Cheltenham Lido

Day trips


  • All The Family
  • Under 5s
  • School Age
  • Adults






Sandford Parks Lido is one of Cheltenham’s most popular attractions. A great day out for all the family, with heated main pool, kids pool and paddling pool, plus a large picnic area and cafe.

As well as being a fun day out, the 50m pool is also an ideal place to train, with two lanes are reserved most days.

Sandford Parks Lido Entry Prices

Adult £5 Family of 2 £7.20
Concession* £2.70 Family of 3 £12.10
Under 5’s Free! Family of 4 £14.70

There is a large car park suitable for over 150 cars which sits directly outside of the lido. Parking fees start at £1.70.

There are regular non-swimming events held at Sandford Parks Lido throughout the season
The annual sunrise swim takes place every June and there is also a ‘night swimmer’ event, with competitors supporting charities during a moonlit 12-hour swim from 8pm to 8am.

For more information on events taking place at Cheltenham Lido, visit our Events section.

The Sandford Parks lido opened in May 1935 and was popular as the biggest pool in the West Midlands and one of the only heated outdoor pools in the UK (yes it was heated even back then!)

After year of popularity, even after the opening of Cheltenham’s indoor pool in the seventies, the Lido received funds to secure its future from local donations and lottery funding:

In 2006, Sandford Parks Lido secured funding for the refurbishment of the main pool. £250,000 was raised from direct donations (Buy us a pint appeal), £50,000 from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust with Landfill Tax contributions from Cory Environmental Ltd and £382,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. “Sandford Parks Lido contributes significantly to
Cheltenham’s central conservation area and is nationally important.” – taken from the Heritage Lottery statement.

Nerys Watts, Heritage Lottery Fund Manager in the South West commented; ‘Historic outdoor pools are like gold dust and Sandford Parks Lido is a real gem. Whether you’re cooling off in the summer sun, taking the kids for their first swimming lessons or just enjoying the history of the site, the restored Lido will benefit everyone in Cheltenham and beyond.’

Open hours

Monday6:30 - 9am11am - 7:30pm
Wednesday6:30 - 9am11am - 7:30pm
Friday6:30 - 9am11am - 7:30pm
Sunday8 - 9:30am11am - 7:30pm