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Swimming pools closed until further notice

GLL will not collect direct debits for membership or lessons while the pools are closed

Abbey pool complex

Pool Way, Whitehill Road, Cambridge CB5 8NT

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

Swimming timetable and prices

Swimming prices
Age group Non-member Pay-and-play member Pay-and-play student Pay-and-play concession
Adult £4.70 £3.40 £3.05 £2.35
Junior £2.50 £1.70 N/A £1.25

Check prices and timetables

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.

Updates and closures

We occasionally need to close some of our parking areas. When we do, we'll let you know, as early as possible, in the service announcement box below, as well as via our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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.

Free swimming

Under 3s
During public swimming sessions. Must be accompanied at all times by a person over 17 years of age. Please notify receptionist

BETTER holders aged 17 or under
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6pm. BETTER leisure upgrade subscription required (available from Abbey Pools, Parkside Pools)

For more information about free swimming times, offers and initiatives go to Swimming Initiatives, offers and admission policy

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