Indoor and outdoor swimming pools Bristol

One of the most popular questions I see asked on Facebook parents’ groups is about swimming pools in Bristol with slides, warm water for babies or Bristol splash parks. Well, get your swimsuit ready because this city has lots of options for water lovers. From leisure centres to private pools for hire, Victorian lidos and tidal marines lakes, check out this lot for water-filled fun.

Bristol swimming pools with slides

Easton Leisure Centre

  • Easton pool Bristol has one waterslide
  • A 25-metre swimming pool with lanes, a shallow teaching pool.
  • Provides swimming lessons, aqua fitness classes, and other activities.

Hengrove Park Leisure Centre

  • 50 metre swimming pool with multiple lanes
  • 20 metre learner pool 
  • Atlantis Splash – one of Bristol’s largest water inflatable assault courses in their 25×25 metre pool.
  • Atlantis Splash – ‘The Lost Kingdom’ takes over the entire 50m x 25m swimming pool and you get a chance to experience ‘The Big One’ – a 4-metre high inflatable water slide.

Nearby swimming pools with slides Bristol

Swimming pools in Bristol

Cardiff International pool

  • A 50 metre Olympic swimming pool
  • 25 metre swimming pool with three fun slides (height restrictions apply) and features like lazy river
  • Health Suite with sauna, steam room and spa bath
  • an onsite cafe

Bath Sports and Leisure Centre

  • 25m six lane swimming pool
  • Teaching pool, a newly refurbished leisure pool with fun flume and play features
  • Trampoline park, 
  • 8 ten pin bowling alleys
  • Soft play facility
  • Diner serving hot and cold food and drinks.
  • Swimming lessons for all ages and abilities
  • Inflatable swim and casual swim sessions

Butlins Minehead

Pay for a day pass into Butlins in Minehead for access to the huge Splash Waterworld, featuring flumes, rapids, a lazy river and Space Bowl. Ride requirements apply – see more information on the Splash Waterworld page. Your day pass also gives you:

  • Unlimited rides in the Traditional Fairground and Little Stars Fairground 
  • Access to the brand new SkyPark climbing towers.
  • Daytime shows in the indoor Skyline Pavilion 
  • Access to soft play areas (subject to availability), outdoor play areas and arcades
  • Access to bars and restaurants

Parish Wharf Leisure Centre, Portishead

  • There are two pools to enjoy – a main pool, and a leisure pool. 
  • All under 8s must be accompanied by an adult on a 2:1 (child:adult) ratio. 
  • Children must be aged under 8 to use the slides.
  • Aquatic obstacle course for children (over 8) and families

Brean Splash, Brean Leisure Park

  • Indoor splash pool (open all year-round) with 25m heated six lane swimming pool.
  • Baby pool is 0.6m in depth and heated approximately 30-32 degrees. 
  • Indoor Splash Zone fun pool and slides for under 16s. 
  • Indoor rainbow rings and disco waterslides – hoose your tune and sound effects while you ride the disco slide!
  • Outdoor Splash area: Seaside Pool for under 12s, 3 waterslides: River Ride, Serpentine, Turbo Drop. Open from Whitsun-end of August.
  • Quiet sessions

Indoor public swimming pools Bristol

Bristol swimming pools

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Horfield Leisure Centre

  • Located in the Horfield area of Bristol.
  • 25 metre swimming pool with lanes for swimming
  • Learner pool for children and beginners
  • Water-based fitness classes.
  • The centre also offers other sports facilities and fitness classes.

Bristol South Swimming Pool

  • 30 metre swimming pool and a smaller teaching pool.
  • Offers swimming lessons, aqua fitness classes, and public swimming sessions.

Kingswood Leisure Centre

Henbury Leisure Centre

  • Teaching pool 
  • Six-lane, 25m swimming pool. 
  • Swimming lessons, aqua aerobics, as well as fun, casual sessions for all the family.

Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

  • 25 metre Main Pool  with 6 lanes 
  • Small Pool (12 metres long) 
  • Poolside hoist or mobile hoist  
  • Soft play
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 Longwell Green Leisure Centre

  • 25 metre main pool with six lanes 
  • Small pool (12 metres long) 
  • Poolside hoist or mobile hoist  

Yate Lifestyle Centres

  • 25 metre main pool with six lanes 
  • Small pool (12 metres long) 
  • Poolside hoist or mobile hoist 

Thornbury Leisure Centre

  • Thornbury has a Diving Pit suitable for scuba and club hire 
  • 25 metre main pool with six lanes 
  • Small pool (12 metres long) 
  • Poolside hoist or mobile hoist  
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Other leisure centres in Bristol with swimming pools

Jubilee Swimming Pool, Knowle

  • This photogenic swimming pool appears in the BBC’s Sherlock!
  • 22 metre swimming pool
  • Provides swimming lessons, aqua fitness classes, and public swim sessions.

Clifton College Sports Centre

  • Provides swimming lessons and access to members. Membership includes use of the swimming pool, fitness room, badminton and table tennis courts.
  • 25m heated indoor Swimming Pool is maintained at 29°C/
  • Programme includes ‘open swim’ sessions, and weekly family fun swims with floats.

Bristol University Swimming Pool

  • The swimming pool at Bristol Uni has six lanes and a moveable bulkhead, creating a competition-length main pool, alongside a teaching pool for lessons. 
  • The 32 metre long pool is available to students, staff and the community for lane and casual swimming, or lessons, on a membership or pay-as-you-go basis.
  • Bookable Mission Inflatable course for the ultimate children’s pool activity. 

