Govanhill Baths is a Category B Listed Edwardian Baths and Washhouse in Govanhill. Completed in 1917, it is the only surviving building of its type in Glasgow. The building was designed by A.B. McDonald and houses three swimming pools, a Turkish Suite, slipper baths, and a large washhouse or steamie. For almost a century it sat at the heart of Govanhill’s diverse and vibrant community. In 2001, faced with the imminent closure of the baths by the council, local people occupied the building in what became the longest continual occupation of a civic building in British history. This historic campaign saw the baths saved for future generations, and the creation of a Trust to oversee a complete refurbishment of the building. This work is currently underway, and the building is due to reopen as a community wellbeing centre in 2022. The Doors Open Days tours are a chance to see behind-the-scenes of this hugely ambitious refurbishment, and get a sneak peek at this beloved building as it is restored to its former glory.
Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) operates as a Limited Company by Guarantee, a Charitable Trust and a Preservation Trust. It is responsible for running wide-ranging community wellbeing activities, as well as education and training. These are aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at people from the G41/G42 postcodes. The Trust has a successful social enterprise project and leading Upcycling project Rags to Riches. It also runs the groundbreaking People’s Pantry, a membership-based initiative aimed at tackling food poverty and reducing waste.
Tours Saturday and Sunday @ 10am, 11:30am, 13:00pm, 14:30pm
Tour duration: 1 hour