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Abbey Leisure Complex pools

Pool Way, Whitehill Road, Cambridge CB5 8NT

The Abbey Leisure Complex includes two swimming pools and a splashpad, as well as a gym, sauna, and football pitches.

The main pool, learner pool and gym are open with reduced capacity. You’ll need to book your visit in advance. Reserve your place on the Better website, or use the Better UK app on your phone.

The pool will be divided into lanes. You must be at least 11 years old and a competent swimmer who can swim 25m continuously.

A one-way system will be in operation around the centre for your safety. Changing rooms and showers will be available after your swim, so please come dressed ready to swim.

You must keep a distance of 2 metres from other people while inside the centre. Spectators will not be allowed.

Abbey Leisure Complex timetables, activities and prices

About the pools

  • The larger pool is 25 metres long with five swimming lanes. It ranges in depth from 1.2 to 1.75 metres.
  • The smaller learner pool is 12 metres square and is 0.8 metres deep throughout.
  • The new gym has state-of-the-art Techno Gym equipment installed throughout.
  • The splashpad is open from 10am - 6pm daily and all through the summer until mid September.

The complex is managed by GLL in partnership with the council.

Getting to the pools

  • Cycle parking outside the main entrance
  • Buses stop nearby on Whitehill Road – Traveline provides public transport information
  • By car, turn off Newmarket Road into Whitehill Road and take the third turning on the right into Pool Way. The pool is located at the bottom of this road on the right-hand side.
  • Parking spaces for over 200 vehicles; four bays for disabled people; space for three coaches.

Disabled access

The complex is fully accessible, with level access throughout the ground floor and a lift to the gym on the first floor.

Two of the three changing rooms and shower facilities are built directly on the poolside. Each changing room has drop-down changing beds and one has a fully automated shower bed and hoist.

Access to both pools is available via a fixed hoist, and the learner pool also has gradual steps with handrails.

Other facilities

  • modern changing rooms with showers and secure storage areas
  • a 45-station gym
  • a poolside sauna
  • an exercise studio
  • dedicated spinning studio 
  • artificial and grass pitches
  • a BMX track
  • a children's play area
  • free table tennis