Arlington Update July 2023

26th July 2023

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Annual Maintenance Closure

12th July 2023

Members are reminded that the club will close for annual maintenance from Monday 17 July to Wednesday 26 July, inclusive. During this time, arrangements have been made for members to access the Western Baths Club. Please ensure you have your door entry card to hand to present on arrival. James Findlay General Manager

Constitutional Review - Members Survey

6th July 2023

As part of the constitutional review, members should have received a membership survey.

AGM Reminder

22nd May 2023

Reminder to members of the 153rd AGM of the Arlington Baths Club.

Arlington Update May 2023

8th May 2023

Read the latest news from the Arlington.

Arlington Update February 2023

27th February 2023

Read the latest news from the club.

General Manager's Report

13th February 2023

News from the General Manager.

Pond Re-opening

19th October 2022

Further to the current swimming pond closure, we anticipate that the pond will re-open, subject to a positive microbiological reading, on Friday 21 October at 6.30am.

Pond Closure - Update

10th October 2022

Arrangements have been confirmed with the Western Baths, that club members may, from TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER, use the swimming pool facilities only, during the period of pool closure

Pond Closed

7th October 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform members that the pool will be closed from 12pm today.

12 Years of Work

16th September 2022

As we look forward to welcoming Glasgow Doors Open Day festival visitors this weekend, here is a quick look back at the works undertaken to improve the club since we first took part in the festival 12 years ago.

Club Closed - Monday 19 September

15th September 2022

Dear member You will be aware of the Government announced public holiday of national mourning which is being held on the day of the Queen’s funeral. You may also know many public organisations, leisure facilities, shops and venues will also be closed. On this exceptional occasion therefore, we are closing to allow our staff to have a day off with their friends and families. Normal arrangements will continue thereafter. General Manager

Progress of the Club

11th September 2022

The Club has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 years. Our treasurer Tim Pearson has been doing some number crunching.

Lower Showers Delay

7th May 2022

Update on the lower showers refurbishment.

New Year New Showers

29th January 2022

Work will soon start on the lower showers find out more...

Longer Opening Hours

1st November 2021

Dear member Just a quick note to let you know the club will now open half an hour earlier during the week. From Monday 1 November we’ll be open at 6.30am Monday to Friday. Best wishes Gordon McDougall Chairman

Battle of the Bathmasters

30th September 2021

For Sporting Heritage Day, we proudly present Battle of the Bathmasters! A dramatisation of a 1879 media spat and a public contest of women's swimming skills!

Anniversary celebrations Friday 30 July - Sunday 1 August

26th July 2021

This weekend is the 150th anniversary of the opening of our doors.

Anniversary Celebrations Friday 30 July - Sunday 1 August

19th July 2021

It is 150 years since we opened our doors. Find out about the packed weekend of activities we have planned.

Arlington Baths Club @150

18th July 2021

On August 1st it is 150 years since we opened our doors. We have a bumper weekend of celebrations planned.

Coronavirus Lockdown Update

18th July 2021

Read the latest changes to the way the club will operate.

Children’s Art Competition & Exhibition

10th June 2021

As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations we are holding a children's art competition and exhibition. Find out more.

Level 2 Changes to Safe Use Rules

4th June 2021

Read about the changes to the way the Club can operate as Glasgow moves into level 2 overnight.

Club Reopening 07:00 Monday 26 April

23rd April 2021

As country moves back into level 3, the club will reopen on Monday 26th April 07:00. Please keep checking the website and social media feeds for further updates

Coronavirus Update

23rd February 2021

Read the latest update from the club chairman on the route to wards re-opening.

Coronavirus Closedown

22nd December 2020

It’s been the toughest of years 2020, but thankfully it’ll soon be over. And it’s good to see vaccinations being rolled out. The club will be closing at 4pm on Christmas Eve and open again in around 3 weeks time if restrictions are eased.

Club Reopening 18:00 Friday 11 December

8th December 2020

The First Minister confirmed today that Glasgow will return to Level 3, meaning gyms and pools will be allowed to reopen. The Club intends to reopen at 18:00 Friday 11 December.

Stocking Fillers

4th December 2020

Looking for a Christmas gift? this year a range of stocking fillers including new mugs featuring the traditional hand painted signs from around the pond. All proceeds go to our restoration fund.

COVID -19 Level 4 Restrictions

18th November 2020


Digital Book Week Scotland: 16-22 November 2020

3rd November 2020

In November we’re usually gearing up to welcome readers and writers into the Baths as part of Book Week Scotland. Sadly we can’t do that this year but here’s a few events that might be of interest, including launches and a discussion event from our regular Book Week Scotland collaborators Ringwood Publishing.

Digital Doors Open 2020

8th September 2020

The club takes part in the Doors Open Day festival each year. This year it will be a little different! We have created a self walking tour of some of the founders of the baths and a virtual tour of the building.

When The World's Greatest Dancer Came To Visit

2nd September 2020

45 years ago this month, Rudolf Nureyev. one of the greatest ballet dancer visited the baths.

