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20 best outdoor pools from Hampstead Heath lido to Cornwall and Aberdeen

Stonehaven Open Air Pool, Aberdeen

This Olympic-size swimming pool is filled with clean sea water which is heated to 29 degrees. Open until early September, it offers daily quiet sessions, lane swimming, and a slide for children.

Wednesdays are Midnight Swim evenings with an aqua disco that runs from 10pm-12am.

Adults £5.60, children £3.45,

London Fields Lido in east London is heated, and reopened in January 2018 after a refurbishment

Gourock Pool, Gourock

This salt water pool is heated to 29 degrees and has a terraced area with views over the Clyde Estuary.

The pool offers Starlight Swims on selected dates for anyone who wants to swim under the stars.

Adults £4.50, children £3.90,

The Tamar Manoukian New Cumnock Pool

Originally built in 1966, this heated outdoor pool was saved from demolition and revamped in 2017 opened by Prince Charles.

The pool is a relaxing spot which holds different swimming sessions such as aqua fit and baby classes.

Adults £3.50, children from £2,

The refurbished Jubilee Pool lido in Penzance that reopened in 2016 is just one of a host of lidos that are popular today (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)The refurbished Jubilee Pool lido in Penzance that reopened in 2016 is just one of a host of lidos that are popular today (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The Trinkie and the North Baths, Wick

These coastal pools offer an alternative option for more inquisitive swimmers.

The pools were dug from a quarry around 80 years ago in the hope of attracting more tourists to the site.

They’re basic – no lifeguards or cafe – but are a bit of Scottish history.


Lido Ponty, Pontypridd

This Grade II listed lido has three heated swimming pools suitable for all ages and abilities.

It has internal and internal showers and heated changing facilities, which make all the difference after a bracing swim.

Adults £2, children free,

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Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire

This waterpark features flumes and rapids as well as a lazy river which takes swimmers outside to the south-facing patio.

Once there, they can relax in the sun or enjoy a dip in the heated outdoor bubble pool.

Adults (4+) £12.95, children (under 4s) £3,

Blackpill Lido, Swansea

This outdoor water park has a paddling pool, a splash pad, as well as a children’s dry play area, a climbing rock, and picnic spots.

There are also inflatable slides during the school holidays.


Victoria Park, Cardiff

More splash pad than lido, this is still a great spot to take children on a summer’s day.

They can cool off under the park’s jets, sprays, and tipping water buckets.


lidoThere are plenty of picnic benches too for those wanting to make a day of it with the family (Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

Ilkley Pool and Lido, Ilkley

This outdoor lido is open from May to September and features a water fountain in its centre which will provide plenty of entertainment for younger visitors.

There are plenty of picnic benches too for those wanting to make a day of it.

Adults from £4.80, children from £2.50,

Shap Open Air Swimming Pool, Cumbria

At over 900ft above sea level, this pool is England’s highest open air heated pool.

The 16m community pool is run by volunteers and is open from May to September.

Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Adults £4.50, children from £2,

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Nantwich Brine Pool, Nantwich

Thought to be the only inland brine pool left in Britain today, this lido is heated to a temperate 22 degrees and is open until October – a little longer than most outdoor pools.

Visitors can either take to the water or soak up some rays on the side.

Adults £5, children £4.20,

Adventure Dock, Liverpool

Right in the heart of the city, this is more water assault course than lido.

The aqua park, located on Duke’s Dock, is made up of giant free-fall slides and other inflatable obstacles. Suitable for children aged 6+.

Tickets £20pp and includes hire of wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet,

Hathersage Outdoor Pool, Hope Valley

This 30m open air pool has a certain 1930s charm, with its original bandstand and solarium.

It is heated to 28 degrees and has modern changing facilities and heated showers.

There is also a cafe and a seating area which offers views of nearby Stanage Edge. Adults £6.50, children £3.50,

Thompson Park Paddling Pool, Burnley

Located in a traditional Edwardian urban park, this pool is a place for children to cool off on a hot day.

There is also a large sandpit next to the pool. Elsewhere in the park there is a boating lake, a playground, and an Italian garden.


Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham

This lido first opened in 1935 and has been a firm favourite with locals and visitors ever since.

It has two pools: a main one which is heated to 26 degrees and a children’s one which is heated to 30 degrees.

Adults £5, children £3,

Brockwell LidoAs well as a 50m outdoor swimming pool, Brockwell lido also has gym and fitness equipment (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Brockwell Lido, South London

Fitness is the focus at this lido which has been a popular local landmark since 1937.

As well as a 50m outdoor swimming pool the lido also has gym and fitness equipment and offers group exercise such as yoga and HIIT.

Adults from £3.20, children from £3.50,

Jesus Green Lido, Cambridge

This lido originally opened in 1923 and is one of the few remaining lidos in the UK that was built in the 1920s.

The pool is much longer than it is wide as it was designed to mimic swimming in the nearby River Cam.

Adults from £2.35, children from £1.25,

Droitwich Spa Lido, Droitwich Spa

At 40m long, this is one of the UK’s last remaining inland open-air, saltwater swimming pools.

It has a special wet play area with water cannons and fountains as well as a sun terrace for adults to relax on.

