Top 10 best lidos and outdoor pools in the UK

The UK has been spoilt  with glorious sunshine this summer, with soaring, tropical temperatures a regular occurrence. Though it’s great for topping up your tan, keeping cool by the pool is a must. Check out our list of top 10 lidos and outdoor pools in the UK where you can enjoy a blissful dip and some fun in the sun.

1. The Lido, Bristol
Dating back to 1849, The Lido in Clifton is one of the oldest in the UK and was recently renovated to include a glass fronted restaurant, a tapas bar and even a spa. Relax and unwind with a massage and a plate of something scrumptious after your swim. As well as the delicious food on offer, the sauna, steam room and hot tub make this lido a truly luxurious place to be. Pre-book a spa or ‘swim and eat’ package for a great way to spend a summer’s day.

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Top 10 pools and lidos in UK

2. London Field Lido, Hackney, London
Ideally situated in London Fields park, this trendy lido is a firm favourite for locals looking for a place to chill after a long day catching the rays. Saved from demolition and reopened in 2006, London Fields Lido boasts a large sundeck perfect for lounging The cafe is also great for a post swim snack, so a visit to this sunny spot is not to be missed. This pool also has disabled access available on request.

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3. Saltdean Lido, Brighton
Located just a stone’s throw from the beach, Saltdean Lido has been described by Historic England as one of the seven wonders of the English seaside. The pool was reopened and restored to all of its original 1930’s charm in 2017 complete with a paddling pool, a splash area for the kids, as well as a lawn ideal for picnicking. Tickets are available to book in advance online.

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4. Pells Pool, Lewes, East Sussex
Pells Pool just south of the banks of the river Ouse is the oldest freshwater pool in the country originating from the 1860’s. You’ll find plentiful paddling opportunities, fantastic floats and cafes serving soothing refreshments. Open for summer until September, you can have a soak and a splash in the sunshine before settling down for a well-earned rest and a picnic on the lawn on site.

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5. Tinside Lido, Plymouth, Devon
Perched on the edge of the Plymouth seafront, Tinside Lido offers visitors a unique experience with panoramic views out to sea. Built with Art Deco styling, Tinside has a unique, throwback feel. Add to this a sundeck and flowing fountains sprouting from the water, and there’s no wonder this lido is consistently voted as one of Europe’s top 10 outdoor pools.

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6. Jubilee Pool, Penzance, Cornwall
Peeking out over the Penzance Promenade, this saltwater pool offers visitors the perfect place to swim safely in fresh salt-water. Whether it’s for a refreshing dip, a lazy summer afternoon enjoying the sea air, or stretching your legs for a couple of lengths, Jubilee Pool is a great way to relax, keep cool and enjoy the Cornish coast.

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7. Hampton Pool, London
A perfect pick for families, Hampton Pool dates back to the early 20th Century and has lanes for adult swimming and slides for children. There is also a grassy area that’s great for post-swim  snacking and sunbathing. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun has gone away either, the pool is open and the water is heated 365 days a year so you can even go for a quick Christmas Day paddle.

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8. Nantwich Outdoor Brine Pool, Cheshire
The health benefits of brine springs have been known for many years and in fact, the brine spring on site at this pool was a popular spot for recovering soldiers in World War One. The pool itself though dates back to 1935 and has been a favourite for leisurely swims and healing bathes ever since.

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9. Ilkley Pool and Lido, West Yorkshire
Set on the edge of the picturesque Ilkley Moors, Ilkley Pool and Lido is known as one of the best outdoor pools in the north of England. As well as offering a heated fresh water pool for swimming, there are other facilities on site such as a putting green, tennis court as well as an indoor pool for when the typical English weather returns. There’s also a cafe and picnic area so you can make that quick dip a family day out.

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10. Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall
Bude Sea Pool offers visitors a unique experience in outdoor swimming. The pool is nestled in the rocks at Summerleaze beach and is topped up naturally twice a day by the waves of the Atlantic. Admission is free and unrestricted so it’s no wonder that it is the number one attraction in Bude. The pool is managed by a local charity who relies on donations from the public. While this pool is unrestricted, due to the Atlantic tides, it is advised that you use the pool with care and check the tide times before visiting.

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After some more inspiration? Check out our Summer in the Cities post for more ideas on how to enjoy water-based fun this summer