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Cambridge City Council

Swimming offers

Some great offers on membership and fitness classes are available at all the individual centres. For more information check the Better website.

General swim admission prices

Swimming prices
Age group Non-member Pay-and-play member Pay-and-play student Pay-and-play concession
Adult £6 £5 £5 £3
Junior £3.50 £3 Not applicable £1.75

Junior pricing is only applicable to young people aged 11 to 15. Juniors coming as part of the weekend adult and child sessions can get in for free – up to 2 children per paying adult.

For £40 per month you can join Better Swim UK, which gives you unlimited access to swim in all pool facilities run by Better (GLL) in the UK.

Discounted swimming ‘pay and play’ cards

You can purchase ‘pay and play’ cards (which replaced the Leisurecard scheme) at Parkside Pools, Abbey Leisure Complex pools, Cherry Hinton Village Centre, King’s Hedges Learner Pool and (when open) Jesus Green Lido.

The cards are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. You must show proof of your address and any benefit entitlement when purchasing your card.

Pay and play standard cards give up to 30% off normal admission prices. They cost £10 per adult and £5 per junior for Cambridge residents, and £30 per adult and £15 per child for non-residents.

Pay and play concession cards give up to 50% off normal admission prices. They are available to people who receive benefits or are aged 60 and over. They cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

Applicable benefits include income-based jobseeker's allowance (JSA), employment and support allowance (ESA), council tax benefits, disability living or working allowance and pensions tax credit.

Pay and play student cards give up to 35% discount to full-time students. They cost £7.50.

School swimming

40% of 11-year-olds are incapable of swimming 25m unaided, according to the 2013 Kellogg's Amateur Swimming Association Survey. As a result of these findings, we provide:

  • Funding for five primary schools, to deliver additional teaching resource in lessons for pupils in year 4, 5 and 6.
  • Funding for up to 100 pupils in year 5 and 6 who are not predicted to reach Key Stage 2 swimming standard requirements, to access lessons. Pupils are identified through referrals by their school's GLL swimming instructor.
  • Funding to deliver individual swimming lessons to local disabled children.  Lessons are provided by Level Water – for more information see our Level Water leaflet [PDF, 0.3MB].

We also support school swimming by providing free pool time for lessons to take place.

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