Entrance to former Ormeau Public Baths, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.

The Ormeau Avenue Public Baths date from the late 1880s. They were designed by Robert Watt and contained two swimming pools and 36 private baths.

For local people, they were an important as many working class houses lacked running water supplied through taps, let alone hot water.

These baths had a major impact in promoting public health through improving personal sanitation and hygiene in the city.[1]

The bath continued operation until the late 1970s when structural problems were discovered and many domestic homes had indoor baths.

In the 1990s, the building was reopened as a gallery space to showcase contemporary art, offices and an event venue.

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[1] https://ormeaubaths.com/story/ Accessed 2.7.21.