First customers are finally able to see inside Newcastle's Turkish Baths eight years on from their closure.

The historic baths, in the basement rooms of The City Baths, have undergone a multi-million-pound restoration and now have reopened to reveal the results.

The revamp bringing the facility back into business sees it resume its role as one of just 11 historic Turkish baths in operation in the UK.

Read more: see how Newcastle's City Pool looked ahead of its revamp

The wood-panelled treatment rooms, private areas, dip-pool and sauna have undergone a sensitive restoration, with several traditional features being retained and which, combined with modern upgrades, provide what's described as an "authentic Turkish Baths experience".

The Turkish Baths in Newcastle have reopened after a major revamp
The Turkish Baths in Newcastle have reopened after a major revamp

There are ornate Art Deco-inspired relaxation rooms, heated chambers with temperatures ranging from 40C to 70C and plunge showers.

Gregg Holland, regional business manager at Fusion Lifestyle - the leisure charity granted a lease by Newcastle City Council to redevelop the site, said: “It has been fantastic to be part of the team that has breathed life back into this unique building.

Newcastle has one of just a few operational Turkish Baths in the country
Newcastle has one of just a few operational Turkish Baths in the country

"We’ve worked with expert craftsmen throughout the renovation process to ensure we have retained as many of the original features as possible and we can now provide both a nostalgic and authentic experience for our customers."

The reopening of the Turkish Baths, which follows the ambitious restoration of the City Pool and had a 'soft launch' for customers without any fanfare, is set to be followed by the opening of a spa.

It's all part of the overhaul of the whole building which closed in 2013 as part of a cost-cutting exercise that saw the closure of a number of centres, libraries and museums across the North East, says Fusion.

The success follows a campaign by local residents to reopen the venue and investment by the charity, with Chroniclelive's video below showing how the venue looked ahead of the work which cost at least £7.5m.

Gregg added: “The City Baths have been enjoyed by generations of Geordies since they opened in 1928 and I’m incredibly proud to say that the Turkish Baths can now be enjoyed for generations to come.

“Following the Turkish Baths’ highly-anticipated launch, we’ll soon be opening our luxury spa, offering a host of treatments from facials and massages to manicures and mud wraps.

The results of the multi-million-pound revamp has been revealed
The results of the multi-million-pound revamp has been revealed

“The spa is the last piece of the puzzle and the final step towards making this building become the culturally important icon it once was.”

The City Baths is open in Northumberland Road, Newcastle, from 7am until 8.30pm on weekdays and from 8am until 4pm at weekends.

Prices for the Turkish Baths range from £15 per session. There are also various membership options and there will be full and half day packages available to combine use of the Turkish Baths and swimming pool with a spa treatment.

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