Abandoned ireland


Dun Laoghaire Baths / Rainbow Rapids


Documenting our Heritage

The public swimming baths at Dun Laoghaire originally date from the 1790s but were removed in 1836 when the railway line was built.

In 1843 the new Royal Victorian Baths were built beside Scotman’s Bay.  They were extremely popular and Dun Laoghaire became of the best and most popular places in Ireland to bathe. There was a range of bathing options including sea and fresh water, hot and cold baths. Children had their own pond and paddling pools and there was medical baths. These included sulphur, seaweed and Russian and hot sea-water. Moderate charges helped to increase their popularity as well as the fact that they were maintained to a high standard. Service was excellent and included the provision of hot towels if required. There was a tea- room nearby providing refreshments for the bathers. Buses and trains offered a regular means of transport to and from Dun Laoghaire.

In 1910 the baths were completely rebuilt by Kingstown Town Council.

During the 1970s heated indoor pools were added as well as a water fun park (Rainbow Rapids).

In 1997 the outdoor baths were closed when a proposal was made to develop a huge water complex on the site. This proposal did not come to fruition, due in part to the huge public outcry, but the baths remained closed. In 2005 proposals were made available for members of the public to view regarding the development of the baths. In February 2008 two multimillion-euro plans to transform Dun Laoghaire's coastline into a "world-class" tourist attraction were unveiled and presented for public consultation.

The water slides are no longer in existence. There was two slides - a white one (slower) and a green one (faster)

A wristband purchased for £2 at the time of closure allowed the wearer ten goes on the slide!

Many thanks to fellow explorers:- C & D for helping out with this dangerous exploration!

Disclaimer: The interior of the Dun Laoghaire Baths is in an extremely poor state, much of the flooring and staircases are in an advanced state of decay and liable to collapse. The explorers were shocked by the quantity of needles discarded by drug users in some areas of this building. We strongly suggest you do not attempt to access this structure.

Dun Laoghaire Baths