Jacobs Wells Baths Heritage and Architecture Drop In – Saturday, 3 Dec

Jacobs Wells Baths Heritage and Architecture Drop In this Saturday 1 – 4pm

This Saturday, 3rd December, between 1 – 4 pm, Jacobs Wells Baths doors will be open to the public.

The drop in is an important opportunity for the people of Bristol to find out more, explore and experience this important heritage building, and to give their views about its future.

The drop in will have a particular focus on celebrating and learning about the history and architecture of this Grade 2 listed building.

There will be a number of talks during the afternoon, displays, slide shows and tours and activities for children. Come and find out about:

  • the original pool
  • the hot baths
  • the cold baths
  • the mini Turkish suite
  • the overhead cast iron tanks that stored Springwater from Jacobs Wells spring
  • the chimney stack
  • the amazing rosewood sprung dance floor.


The Public Baths were designed in 1881 and opened in 1887 By Josiah Thomas. The building hosted a covered pool with a semi-circular steel truss roof carried on steel corbels of Northern Renaissance Revival style, as well as Warm Baths.  The architecture is stunning.

The Public Baths were converted into a Dance Centre c1980 with a fantastic and nationally revered Rosewood sprung floorBristol Dance Centre was founded in 1976 and is the longest serving dance dedicated organisation in the UK.  Bristol City Council, who own the building, did not renew the Dance Centre lease and they left the building in 2016.

Artspace Lifespace have a licence to occupy and are looking after the building on behalf of Bristol City Council while making the space accessible to a wide variety of creative influencers.  A feasibility study is currently being undertaken to help to decide the long term future of the building.

If you would like further information regarding Jacobs Wells Baths, dance space, rehearsals, exhibition/space avails or if you would like to volunteer and be part of this very exciting project please contact: jacobswellsbaths@artspacelifespace.com. FaceBook:  JWBaths.Centre Twitter: JWBaths_Centre

If you would like to contribute to the conversation but are not able to come along on the day please take part in our online survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JACOBSWELLSBATHS.

To find out more about the Heritage and History of the building see History of Jacobs Wells Bath Complex.


Some more images of the baths:





What’s On at Jacobs Wells Baths Centre in the next months, hope you can join us!

3rd Dec Consultation Day #3 History and Heritage

2-19th January Rosalind Turner, Bristol School of Bravery for Women

21th January Short Stuff Family Day, Jump around Kid Carpet   See Facebook Event

29th January Music Day for All by Jacobs Wells Community Hub