Our love for lidos emerged in the 1930s when outdoor swimming first became popular in the UK, and now these sociable swimming spots are making a comeback. Today, there are more than 100 to discover, with more renovation projects in the pipeline. Here’s where to make a splash this summer!
Thames Lido, Reading
After more than three years of careful restoration, this beautiful, historic lido re-opened its doors in 2017. Located by the river Thames in Reading, the water temperature at this urban retreat is heated all year round to between 24-26°C. Spa treatments are available on-site, as well as a stylish poolside restaurant with a Mediterranean menu.
Tinside Pool, Plymouth
Built in 1935, beautiful Tinside Pool is an internationally acclaimed Art Deco style seaside wonder. Open only during the summer months, this stunning semi-circular saltwater pool is 50m in diameter and is both family friendly and fully accessible. Dry off on the large sunbathing terrace; the sea views are unbeatable.
Brockwell Lido, London
There’s more to do than just swim at the Brockwell Lido in London. Hidden in Brockwell Park, this 1930’s outdoor pool has seen a multi-million-pound restoration, preserving its historic art deco setting. Not only can you enjoy a few laps of the pool, but the lido is also home to a great health and fitness facility, offering yoga and dance classes throughout the year. This summer, you can also see your favourite movies in the outdoor cinema nights around the pool. Who needs to visit a movie theatre when you have a lido?
Jubilee Pool, Penzance
Another Art Deco gem is the recently restored Jubilee Pool on the Cornish coast. It is the country’s largest seawater lido and there are three pools to choose from. The popular geothermal pool is the first of its kind in the UK, where you can bathe in natural salt water heated to between 30-35°C by the lido’s very own geothermal well.
Saltdean Lido, Brighton
An iconic lido representing the best of 1930’s holidaying, Saltdean Lido only reopened in 2018 after years of neglect. The pool was once described by Historic England as “one of the seven wonders of the English seaside,” emphasising its impressive art deco architecture. It’s not just a fun place to hang around; it’s a site of cultural and historical significance – everything you need from a good holiday location. You can even enjoy Brighton beach while you’re there too.
The Gourock Pool, Gourock (Scotland)
Only a short drive from Glasgow, the Gourock Pool is one of the most popular lidos in Scotland. Its popularity is unsurprising, as the pool offers expansive views over the Clyde. Even better, the salt-water pool is heated. So even on days when you’re more likely to need a windproof umbrella than a beach towel, you can still enjoy swimming in the warm water. It’s a perfect spot to visit, no matter the weather.
Bristol Lido, Bristol
Tucked away in the heart of Clifton, this historic lido is in fact a restored Victorian swimming pool and it oozes stylish serenity. It’s kept at a toasty 24°C and is surrounded on all sides by beautifully designed buildings that include an awardwinning restaurant and a poolside tapas bar, perfect for a post-swim sangria.
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