From brisk time trials in rural brine pools to champagne toasts with a city view, Greater Manchester and its surrounding areas offer a surprisingly broad selection of outdoor swimming pools and lidos to enjoy year-round.

If you prefer lake shores and regulated breathing to lap pools and room temperature dips, check out our guide to Greater Manchester’s best cold water swimming spots.

David Lloyd Manchester North | Middleton | 7am-7pm | £94.50pcm

Alongside a spa, gym, tennis courts, holiday camps and much more, upmarket wellness chain David Lloyd offers a superbly maintained outdoor pool at its Manchester North branch with family sessions, adults-only swimming hours and expert tuition for all skill levels endorsed by Swim England.

Heywood Old Road, Middleton, Manchester, M24 4TH
Nantwich Outdoor Brine Pool | Nantwich | 8am-6pm | £5.60

Open since 1935 and now believed to be the only inland brine pool left in Britain, East Cheshire’s largest swimming pool welcomes another summer swim season on Fri 14 Apr. Once unheated, the pool is now maintained at a delightful 22°C and can occasionally feel like a jacuzzi through solar gain.

Under-3s go free, while adults can swim for just £5.80.

Wall Ln, Nantwich CW5 5LS
Ingleton Open Air Heated Swimming Pool | Ingleton | 7am-9pm | £1-£21

Open from May to September, the 89-year-old Ingleton Open Air Pool features 20m lanes, 26.6° waters, a snack kiosk and regular special events including barbecues, games and galas. Situated in an idyllic riverside setting, the pool offers both walk-up sessions and yearly memberships, while under-4s swim free.

Sammy Lane, Ingleton, Carnforth LA6 3EG
King Street Townhouse Infinity Pool | City Centre | 7am-9pm | From £220 per night

Responsible for turning the town hall clock into one of the North’s most-captured Instagram backdrops, King Street Townhouse Hotel’s soaring, partially covered seventh-floor infinity pool offers an entirely unique view of the Manchester cityscape while promising ‘indulgent relaxation’ for overnight guests. Open from 7am-9pm daily, reservations are not required but the capacity is limited to eight people, allowing ample room for a panoramic candid and, for anyone inclined, some actual pool usage.

10 Booth St, Manchester M2 4AW, Tel: 0161 667 0707
Hathersage Swimming Pool | Hathersage | 7am-9pm | Free-£20

With 23°C water, a refurbished circulation system, aqua aerobics, night swimming set to live music and even its own line of merch, Hathersage’s beloved outdoor pool offers a wide range of activities and swim sessions for visitors across Greater Manchester and the Peak District.

Oddfellows Rd, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1DU
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Published on:
Wed 7 Jun 2023