Taking a Turkish Bath firstly involves relaxing in a a warm room that is heated by hot dry air abefore moving on to a hotter room still before plunging into an ice cold pool. The bather finally retires to the cooling room to relax.
The benefits of a Turkish Bath come from the effects of the extreme heat changes and the stimulation of the body. It is believed to preserve health as well as giving a thorough clean!
Turkish baths were very popular in Victorian times and are often feature very beautiful architecture, although there are unfortunately only a hand full left in the country.
Turkish Baths, City Centre Pool, Newcastle
City Pool, Northumberland Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8SE.
These have now closed due to Newcastle City council budget cuts.
These were one of the best kept secrets in Newcastle are the Turkish Baths.
City Pool Turkish Bath were one of only four original baths in the country and had two hot rooms, a steam room, Jacuzzi and rest area, but were closed due to the city council budget cuts; although there is a campaign to try to save them.
Turkish Baths and Pools, James Street, Carlisle
The building date from 1874 and still contains some of it's original features.
The Pools Swimming and Health Centre, Carlisle (5 minutes from the centre of Carlisle).
Three swimming pools and the Turkish Baths. The Turkish Baths are a stunning piece of Victorian architecture and also a fully functioning and very popular Turkish Baths facility. Featuring cubicles for relaxation, a variety hot rooms, sauna box, steam room and plunge pool. It is the perfect place to relax or wind down.
The Victorian Suite is open to Men only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Women only sessions are Tuesday and Thursday and the suite is open for mixed use on Saturdays and Sundays.
Wet N Wild
Rotary Way, North Shields (next to the Royal Quays Factory Shopping Outlet).
Wet N Wild closed in October 2013
Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre
Greencroft, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9DP
The only outdoor swimming pool in the region. The three outdoor pools are heated to over 80 degrees fa. There's now a 5 meter high flume and the pool also has giant inflatables. Open from the 14th of April to the end of September
Wentworth Park, Hexham, Northumberland
Has a large modern main pool and a studio pool and a well equiped fitness suite. But does not have any flumes or wave machines
Front Street, Prudhoe, Northumberland
Admission : Charges apply currently £5.10 Adult, £3.05 Child
Has a 25m pool incorporated into a free form shape with shallow beach area, a wave machine and 40m aqua-slide.
Link to Waterworld, Prudhoe
Newburn Activity Centre
Newburn Activity Centre, Grange Road, Newburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE15 8ND
Newburn Activity Centre is situated fifteen minutes East of Newcastle City centre on the banks of the River Tyne (The Hadrians Way path passes it) in the beautiful Tyne Valley. Indoor activities boast a climbing wall 12.5 meters high with automatic belays for the single climber, a three tiered soft play area, the very impressive Impulse fitness suite.
Sunderland Wall, Pallion, Sunderland (two minutes walk from Pallion Metro)
Open 10am to 8pm at weekends and 10am-10pm Monday to Friday this is a dedicated climbing centre.
Sands Centre, Carlisle
The Sands Centre, Carlisle, CA1 1JQ
There's a climbing wall in the leisure centre. Check the website for details as you will need to book.