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Parkside Pools

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

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.