Active Nation Filton

  • Pool inflatable sessions
  • Dinky dolphins sessions for under 4s
  • Lane swimming and teaching pool
  • Soft play

Keynsham Leisure Centre

  • 25 metre swimming pool
  • Dedicated learner pool
  • Soft play
  • Cafe

Backwell Leisure Centre 

  • 25 metre swimming pool
  • Two fast, two medium and two slow lanes
  • 12.5 metre learner pool
  • Disabled swimming session on a Monday evening – 7.15-8pm
  • Swim memberships start from £26.50 per month. 
  • You can also use the pool as a pay-as-you-go customer.

Penny Porter, Henbury

  • Small hydrotherapy pool in Henbury set within a physiotherapy centre. 
  • The water is heated between 32-34 degrees using solar technology, and the pool uses a UV filtration system meaning the chlorine levels can be kept low, making it perfect for baby and toddler swimming. 
  • There’s also ‘Endless Currents’, massage jets and an underwater treadmill.
  • Baby, toddler and preschool swimming lessons at Penny Porter are run by Turtle Tots Bristol & North Somerset

Gable Leisure, Wraxall

  • Located 15 minutes from Bristol city centre in Wraxall, North Somerset. Gable Leisure is set within the grounds of a private house, near the National Trust Site, Tyntesfield.
  • Private hire 14m x 5m pool swimming pool: host your very own pool party with turbo water slide, inflatables and float party packages all available to book online.
  • Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and primary school children are all available.
  • For families, one-off bookings or weekly slots available to book online. 
  • Maintained at 32 degrees celsius.
  • Maximum depth of 2.5 metres 
  • No on-duty lifeguard service. 

Mendip Farm Pool

  • Located next door to Mendip Self Storage, on the Old Down Business Park, BA3 4SA in Chilcompton.  
  • Book anything from a one off, to a regular swim, parties, mermaid swimming and children’s swimming lessons.
  • The pool is 11m x 5m. 
  • Deepest point in the pool is at just over half way which goes to 2m in depth. 

Hotels with swimming pools Bristol

The Hilton DoubleTree, Bradley Stoke 

  • Close to the Aztec West business park, just off the M4/M5 motorway. 
  • 15m indoor heated swimming pool that is kept at 30 degrees with whirlpool, sauna and steam rooms. 
  • Non-staying guests can pay an access charge of £5 per adult or £10 per family to use the pool. Last entry 45 minutes before closing time. Children’s hours are 8am-8pm. 
  • Aquatic Harmony are allocated half of the pool for baby swim classes and Aqua natal classes. 

Village Gym, Filton

  • Separate swimming lanes for dedicated swimmers, plus kids’ swimming times. Monday – Thursday, 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm, Friday 9am – 12pm and 2pm-7pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 6pm.
  • Aqua classes
  • Whirlpool spa, sauna, steam room
  • Splash n’ Swim sessions, every weekend with inflatable pool toys.

Outdoor swimming pool Bristol

The Lido Bristol

  • Members or *pre-booked non-members: *You can pre-book a 2 hour session (swim, sauna, steam and hot tub) for £25 starting from 10am, booking slots are open every hour until 3pm (max of 4 people per time slot). This is now available 7 days a week. Children’s access is restricted to the 2pm until 4pm slot and each child must be accompanied by an adult for one to one supervision in the pool only. The sauna, steam room and hot tub are not available for children’s use. You do not need to pre-book the children’s swim, just book the adults session and you can pay the children’s fee of £7.50 on arrival.
  • 24 metre low-chlorine, open-air, infinity-style pool 
  • heated year-round (but at 20-25 degrees still feels refreshing on a hot day). 
  • A pool-side restaurant serving tapas, cocktails and a la carte upstairs
  • Treatment rooms
The Lido Bristol
The Lido Bristol

Outdoor swimming pools near Bristol

Portishead Open Air pool

  • A large 33m open-air pool heated by green energy, overlooking the Bristol Channel
  • Non-slip, shallow toddler pool
  • Amphitheatre-style steps make the most of the Severn estuary view and are a great sunbathing spot when you’re not wallowing in the water. 
  • There’s also a tuck shop and onsite cafe for snacks, or bring your own for a picnic by the sea.
Portishead Lido near Bristol - how to stay cool in the heat in Bristol
Portishead Open Air Pool

Clevedon Marine Lake

  • A tidal pool on the seafront in the charming Victorian seaside town of Clevedon. 
  • 15,000m² marine lake (size of two football pitches) fed by the Bristol Channel every spring tide. 30 million litres of sea water, 2/3rds of which is less than 5ft deep.
  • Visitors can also paddleboard and canoe atop its waters.
  • Open almost every day of the year 24/7, no need to book. Please donate an entry fee.
  • The water is tested after every series of overtopping tides* from May to September. 
Clevedon Marine Lake
Clevedon Marine Lake

Weston Marine Lake

  • A gigantic infinity lake, over 200m long and located on the seafront next to Knightstone Island 
  • A safe place to swim on the North Somerset coast
  • You don’t have to wait until high tide, swim any time of day, all year-round.
  • Sandy beach around the edge and a lakeside fresh water shower.

West Country Water Park, Bradley Stoke

  • Outdoor natural swimming lake eight miles from Bristol city centre.
  • Grassy green banks, a walking path, beautiful trees and nature surrounds the swimming lake.
  • The swimming lake is 220 metres long and 230m wide. The open-water swimming lengths vary throughout the year; in summer, the loop is around 500m, and in winter, reduced to 100m.
  • Indoor changing rooms, toilets, coffee shop, restaurant and fully trained RLSS Lifeguards.
  • Open almost 365 days a year. Opening hours vary depending on the season.
  • Moon Glow night swims
  • All participants must wear a brightly-coloured swim cap
  • All participants must wear either a wetsuit or tow float
Moon Glow Swim West Country Water Park
Moon Glow Swim, image West Country Water Park

Splash parks in Bristol

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