We've Made A Bit Of A Splash

31st August 2020

Today's press coverage of the re-opening of indoor pools and gyms in Scotland,

Cleanliness and Godliness

30th August 2020

The club gets a mention on the eve of reopening in the sermon from St Mary's Cathedral.


24th August 2020

Details of the new arrangements for using the club.


20th August 2020

Statement from the Chairman on the plans to re-open the Baths.

Arlington Baths on Heart Radio

29th July 2020

Listen the the chairman of the baths discussing the challenges of lockdown with Heart Radio.

Watch the Baths on STV News

13th July 2020

Courtney Cameron from STV News visits the Arlington and interviews some members about what we love about the baths in our 150th year,

Birthday wishes lodged at Holyrood and Westminster

12th July 2020

A big thank you to local representatives Pauline McNeil MSP and Patrick Grady MP who have lodged motions in Holyrood and Westminster in support of the baths historic contribution to life in the city on our 150th year.

Listen to the Bath’s Chairman on BBC GMS

11th July 2020

Listen to Bath’s Chairman Gordon McDougall on BBC Good Morning Scotland.

Coffee & Birthday Cake at the Baths

11th July 2020

Here are some pictures of the socially distanced outdoor coffee and birthday cake to celebrate our foundation on 11th July 1870

Founders of the Arlington Baths Club

11th July 2020

150 years ago today a group of Glaswegian gentlemen came together to form a company to construct a swimming pool on Arlington Street. Today the baths endures as the oldest swimming club in the UK. Our history group have been researching the founding of the club and the men behind it.

Jenn & LB serenade the Baths

10th July 2020

An impromptu birthday gig for the baths from Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter.

Happy Birthday to Us!

9th July 2020

Founded on the 11th July 1870, the Arlington Baths Club is still run and owned by members. Help us celebrate our 150th year.

VE Day 75

9th May 2020

Remembering some Second World War stories from the Arlington Baths this weekend.

Clubbing Together - Lucy

26th April 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. Lucy Janes is involved in the club’s History Group and is a member of our elected board. She joined around 10 years ago, after visiting on Doors Open Day

Clubbing Together - Surviving the 1947 Polio epidemic

15th April 2020

As families recovered from the second world war, a new threat hit the country. A viral epidemic spread and cost lives until a vaccine was found. History Group Volunteer Will Jess looks at how members and the club copied with the polio outbreak...

Clubbing Together - Get In Touch

12th April 2020

We’re asking what people love about the baths and we’d love to share your memories of gala days and competitions. Especially if you were one of these daring young men on our flying trapeze! Drop an email to and we’ll add it to all the others we’re sharing online.

Clubbing Together - James

10th April 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. The club may be a Grade A listed building of historic significance, but it would be nothing without members and loyal staff who make it extra special. Most have met our Deputy General Manager James Findlay, some will even remember the young graduate just out of Langside College...

Clubbing Together - Colin

9th April 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. Lots of people use the club for lot of reasons. Some never venture upstairs to our gym, some spend all their time in our Turkish Suite. And some, like Colin Fergus Smith are a more likely to be found in our Members Lounge than our pond...

Clubbing Together - Clare

8th April 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. A few years ago the BBC documentary Pleasure Palace introduced the club to television viewers. And as Clare McCann told us, one star of the programme was close to many members...

Clubbing Together - Colin, Sandie, Gavin & Lindsey

7th April 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. For Colin and Sandie Scott, diving in to the baths really was a family affair. Colin told us why they’re sticking with us...

Clubbing Together - Conflict & Crisis

6th April 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. A club that’s 150 years old has a wealth of stories waiting to be told. Our History Group volunteers are passionate about our architecture, our membership and a social history that span the generations. The current pandemic isn’t of course the first crisis in a century and a half, both World Wars had a devastating impact on many families. Lucy Janes delved into our archive to discover how people coped during the Second World War and how the generosity of members saw their club through the conflict...

Clubbing Together - Lynsey, Alan, Abbey & Logan

4th April 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. Many Arlington families can trace membership back through the generations. Lynsey Smith is from one of those. In fact as one of our water babies, it seems she almost learned to swim before she learned to walk. And she’s sticking with us...

Fee Options During the COVID-19 Closedown

4th April 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Board have been looking at the Bath's finances and have made arrangements for the payment of fees.

Clubbing Together - Alistair

3rd April 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. One by one, Glasgow’s Victorian bathing complexes went to the wall. But after a well known Eastend members club collapsed, Alistair Macnaughton moved westward. And he’s sticking with us...

Clubbing Together - Ruby & Martyn

2nd April 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. Having joined last September, Ruby Alden-Gibson and Martyn Cook are amongst our newest members. Books and bathing go hand in hand for them. And as full time Trade Unionists, they’re sticking with us to support our staff...

Clubbing Together - Karen & Simon

1st April 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. Karen Willey and Simon Dell met twenty-eight years ago, but Simon’s mother Muriel encouraged Karen to start another love affair...

Clubbing Together - Tricia

31st March 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. Patricia Fort is a retired British Rail Civil Engineer and she is one of the Arlington’s ‘early birds’. She’s as passionate about cycling as she is about swimming, not to mention the odd shower or two... She joined 23 years ago and told us why she’s sticking with us...

