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Date posted 08 Jul 2021

Carlisle’s Victorian Health Suite is set to re-open!

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, use the Better UK app or call the Pools team on 07823349365. 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 what a fine example of the attention to detail that designers and workers of this era were renowned for. The site is managed by GLL on behalf of Carlisle City Council.

Clark Morton, The Pools, General Manager at Better, said:
“If you haven’t yet visited the Victorian Health Suite, we encourage you to experience the therapeutic benefits within a unique part of Carlisle history and you can expect leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and proud of your local heritage. You’ll be stepping back in time and will be able to marvel at the flamboyant style of the blue, green and grey glazed brick work, on each side there are two elegantly decorated columns. This is the lounge area where there are ten relaxation rooms each separated by the original wooden screens of art nouveau panels. The ceiling area is very impressive; the windows are bordered by stained glass providing an abundance of natural light highlighting the features of this wonderful facility.”