Our first stop was the recently reopened house of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell.
Just a short walk from Gaskell's house is another major restoration work in progress - the Victoria Baths, originally opened in 1906 and left to decay after it was closed in 1993. The Friends of Victoria Baths have worked tirelessly to save the building. We managed to get a glimpse inside on the last weekend it was open to the public before shutting for the winter.
The building has a gorgeous facade and originally had three separate entrances; one for First Class Males, one for Second Class Males and the final one for Females.
This is the Females Pool which was the smallest of the three.
The whole building has remnants of beautiful decorative features from distinctive tiles along the landings and stairways to mosaic floors and stained glass windows. There is a workshop in the basement where volunteers are learning how to repair and restore the stained glass.
The basement also houses the Turkish Baths with their beautiful blue and teal tile work.
Both sites are well worth a visit if you are in the Manchester area.