Guildford Lido Introduction

glido1Guildford’s open-air pool, the Lido, is open for the summer season from April to mid September. Set in 4½ acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and heated to 26 degrees centigrade, the Olympic sized pool is a great place to chill out, meet friends, picnic and, of course, do some serious swimming!

The Lido is one of Guildford’s hidden treasures. Tucked away next to Guildford College and 1 minute from the A3, it is one of the country’s few remaining original 1930’s pools. Extensively refurbished by Guildford Borough Council over the last few years, it welcomes an average of 90,000 people every season and is home for a variety of community galas, competitions and parties.

The Lido is also home to the Workshop gym, which opened in 2003 and
is Guildford’s only heavy weight sports gym.

2006 Season runs Saturday 29th April - Sunday 17th September.

Monday - Sunday: 10.30am - 6.30pm Public swimming
Tuesday & Thursdays: 7.00pm - 9.00pm Evening lane swim
Wednesdays: 8.00am - 10.00am Early morning swim


Daily  £4.30
Off-peak (after 4.30pm)  £3.20
Evening swim  £3.20
Early morning swim  £3.20

Junior, students & senior citizens
Daily £3.20
Off-peak (after 4.30pm) £2.20

Families (4 people, max. 2 adults)
Daily £13.40
Off-peak (after 4.30pm) £9.20

Season tickets
Adults £86.50
Juniors & students £64.50
Senior citizens £43.50
Family (4 people, max 2 adults) £270.00

School parties (per person) £2.20
The concession rate applies to admission for groups
from registered charities, schools and non-profit
organisations. These only apply if the booking was
made in advance.

Deck chair £2.50
Crazy golf £2.10

Guildford Lido - Fascinating Facts:
  • Guildford Lido was opened in June 1933 by the Mayor of Guildford, Alderman William Harvey, and has been continuously used since this time.
  • It was commissioned and built within 6 months at an estimated cost of £14,500.
  • Original entry to the Lido was 6d (sixpence).
  • There are an estimated 116 open-air pools still open in Britain.
  • Over the last five years Guildford Borough Council has spent £2.25 million on a five-phase development plan which included replacement of the plant, filtration system and pool tiling as well as a new entrance and new sports gym called The Workshop Gym.
  • The Lido welcomes approximately 90,000 visitors each season.
  • It is 50m long and is a depth of 1m at both ends and 2m in the middle.
  • It is heated to a maximum temperature of 26 degrees.
  • The average number of visitors over a weekend is around 3,500.
  • Every weekend over 6 large wheely bins of rubbish are collected.
  • The Lido is used for general swimming, galas, training, private parties and functions.
  • It is used by adults, young children, senior citizens, schools, charity groups, church groups, canoeists, swimming clubs, triathletes, octopush – under water hockey, snorkling club and sub-aqua.
  • At the end of the season the pool is drained for maintenance work.

Contact Us

Tel: 01483 444888
Address: Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1HB
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