Summer is finally here! And with a heatwave pretty much on our doorstep, we can think of no better way to refresh ourselves off than making a splash in the cool, luscious depths of an outdoor pool. Whilst not your first thought here in the UK, there are actually some amazing outdoor swimming pools right on our doorstep!

Making a splash: Top UK Outdoor Pools

Plunging into an outdoor pool is the perfect way to spend a hot summer evening, or laze around with friends at the weekend. So grab your beach towel and sun cream, pack up a few drinks, thrown in some ice cream money, and head to one of these UK outdoor bathing beauties.

Here are our top five favourite Outdoor Swimming Pools:

Cambridge Jesus Green Lido

One of Europe’s longest outdoor pools, at a staggering 91m (trust us, it’s as much of a workout as it sounds!). This gorgeous sun-dappled spot is tucked away from the bustle of the town and is surrounded by whispering trees. Perfect for spine-tinglingly chilly lengths followed by kicking-back with a good book. More info –

Cambridge Jesus Green Outdoor Pool

Bristol Lido

A modern, stylish outdoor pool, yet originally one of the oldest in the UK. Swim all year round and then head to one of the fab restaurants on the pool’s edges. There’s also a spa if you fancy a post-swim massage. More info –


Bath Thermae Spa

This is pure bliss – a naturally heated pool with spectacular views over bath. Whilst you may think of Iceland when you think of hot springs, we have our very own variant here in England! Relax in the thermal waters and soak up a bit of Bath’s ancient culture. More Info –


Bude Sea Pool

Just when you think Cornwall can’t get any more idyllic, you discover this quaint sea pool with incredible views. Perched in the cliffs (and understandably a bit chilly!) between Barnstaple and Newquay – a great way to top-off a day at the beach. More info –


Ilkley Lido

Crisp, clear water and picturesque views onto the rolling Yorkshire hills. There’s also loads of events going on at the lido – from live bands to relaxing yoga classes. More Info –


So there you have it – our top 5 Outdoor Public Swimming Pools right here in the UK! There is no better way to cool off this Summer! Any more to add to our list? Share with us @tweetjanes

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