General view inside Warrender Park baths.
General view inside Warrender Park baths.

Edinburgh's Victorian swimming pools and where to find them

When it comes to vintage public baths, Scotland’s capital city has a depth of choice.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 6:03 pm

As it turns out, our Victorian forefathers were obsessed with the physical benefits brought about by the provision of public swimming pools.

And with the vast majority still in operation to this day, it’s abundantly clear they were built to last.

In recent years, Warrender and Glenogle public baths have been completely refurbished, while at Leith Victoria and Portobello – which houses one of Scotland’s three surviving Victorian-built Turkish baths – experts are applying the finishing touches to bring the magnificent vintage facilities back to their best.

With Covid restrictions easing, many locals will be looking for the nearest facility to wash away those lockdown blues.

And where better to do just that than within one of the city’s 19th century temples to swimming, complete with poolside changing cubicles, glass roofs, and ornate support columns?

So, without much further ado, grab a towel, a cloth cap, and your finest cotton bathing costume, and join us, as we take a virtual dip into Edinburgh’s surviving Victorian swimming baths.

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