Clubbing Together - Andrew

30th March 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. It’s fair to say that CalMac marketing boss Andrew Macnair has a certain affinity with water, when he isn’t floating about in our pond, he’s likely to be bobbing about on a boat. He joined in 2017 and told us why he’s sticking with us...

Clubbing Together - Tracy, Will & Heather

29th March 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. When Tracy Burnett moved back to Glasgow, she made a happy discovery and a chunk of new friends. She joined with her family in 2010 and told us why they’re sticking with us.

Clubbing Together - Marion

28th March 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. Marion Gardyne may have retired from teaching, but she’s as busy as ever producing art that’s been exhibited all over the city and in the club. Marion first joined in 2001, took a wee break to travel, then dived straight back in on her return. It’s fair to say she’s missing us and she’s sticking with us.

Clubbing Together - Fiona & Keith

27th March 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. Fiona Macdonald works with Public Health Scotland and her husband Keith, works with Médecins Sans Frontières. Fiona joined in 1991 when she moved to Glasgow as a graduate. Twenty years later Keith was told - you’re joining the club...

Clubbing Together - Patrick

26th March 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. First elected in 2015, Patrick Grady is our local MP. He sees chilling out in the club as a perfect way to relax after the hurly-burly of politics in Westminster. He joined two years ago and told us why he’s decided to stick with us...

Clubbing Together - Lynn & Dave

25th March 2020

We’re asking people what they love about the baths. Lynn Henderson is head of the PCS Union in Scotland and her partner Dave Moxham is Deputy General Secretary of the STUC. They’ve been club members for 7 years and told us why they’ve decided to stick with us...

Stick With Us

21st March 2020

COVID -19 Update Club Closure Friday 20 March 9:30pm

19th March 2020


COVID -19 Coronavirus Update

17th March 2020

Advice on visiting and using the baths during the on going COVID19 pandemic.

Robert Burns Scotland

Burns Night - Fine Food For A Fiver - 24th January 2020

18th January 2020

The Baths has had many Burns Nights over its 150 year history but it's been wee while since we had one. It’s almost on Burns Night, so on Friday 24th January at 7.00pm. We’ll have traditional haggis, neeps and tatties as well as other delicious culinary delights. Guests are especially welcome, so do bring a pal or two, introduce them to the baths and get to know some other members over a drink and some food. If you feel like reciting some poetry there will be time for that too.

149th Annual General Meeting

19th April 2019

Notice is hereby given of the Club's 149th Annual General Meeting. The AGM will take place in the Club on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 7.00pm. Members are requested to attend.

Want to be a Lifesaver?

12th January 2019

The Club is running the Royal Life Saving Society UK National Lifeguard course from Monday 18th February - Saturday 23rd February. The RLSSUK qualification is the most widely recognised lifesaving course in the UK & Ireland.

Book Week at the Baths 2018

5th November 2018

From Monday 19th November to Saturday 24th November, we're taking part in Book Week Scotland again, and there are even more events to choose from. A jam packed programme exploring: Glasgow, Scottish identity, what makes the modern family, women spies, creative writing tips and even poetry responding to the writing of Muriel Spark in this the centenary year of her birth. There will be, readings, book sales and signings at all the events, and a short tour of the Baths at 6pm each day. All free!

Lost Glasgow: More Than Just Memories

13th April 2018

The Baths is very pleased to be hosting the phenomenal Lost Glasgow exhibition from 28th April to 3rd June 2018. Lost Glasgow chronicles in pictures the amazing story of our city from grand buildings to domestic scenes.

Club library for Arlington Baths members

9th March 2018

We've opened a small library with books and games for members to enjoy in the Baths.

Book Week at the Baths – listen again!

28th December 2017

Listen again to talks on swimming suffragettes, supernatural sleuths and novel inspiration. Recorded during Book Week Scotland 2017 at the Arlington Baths Club.

Christmas and New Year opening hours

23rd December 2017

Opening hours for the Arlington Baths Club from 23 December 2017 to 2 January 2018.

Collage of symmetrical geometric red shape like a star

Art inspired by Glasgow architecture on show at the Arlington Baths

14th November 2017

An exhibition at the Arlington Baths will display collages inspired by Glasgow’s magnificent Victorian architecture, including features from the Arlington Baths’ building. Artist Marion Gardyne creates works using photographs taken with her ‘sketchbook’ camera of iconic Glasgow buildings. Art and architecture merge in her work and results in quirky, kaleidoscopic, 3D-effect collages. She has created new bespoke collages illustrating some of the details of the magnificent Category A listed Victorian building.

Logo of Book Week Scotland 2017

Book Week at the Baths

3rd October 2017

We're taking part in Book Week Scotland for the first time with a series of free talks, readings, signings and chats. Book Week Scotland is a nationwide celebration of books and reading from Monday 27 November to Sunday 3 December 2017. There will be book sales and signings at all the events, and a short tour of the Baths at 6pm each day.

Marion Gardyne art
Marion Gardyne Art
Marion Gardyne Collage

art work by Marion Gardyne 

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