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Victorian Health Suite

Published on 12 July 2021

Victorian Health Suite

The Victorian Health Suite based on James Street; Carlisle is set to re-open on Monday 19 July 2021.

One of just a handful of similar facilities still operating in the UK, the grade II listed building facility has been spruced up in advance of the reopening.

Work to refurbish the sauna seating plus re-painting of the lounge ceiling has improved the look of the building which was first designed in the late 1800s.

The facilities include a sauna, steam room and three heated rooms with a unique ornately tiled relaxation lounge featuring a cold plunge pool.

The facility is commonly referred to as the Turkish Health Suite because of its style which was inspired by Turkish baths popular throughout the Middle East, which creative Victorian designers wanted to replicate in the UK.

Visitors wanting to sample the site can book online at https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/carlisle/the-pools/1293-the-pools, use the Better app or call The Pools team on 07823 349365. Bookings can be made up to seven days in advance. Please visit the website for entry prices.

The site is available to visit Monday - Friday between 9.30am to 8.30pm and Saturday - Sunday 9.30am - 1.00pm. Sessions are mixed on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; Men’s on Monday and Friday then Ladies on Tuesday and Thursday.

This elegantly designed facility was completed in 1909 (Edwardian era) and is a fine example of the attention to detail that designers and workers of this era are renowned for.

The site is managed by GLL on behalf of Carlisle City Council.

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