Abbey pool complex


Check timetables and prices on the GLL website

Pool Way, Whitehill Road, Cambridge CB5 8NT (get directions from Google)

The Abbey pool complex includes two swimming pools, an outdoor interactive splashpad, 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 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 red service announcement box in the right hand column (or below if viewing on a mobile), 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. Check bus timetable information, or plan your journey 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.
  • 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 swiming 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 
  • astroturf and grass pitches
  • a BMX track
  • a children's play area
  • free table tennis

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