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Transforming leisure services

Templemore Baths restoration

  • Current status

    The redevelopment of Templemore Baths is part of our £105 million Leisure Transformation Programme for the city. We have secured a £5 million grant from The National Lottery's Heritage Fund towards the £17 million project to restore the existing building to its former glory and extend to provide new facilities.

    Work on Templemore Baths is due to be completed by spring 2023. We will confirm opening dates in due course.

  • Unique selling point

    The overall aim of the project is to create a sustainable, long term leisure facility that will preserve and enhance the surviving original features of this landmark building and extend its footprint to provide modern-day leisure and spa facilities.

    The agreed facilities are:

    Information Details
    Heritage provision
    • Learning and engagement information centring on the history of the baths and surrounding area
    • Restoration of original features, including existing swimming pool 
    • Restoration of existing caretakers house
    Leisure provision
    • existing pool / learner pool
    • 25 metre, six lane pool with partial moveable floor
    • spectator seating
    • 80 station gym
    Additional provision
    • Spa facilities
    • On-site parking
    • Enterprise areas
  • Heritage of the baths

    Templemore Baths are the last working Victorian public baths in Ireland and were opened in the late nineteenth century. They provided washing and sanitary facilities for the families who came to live in east Belfast attracted by the development of the Harland and Wolff shipyard and other manufacturing industries. 

    The baths are one of the few remaining links to a time when inner east Belfast was a thriving industrial community, and although part of the complex remains in use today, around 50 per cent of the building is vacant and in various stages of disrepair. 

    Many of the buildings original features such as the twin entrances, which reflect first and second class admissions, the minor pool and the slipper baths remain largely intact, although they have been long abandoned. This ambitious project will restore these features and ensure they are maintained for future generations to enjoy.

  • Share your Templemore memories and memorabilia

    Within the restored building, the history of Templemore Baths and the surrounding area will be told through artefacts, photographs and personal stories of the people who once swam there, grew up in the area or worked nearby.

    You can help by sending us your photos, memories or objects related to Templemore.

    Email by 13 January 2023 with your stories or information on objects that you think might be of interest.


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