Newcastle's City Baths re-open following £7.5m restoration

The City Baths in Newcastle have re-opened to the public following a £7.5 million restoration.

Fusion, the leisure charity responsible for the renovation of South London’s Brockwell Lido and Brighton’s Saltdean Lido, undertook the restoration, which included a full refurbishment of the pool, luxury spa, sauna, gym and fitness studios. The baths originally closed in 2013.

“The baths have been enjoyed by generations of locals since they opened in 1928 and are a cultural icon to the residents of the city,” said Anthony Cawley, director of operations at Fusion Lifestyle.

Prices for the bath will be kept reasonable according to Cawley, who told The Guardian: “We want to make it affordable to all.”

The re-opening of City Baths, one of just 11 historic Turkish baths currently in operation in the UK, follows a recent trend of historical bath restorations, including Hertfordshire’s Welwyn Roman Baths.

Other locations set to return in the near future include Ipswich’s Broomhill outdoor pool, Glasgow’s Govanhill baths, and the Cleveland pools in Bath, which is the birthplace of the Roman bath between 60-70CE.

Not too long ago, the restored Turkish Baths in Harrogate struggled to find therapists to work at the premises, prompting concerns over a serious loss of income.