.

LONDON CLUB
Royal Automobile Club
89-91 Pall Mall
SW1Y 5HS

The Turkish bath, and all other club facilities, are only available to Members of the Royal Automobile Club.

The facilities are NOT available to subscribers to RAC motoring services which are now operated by a company  entirely separate from the Club.

NORTHAMPTON
Mounts Baths
Leisure Centre Health Suite
Upper Mounts
Northampton
NN1 3DN

(01604) 636 003
(01604) 635 221


Plunge pool

Sessions: men, women, mixed, over 50s, families

Full details of times and prices on their
website.

Naturist sessions are organised by the independent Northampton Sun Club:
(07855) 162 947

SWINDON
Health Hydro
Milton Road
SN1 5JA

(01793) 465 630

Victorian

Stained-glass window, Swindon Health Hydro
Window in original women's bath

Sessions: men, women, and mixed

Full details of times and prices on their website.

Details of naturist sessions: 07989 190938 or
(01242) 233 852

 

 
 

SCOTLAND

ENGLAND

 
   

This table was last revised on 30 July 2013

EDINBURGH
Portobello Swim Centre
57
Promenade  
EH15 2
BS

0131 669 6888

Victorian

Relaxation area at Portobello Swim Centre
The relaxation area

Sessions: men, women, and mixed

Website: Turkish baths page

GLASGOW CLUB
Arlington Baths Club
61 Arlington Street
G3 6DT

0141 332 6021 

Victorian


The
cooling-room

The club is for members only, members being required to pay an annual subscription.

Full details of membership, and much else, on their  website

GLASGOW CLUB
Western Baths Club
12 Cranworth Street
Hillhead

G
12 8BZ

0141 339 1127

Victorian

One of the hot rooms at the Western Baths Club
One of the hot rooms

The club is for members only, on payment of an annual subscription. As at October 2004, there is up to a 3 month waiting list for membership.
Full details of the club's subscriptions, facilities, history, and much else on their website.

Naturist sessions are organised by the independent Scottish Outdoor Club. Details: (0141) 777 8857

ENGLAND

 

Tony Garratt, who suggested identifying the Victorian Turkish baths above;
Dave Hewitt, for finding two baths which had eluded me for over nine years;
Ian Tresman, for his idea of the general location map;
Tony Zimnoch, for help in updating the page

                                    

 
 

 

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