About us

Dive into our history, learn about our plans for the future!

*Poster art by Eric Jackson, Statement Artworks www.statementartworks.com

Introducing Withington Baths

Lovingly embedded in the local community, the not-for-profit Love Withington Baths is Manchester’s last working Edwardian pool. In 2013, Love Withington Baths took over the day-to-day running of the Baths, saving it from closure. Once upon a time, public baths were built all across the city and were an integral part of Manchester’s industrialisation, supporting healthier lifestyles for working people.

The foundation stone was laid in 1911, with the Baths opening on 1st May 1913. In 2015 the pool was saved from closure and taken over by Love Withington Baths, which is a community-led charitable organisation.

The Edwardian Baths currently hosts a 23-metre swimming pool, sauna, gym and two studios as well as a café and coworking space, Withington Works.

Meet the team

A historical community landmark

Today, Withington Baths remains not just a historic landmark but a vibrant space where the past blends seamlessly with the present, welcoming all to be part of its rich narrative.

With an emphasis on community engagement and promoting a healthy lifestyle, Withington Baths is a popular centre for individuals and families looking to stay active and social.

Grant information

Thanks to support from our local community, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Manchester City Council, we have been able to complete a large restoration phase, bringing this Edwardian gem closer to its former glory and cement its purpose within our community. The National Lottery Heritage Fund donated £1m and we also received two smaller grants from the Garfield Weston Foundation (£30,000) and The Oglebsy Charitable Trust (£30,000).


Volunteering at Withington Baths provides a rewarding experience with valuable opportunities for you to engage in. It allows you to learn about our ambition, operation and delivery.

Roles to get involved in:

  • Volunteer Heritage Maintenance Officer
  • Volunteer Research Officer
  • Volunteer Gardener
  • Volunteer Heritage Tour Guide

If you would like to hear more about any of the roles above, please email Emma for a role description and volunteer application by clicking below.

Leisure programme roles

In addition to the above, we also offer the following roles related to our leisure programme:
• Assistant Swim Teacher
• Duke of Edinburgh placements

If you are interested in hearing more about either of these two roles, please contact Love Withington Baths reception by clicking below.

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