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Top 10 outdoor pools to cool off in during the heatwave


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This warm weather is something of a glorious rarity in the UK. To get accustomed to this welcome sunshine, here is a selection of Britain’s best outdoor pools for you to check out this summer.

1. Thermae Bath Spa, Bath

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This open-air rooftop pool lets you bathe in the naturally warm water, whilst being able to soak up gorgeous views of Bath’s historical architecture. Although ticket prices are a little steep, your ticket also allows you to make the most of additional spa features. Plus, there’s currently a discount for local residents that live in Bath or North East Somerset.

 2. Bristol Lido, Bristol

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Although first opened during the Victorian era, this outdoor lido recently underwent major re-development in 2006 and is now a glamorous looking spot, perfect for a hot summer’s day. If you’re looking to treat yourself and make a day of it, the complex also houses a restaurant and spa too.

 3. Stonehaven Open Air Pool, Aberdeen

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Despite being threatened with closure in the 90s, a local organisation managed to save the pool and has since ensured the pool is maintained and kept at a high standard. This Olympic sized pool even opens from 10pm until midnight every Wednesday, giving you the exciting option of a swim beneath the stars.

 4. Ilkley Pool and Lido, Yorkshire

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Situated at the very bottom of the Yorkshire Dales, Ilkley pool is for those wanting to swim against a lusciously green backdrop. With picnic benches dotted around the pool and a café too, you’re set for a real summer’s day out.

 5. Parliament Hill Lido, London

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Kown as being the only stainless steel lined outdoor pool in the UK, this 60-metre long pool proves an ideal escape from the sweltering streets of London. 

6. Saltdean Lido, Brighton

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An iconic 1930s art deco building lies at the heart of the lido, unsurprisingly making this pool a hotspot for locals and tourists alike. After undergoing some work, this pool is almost brand new after re-opening again in 2017. Although the lido appears to be far from complete, its £4million grant waiting in the wings will see stunning new improvements.

7. Tinside Lido, Plymouth 

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Often penned as one of Europe’s top 10 outdoor pools, here you have the chance to swim in a pool that overlooks the sea. This Grade II-listed pool is perfect for those wanting to stay close to the shore, yet not wanting to run the risk of swimming amongst unwelcome sea creatures!

 8. Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall

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As this pool is actually part of the Cornish sea, it offers the bonus of being free for visitors to swim in. The general idea is that it offers swimmers a safer place to swim than in the sea. The pool is open 24 hours a day, however, their website suggests you should stick to low tide.

 9. Jesus Green Lido, Cambridge

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Located on Jesus Green, this pool provides an escape from Cambridge’s bustling streets and offers a chance to cool off in the sunny weather. Constructed in the 1920s, the pool’s length is a lot greater than its width, as it was intended to create the atmosphere of swimming in the River Cam.

10. Shoalstone Pool, Devon

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Overlooking the beautiful Devonshire coastline, Shoalstone pool makes for a relaxing summer swim. What's better, is that this pool is easy on your bank balance, as it's completely free to take a dip. If swimming isn't your thing, then there's the chance to go zorbing too.

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