Summer may be almost over and Autumn may be just around the corner but that doesn’t mean that all the fun is over. Whether you’re a parent looking for activities on the weekend or just somebody who loves aquatics – there are plenty of amazing indoor swimming pools in Manchester and we’ve rounded up some of the best our city has to offer. Let’s dive in!

Manchester Aquatics Centre

If you love that intoxicating smell of chlorine and the feeling of being free in rippling water, then Manchester Aquatics Centre is for you. This facility, which features a 50m pool, is perfect for all ages and abilities – whether you’re a skilled swimmer or somebody who just wants to try something new. There are plenty of classes available, including ‘swim for fitness’ which aims to improve health and muscle tone. Just a short distance away from The University of Manchester, this aquatics centre has everything you need. It’s child friendly and you’re encouraged to use the facilities at your own pace. Manchester Aquatics Centre also offers the ‘Aqua Splash Challenge’, which features a large inflatable obstacle course that’s laid out in the main swimming pool. Designed for adults and children who are aged 8 and over, you can experience the excitement of challenges, races and astounding family fun. Aqua Splash at the Manchester Aquatics Centre is held on Saturdays between 4.30pm – 5.15pm and 5.30pm – 6.15pm, standard adult tickets are £7.75 while children’s tickets are £6.45. A family ticket can be purchased for £20, though this is subject to the centre’s terms and conditions. Which can be found on the website.

Manchester Aquatic Centre, 2 Booth St East, Manchester M13 9SS, Tel: 0161 641 6310
David Lloyds at Manchester Trafford City

If you’re a fitness fanatic who enjoys a good relaxing workout, then David Lloyds is most likely the place for you. With a 25m indoor pool, keep fit by doing lengths at your own pace or join Jan in one of the popular Aqua classes. Either way, you will appreciate every second of your workout. Want to get all hot and sweaty after a good old swim? Escape all of the hustle and bustle of the swimming pool and step into the sauna or the steam room. If you’d much rather bring the kids along for some family fun, there’s an indoor children’s pool especially for the little ones. Weekly aquatics classes are offered for both adults and children, so if you’d prefer structure and guidance, this can be a great option. Membership fees vary, depending on duration, type and access. If you would like to enquire about a membership at this amazing facility, then you will find more information here.

David Llyods at Manchester Trafford City, Barton Embankment, Stretford, Manchester M17 8RH, Tel: 0345 129 6806
Hough End Leisure Centre

Hough End Leisure Centre is the ultimate place to relax and unwind, forget about all your troubles and have a look at everything this amazing facility has to offer. Here, you will feel a real sense of community and meet a wide range of different people. No matter what age or ability, there is something for everybody – including those who are vulnerable within our society. Those who suffer from dementia or another long term illness are able to enjoy the water at their own pace with the care and guidance from staff put in place by the Alzheimer’s Society – all completely free. Sessions take place on Monday afternoons between noon – 13.00pm. It is advised that you speak with a representative from Better Manchester beforehand. This is another great one for the family, with free swimming on weekends. Those aged under 17 are eligible to enter the leisure centre for free on Saturdays between 1-3pm and Sundays between 4-6pm. Although, in order to be eligible, the child must be fully registered with the MCR Active Scheme.

Hough End Leisure Centre, 480 Princess Road, Manchester, M20 1HD, Tel: 0161 641 6300
Kimberley Booth
Published on:
Thu 19 Sep 2019