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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Birley Spa is Sheffield’s only Victorian bath house with a spring-fed plunge pool.

Learn about this Grade II listed building’s history, its importance to the city’s working class heritage, the wildlife that now calls it home and plans for its future.

After viewing the bath house and plunge pool, you'll then take a short walk around the grounds and hopefully see some of its residents – maybe even the kingfisher. You'll also hear how the area has changed over the years, and about plans for a sensory garden and other planting in the garden.

Tours take place Fridays–Sundays throughout Heritage Open Days, at various times. Book in advance – call Fiona Milne on 07494529747 or email

The talk and tour will be around 40 minutes to an hour.

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Sheffield Heritage Open Days

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sun. 18 September 2022

Ten days to explore heritage treasures across the city.