The best outdoor pools and lidos for a summer swim in the UK

With hot weather on the way, why not cool off in one of these pools or lidos?

By Rosalind Erskine
Friday, 19th July 2019, 4:12 pm
Picture: John Devlin
Picture: John Devlin

From seaside swimming in Gourock to a brine pool in Cheshire, these are the best lidos and pools to cool down in this summer whether you're at home or on enjoying a getaway.

This lido, built in 1935, is unheated meaning it can be anything between 14 and 24 degrees - perfect for cooling down, or waking up.
Located in a private courtyard, the Feversham Arms outdoor pool is the ultimate oasis for those looking to relax and cool down.
Located in the heart of the Lake District and offering the stunning natural backdrop of Lake Windermere Low Wood Bay is the perfect destination to enjoy nature in the sunshine.
Located in Hampshires New Forest, the Macdonald Elmers Court hotel has a picture perfect pool.
Theres nothing more luxurious than chilling in an outdoor infinity pool of this grandeur located in 300-acre woodland and featuring a stunning roof top spa.
Featuring a spa garden, Swinton Park is set in the beautiful 200-acre grounds of North Yorkshire countryside on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
This elegant outdoor pool can be found in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.
This fresh water pool is heated and has gained increasing popularity over the years with fun days and aquathons bringing in thousands of visitors of the summer.
Another one run by volunteers, this lofty pool is 900 feet above sea level making it Englands highest heated outdoor pool.
Run by volunteers, this 17m long pool opened in 1964.
Opened in 1935, this brine pool is now kept at 22 degrees, making it an ideal place to swim no matter what the weather.
Droitwich Spa Lido - 40m open-air saltwater swimming pool - was reopened in 2007 after closing in the 90s.
Nothing says British summer like a 20-metre outdoor pool in the heart of a country retreat. Relax on the loungers and listen to the nature all around, or take a plunge into the refreshing pool to cool off.
Gourock's outdoor pool is one of the most popular in Scotland, probably due to the fact it's heated to 29C or it may the spectacular views of the Clyde Estuary.
First opened in 1934, Stonehaven's open air Olympic sized swimming pool is one of the most famous pools in Scotland and is the most northern lido in the UK.