Infirmary Street Baths Building

Infirmary Street Baths

The Infirmary Street Baths were the first public baths in Edinburgh, built in 1885 by Robert Morham. Following the enactment in 1846 to Encourage the Establishment of Public Baths and Wash-houses, baths were built in Scotland from the 1850s to provide accessible washing facilities to improve public health. Until the 1870s women had to attend at different times from men. In the Ladies Baths space at Dovecot, we see an example of their needs being considered in the building design. This space is now used by Dovecot Gallery for exhibitions and events, whilst Dovecot Tapestry Studio occupies the main swimming pool area.

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Please note that the Viewing Balcony will be closed on Saturday 27 May from 1pm to 5.30pm due to a private event.

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