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Abbey Pool Complex

The Abbey pool complex includes two swimming pools, an outdoor paddling pool, recently refurbished gym, sauna, astroturf pitch and grass football pitches.

  • 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 complex is managed by GLL in partnership with the Council.

Refurbishment works to replace the existing paddling pool with the new exciting splashpad facilities have started and will be completed in time for the normal summer season opening on Monday 26 May 2014.

The designs for the new splashpads can be seen here Abbey Pool 1.pdf [PDF, 0.9MB] Abbey Pool 2.pdf [PDF, 0.7MB] Abbey Pool 3.pdf [PDF, 0.8MB]

The splashpads will then stay open from 26th May to Sunday 14th September 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the new splashpads please do not hesitate to contact the Recreation Team on 01223 457539 or email pools@cambridge.gov.uk

Updates and closures

We occasionally need to close some of our parking areas. Whenever we do so, we will post information as early as possible in the service updates bar to the right, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Getting to the pools

Cycle parking is available outside the main entrance and buses stop nearby on Whitehill Road.

The county council provides bus timetable information, or you can plan your journey to the pool with Transport Direct.

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.

There is parking space for over 200 vehicles, including four bays for disabled people and space for three coaches.

Free swimming

The table provides details of free swimming sessions at the Abbey pools.

Who is eligible?Information

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).
   

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.

More information

The pools have modern changing rooms with shower facilities and secure storage areas.

Other facilities include:

  • a 45-station gym
  • a poolside sauna
  • an exercise studio
  • dedicated spinning studio 
  • astroturf and grass pitches
  • a BMX track
  • a children's play area.

Contact details

Pool Way
Whitehill Road
Cambridge CB5 8NT

Telephone 01223 213352

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