While we’ve not really had as many outdoor swimming opportunities as we’d have liked this summer. News of another local swimming spot is always good news to us. After nearly 40 years, having closed to swimming in 1984, Cleveland Pools in Bath will reopen this September.
The Georgian-era lido was built back in 1815 by John Wood, the Elder. He was also responsible for much of Bath’s iconic look, including the Circus, Prior Park and South Parades, as well as The Exchange in Bristol. Making it the oldest public outdoor swimming pool in England.
Cleveland Pools operated until the 80s, briefly being used as a trout farm before falling into disrepair. Since then, locals have made much effort to reopen the site and, in 2004, the Cleveland Pools Trust (CPT) was formed. Spending nearly 20 years and raising more than £8 million, the lido will reopen on September 10.
Last year, Cleveland Pools did reopen to the public for free swimming on Heritage Open Day and will again this year. Spaces will need to be booked in advance, however, and will be available to book on the Cleveland Pools website from 10 am on Saturday, September 2. There are three slots available: 10am to 12 noon, 12 noon to 2pm and 2pm to 4pm. (Just know that the water is not heated and is approximately 20 degrees.)
If you do miss out, don’t fret, as this 200-year-old lido will open for good on September 11. There are no official details yet on opening hours, swimming timetables or entry costs. But keep an eye out for more information soon.
The restoration of Cleveland Pools has included its largely unaltered grade II listed buildings, as well as the two pools; one for adults and competent swimmers and a smaller, shallower pool for children. There is also a lounge area, toilets and showers, a refreshment kiosk, and a heritage exhibition and learning space on site. To book tickets and learn more about the lido head here.