Whether you’re a seasoned butterfly expert, 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 Aquatic Centre

Freshly reopened after an extensive eighteen-month renovation, Manchester’s state-of-the-art swimming hub provides the best aquatic facilities in the North West for, with a 50m pool, a diving pool and a dedicated training pool, as well as a leisure pool and a kid-friendly Splash Pad, which offers the perfect sensory introduction to swimming for toddlers and infants.

In September, the centre welcomed Better Swim School and the Tom Daley Diving Academy back to the class schedule, alongside a range of other sessions to develop the skills of first-timers and budding Olympians alike.

Manchester Aquatic Centre is open 6.30am-10pm Monday to Friday, 7am-6pm Saturdays and 7am-10pm on Sundays.

Non-member swimming sessions start at just £3.10 for juniors and £4.80 for adults. Click below to book a slot.

Manchester Aquatics 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 an intense workout amongst high-end facilities, then David Lloyds is most likely the place for you. With a 25m indoor pool, guests can get their cardio in by doing lengths, or join in with a variety of classes, including weekly aqua aerobics, family sessions and more. There’s also an indoor children’s area especially for younger visitors, with a selection of group activities in a smaller, warmer and shallower pool, led by an expert swimming tutor.

Whatever your aquatic capabilities, Swim England’s coaches are on hand to provide specialist tutoring for kids and grown-ups with enthusiasm and tailored expertise.

David Lloyd Trafford City’s indoor pool is open from 6am-10.45pm on weekdays, and 7am-8.45pm every weekend.

Check out the link below for membership prices and the full class schedule. You can get started with two weeks of swimming for just £35.


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

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.

Open daily, the full-size indoor pool hosts a range of lessons, fitness activities, development sessions and introductory classes for ages 3 months and above, and over-60s can swim for free.

Check out the bookable sessions on offer below.


Hough End Leisure Centre, 480 Princess Road, Manchester, M20 1HD, Tel: 0161 641 6300
Life Leisure | Grand Central Stockport

Equal parts indoor waterpark and professional training facility, Stockport’s Life Leisure hub features a 50m lane pool with slots available for family swimming, squad development, ladies-only swimming and even inflatable sessions, as well as a wildly entertaining child-friendly oasis pool and two thrilling serpentine waterslides.

If you’re looking to unwind after your main swim, the Life Leisure health suite has a supremely relaxing jacuzzi which is free for members to enjoy.

Life Leisure also hosts Stockport Metro Coaching, a highly decorated training institution which has an illustrious swimming record across all age groups at County, Regional, National and International levels, breaking countless British and Commonwealth records, with over 20 athletes represented at the Olympics and four eventual medallists. You can book a variety of child and adult coaching lessons here.


Grand Central Square, Wellington Rd S, Wellington Rd N, Stockport SK1 3TA, Tel: 0161 474 7766
Waterside Leisure Club | Didsbury

Promising the perfect combination of fitness and fun, the newly refurbished Waterside Leisure Club hosts one of the biggest indoor pools immediately outside the city centre, 25m-long lanes and ample space for regular aqua aerobics, kids’ lessons and baby classes.

You can even pick up a SwimTag before your session, so you can track your lengths, stroke type and split times to keep a thorough account of your aquatic progress.

Wilmslow Road Didsbury, Manchester M20 5WZ, Tel: 0161 971 7000
Withington Baths

For one of Manchester’s more unique swimming experiences, Withington Baths invite you to front crawl back in time with a session in their historic heritage pool. Thanks to a devoted effort from their members and investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the city’s last remaining Edwardian swimming baths is due to return to its former glories with a series of vital refurbishment, while continuing to offer an extensive array of lessons for adults, families, schools and parents with newborns.

You can book a month’s worth of lessons for adults or children for £20, while introductory baby classes are available at £110 for 10 weeks. Intensive four-day lessons, with 30 minutes’ swimming per day, are available for £35 per swimmer, and private lessons cost £24 for 30 minutes regardless of age.

30 Burton Rd, Withington, Manchester M20 3EB, Tel: 0161 478 1181
Broadway Leisure Centre | New Moston

Four lanes wide, 23m long and heated to blissful 28.5 degrees, Broadway Leisure Centre’s indoor pool runs a dizzying variety of lessons daily across 50 weeks of the year, including school swimming, open sessions, inclusive swims, ‘pool parties’ and hour-long disability-oriented classes – you can even book it out for a birthday party.

The pool is open from 7am-9pm weekdays and 8am-5pm on weekends, with adult bookings starting at £5.40 and kids spaces available for just £3.30.

12 Broadway, Manchester M40 3LN, Tel: 0161 681 1060
East Manchester Leisure Centre | Beswick

A stone’s throw from the Etihad, East Manchester’s cutting-edge fitness institute features two pools to accommodate swimmers of all ages, abilities and ambitions. The main pool, a 25m 8-lane pad which can expand to 33m via the moveable floor and boom, offers fitness swimming, open sessions and private hire, while the 21m small pool welcomes recreational swimmers with a changeable depth and accessible walk-in steps.

Non-member adults can swim for £5.40, while Manchester residents under-5 can swim free.

189 Grey Mare Ln, Beswick, Manchester M11 3ND, Tel: 0161 641 1200
Kimberley Booth
Published on:
Tue 14 Nov 2023