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Parkside Pools

Outside view of Parkside Pools
Parkside Pools, Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1LY
The main pool at Parkside Pools
Phone Parkside Pools on 01223 446100

The main pool will reopen on 25 July, with a new timetable until the end of August.

We’ll be allocating time slots for swimmers, so you'll need to book your visit in advance. Booking will be available from 6pm on 21 July. You’ll need to register with GLL to make a booking.

The pool will be divided into 4 double 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 2m from other people while inside the centre. Spectators will not be allowed.

The diving pool and toddler pool will remain closed until further notice. The gym will be open with a reduced capacity.

Swimming and diving clubs will have some sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Some group exercise classes will be available with reduced capacity.

Parkside Pools and Gym timetables, activities and prices

About the pools and complex

The Parkside complex has three pools, gym and fitness studio:

  • an eight-lane competition-standard swimming pool 25 metres long
  • a teaching and diving pool with a movable floor
  • a children's leisure pool
  • Parkside also has two flume rides: one single, and one suitable for two people.
  • Brand new 120 station gym
  • Brand new fitness studio

The pools are managed by GLL in partnership with the council.

The main pool is used by a number of clubs and competitions, so there are times when it is closed to the public.

The University of Cambridge, City of Cambridge Swimming Club, and City of Cambridge Water Polo club use the pools regularly.

Getting to the pools

Disabled access

Parkside Pools is one of the most accessible leisure buildings in Cambridge.

The building is equipped with specialist changing and shower facilities. It also has specialist mobile and fixed hoist arrangements, along with hydraulically operated benches, to assist with transition from the toilets and showering facilities to the changing rooms.

Access to the main pool and diving pool is assisted by the provision of a manual hoist and sling. For hygiene reasons, please bring your own sling when you visit if possible.

Alternatively, access to the water can be made via wet chairs and other hoisting arrangements.

A thriving disabled swimming club exists at the pool, and there are swimming and health suite sessions for the over 50s.