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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

Parkside pools

Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1LY (get directions from Google)
Tel: 01223 446100

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
Super Sunday sessions: Adult £6.05 £4.55 £4.55 £3.05
Super Sunday sessions: Junior £3.60 £1.60 N/A £1.80

Find out about discounted member rates.

Check prices and timetables

About the pool 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.

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 announcements' area below, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Getting to the pools

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 Card holders aged 17 or under
Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, 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

Parkside Pool 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.

More information

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