There’s also a cafe on site. Adults £5.80, children from £3.30,

Clifton Lido, Bristol

This a slightly more grown up lido with a 24m swimming pool heated to between 20 and 24 degrees. There is also a hot tub, sauna, and steam room, as well as a poolside bar and restaurant.

Non-member adults £25, including three hours’ use of the pool, sauna, steam room, and hot tub, Monday to Friday from 1pm to 4pm, children can join adults for £7.50 between 2pm and 4pm,

A swimmer walks past the frozen water at Tooting Bec Lido, in south west London at sunrise on a freezing winter morning (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)A swimmer walks past the frozen water at Tooting Bec Lido, in south west London at sunrise on a freezing winter morning (Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Tooting Bec lido, South London

The largest fresh-water pool in England, this is just over 90m long and 30 wide, containing approximately one million gallons of water.

This pool is open all year round for those brave enough.

Adults from £4.70, children £4.70,

Parliament Hill lido, North London

Also known as Hampstead Heath lido, this is an unheated open air pool that has been open since 1938.

The pool, which is 60mx27m, is open all year round.

Adult from £4, concessions from £2.50,

Portishead Open Air Pool, Bristol

This 33m pool has views out over the Bristol Channel.

The community run pool is heated to 28 degrees using renewable energy.

There is also special toddlers’ pool as well as a community cafe which is run by volunteers.

Adults £5, children £3.50,

Beccles Lido, Suffolk

Located in the village of Puddingmoor in the Suffolk market town of Beccles, this lido has a 30 x 15 metre pool as well as separate toddler and paddling pools which are all heated to 27 degrees.

There’s also plenty of grassy areas for a spot of sunbathing, picnic benches, and cafe.

Adults from £4.80, children from £4,

BrightonMake the most of the heatwave with a trip down to Brighton (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Saltdean lido, Brighton

This modernist lido was saved by local residents, restored to its former 1930s glory, and reopened in 2017.

Its original 40m length pool and smaller paddling pool have been restored.

There is still work to be done on the pool buildings but this lido is a little piece of Brighton history.

Adults from £4, children from £2,

Jubilee Pool, Cornwall

This art deco lido is filled with approximately 5 million litres of seawater and tides are used daily to circulate and clean the water, keeping it free of chemicals.

The pool is triangular and can hold up to 600 people.

The main pool’s depth ranges from 1.2m to 2.25m while the learner pool is approximately 0.6m deep.

Adults £5, children £3.50,

Pells Pool, Lewes

This unheated pool, which bills itself as the oldest swimming pool in the country, is 46m long and always has a lane reserved for lap swimming.

Also on offer is a children’s paddling pool and play equipment. If the weather is good, the pool sometimes stays open until 8pm.

Adults £4.50, children £2.20,

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Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall

This is a semi-natural tidal pool that was built in the 1930s underneath the cliffs of Summerleaze Beach.

The pool is approximately 91m x 45m and can accommodate everyone from paddlers and snorkelers to serious swimmers and scuba divers.

Open all year round. Free,

Lymington Sea Water Baths, Hampshire

This 110m pool has plenty to offer, including a 200m inflatable obstacle course, stand up paddle boards, a children’s splash pool and aqua jousting.

It is fully staffed at all times and has a cafe, changing rooms, and showers.

Adults £3, children £2,

Tinside Lido, Plymouth

Set on the tip of Plymouth Hoe, overlooking the sea, this pool was built in 2935 and still retains its art deco style.

It’s an example of a quintessentially British seaside lido and is a great spot to swim or sunbathe in the summer months.

Adults £5, children £4,

Aldershot Lido, Aldershot

There are three flumes, a diving platform, a toddler paddling pool, a water feature at this lido in Rushmoor.

On dry land, visitors will find a sandpit as well as a picnic area set in nine acres of land and a cafe serving both hot and cold food.

Adults from £3.90, children from £2.35,

Arundel lidoArundel lido was even set up as a polling station in 2017 (Photo: GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Arundel Lido, West Sussex

The only remaining lido in West Sussex, this offers a three heated pools which reach about 28 degrees.

The main pool is 25m long while the entry pool is 5m long and has easy entry steps.

The children’s pool is a paddling pool with a beach style entry at the shallow end.

Elsewhere there are shaded areas, picnic tables, and loungers and parasols which are available on a first come, first served basis.

Adults from £7, children from £4,

Teignmouth, Devon

This heated pool offers adults only and lane swimming sessions for anyone who wants to swim seriously.

At other times, there are general access, fun sessions, and aqua fit. Fuel up afterwards at the onsite refreshment kiosk.

Adults £4.80, children from £2.60,

Newcastle Rock Pool, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Built in 1933, this is seawater pool is located on the coast of Newcastle Co Down and has views of the Mourne Mountains.

It is monitored by lifeguards throughout the summer but opening hours are dependent on the weather.

Adults £2.70, children £2,

The Tropicana, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

This is a pair of shallow heated sea pools that look out over the coast of Country Down.

They’re ideal for beginner swimmers who aren’t quite ready to go in the chilly sea.

The pools also have two slides to keep youngsters entertained.

Adults £3.55, children £3.05,