The Best Lidos To Visit In The UK

If you’ve been tempted to go wild swimming, but the idea of open water scares you a little, then you should have a look to see if there’s a lido close by. A lido is a public outdoor swimming pool and surrounding facilities, or part of a beach where people can swim.

Lidos became very popular in the 1930s the outdoor swimming was popular, but many fell into disrepair and closed down once foreign holidays became affordable. However, with the pandemic putting a halt to many foreign holidays, and a resurgence in outdoor swimming, they have come into their own again, and are even being used to help sell homes.

Whether it’s a family day out or a solo swim, we have some of the best lidos across the UK, which you can make good use of during the predicted September heatwave.


Reading, Thames Lido

The Thames Lido is a newly renovated and heated outdoor pool, that even has a Mediterranean restaurant and a spa!


Cheltenham, Sandford Parks Lido

Located in Sandford Park, this lido has a separate pool for children, swim slides, and a 50m long pool, all close to each other. It was also used by the Malwai Olympic team for training before the 2012 London Olympics


Bristol, Lido Spa & Restaurant

For a relaxing day out, you can book a spa treatment, a meal in the restaurant, and a swim at this lido in Clifton.


Cornwall, Penzance, Jubilee Pool

First opened in 1935, the Jubilee Pool is the largest seawater swimming pool across the UK, located in a top tourist destination, there’s no wonder it’s one of the busiest.


Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Lido Ponty

Ideal for a family day out, this lido has an inflatable-filled fun pool, a paddling area, and playgrounds too.


Clyde, Scotland Gourock Pool

The oldest outdoor pool in Scotland, dating back to 1909, this (thankfully heated!) saltwater pool includes diving boards and scenic views.


Hope Valley, Hathersage, Peak District

The heated outdoor swimming pool is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District visible when you’re swimming in its 28ºC temperature. Visit the on-site cafe for a hot drink afterwards, and there are plans to introduce a night swim to live music.


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