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Where to Go Swimming In and Around Leeds

· Darcie Hewitt-Dudding · Culture

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Wondering where to go swimming in Leeds? We’ve got you covered for family-friendly and fitness-focused pools.

Get your cossie, grab your goggles and don’t forget your towel – we’re going swimming! Whether you’re practicing your backstroke, keeping fit or the kids want to make a splash, there’s a pool in Leeds that has you everything you need. Our handy list takes you through convenient local pools as well as ones a bit further afield that are well worth the drive.

Pools in Leeds

Local pools for low impact exercise, learning to swim and having fun with the family.

Bramley Baths

Bramley Baths

Bramley Baths is one of the most beautiful swimming pools in Leeds. It dates from the Edwardian times, and has period features like wrought iron railings and an arched window. Everyone is catered for here. There are general and lane swim sessions, as well as ‘Fun Swim’ sessions for kids, where the pool gets filled with loads of exciting floats to play with. You can do low impact exercise with their aqua zumba and aqua aerobics classes. An adult’s general swim session is £5, children are £3 each and under-fives go free.

Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 3DF.

Kirkstall Leisure Centre

Kirkstall Leisure Centre

There are lots of facilities to dive into at Kirkstall Leisure Centre. You can get your exercise in the 25 metre pool or help your toddler get to grips with the basics in the learner pool. They run lots of sessions, from disability swim to family fun swim, aqua aerobics to ladies only pool time. Out of the pool? You could grab one of the four bookable courts for a game of netball or squash, or get moving in a fitness class ranging from yoga to fencing. Adults can swim for £5.20, juniors for £2.50 and tots under three go free.

Kirkstall Leisure Centre, Kirkstall Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BE.

Ikley Pool and Lido

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Ilkley Pool and Lido has an indoor and an outdoor pool, with the unheated outdoor pool being open from May to September. It’s a picturesque set up, making it perfect for cooling down kids (and adults!) on hot days. That’s not all – there are picnic tables, a fountain, a cafe, tennis courts and a putting green to keep you entertained. And if the weather takes a turn for the worse, there’s still the warm waters of the indoor pool. It costs £4.80 for an adult swim, £2.50 for a junior under 16, and under-threes go completely free.

Ilkley Pool and Lido, Denton Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0BZ.

Armley Leisure Centre

Armley Leisure Centre

Looking for local swimming facilities in Leeds? Armley Leisure Centre has got everything you need. There’s a 25-metre pool to take a dip in, with lane sessions perfect for getting some gentle exercise in. They have a shallow learner pool too, which comes in at 10 metres by 8 metres, ideal for kids as they learn to love the water. If you’re in need of extra TLC, then there’s a hydrotherapy pool, where you can relax after a hard session of intense swimming. Adults swim for £5.20, kids for £2.50 and under-threes free.

Armley Leisure Centre, Carr Crofts, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 3HB.

Kippax Leisure Centre

Kippax Leisure Centre

Kippax Leisure Centre has one 25-metre pool, but it’s a great one if you want to practice your diving. The deep end has a sharp drop-off down to four metres, one of the deepest in the city. They have plenty of lane sessions in the timetable, so getting in your regular exercise here is a breeze. Their green credentials are pretty good, too. Solar panels help heat the pool and the building, so when you take a dip in the water, it’s eco-friendly! Prices are £5.20 for adults and £2.50 for juniors, with under-threes going free.

Kippax Leisure Centre, Station Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 7LQ.

John Charles Centre for Sports

John Charles Centre for Sport pool, Leeds

The John Charles Centre for Sports has a state-of-the-art aquatics centre, making it one of the best places for serious swimming in Leeds. It boasts a 10 lane, 50-metre Olympic-sized pool, as well as a 25-metre pool. They hold lane swims here, but if you’re looking to train for competitions, there are regular ‘Master’ sessions too. There’s a diving pool so you can practice your double somersaults too – they’ve got four diving platforms and two springboards. It costs £5.20 for adults, £2.50 for juniors and kids under three go free.

John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5DJ.

Rothwell Leisure Centre

Rothwell Leisure Centre

Whether you want to take your kids to the pool so they can jump in the deep end over-and-over again or so they can learn the basics of doggy paddle, Rothwell Leisure Centre has got you covered. There’s a 25-metre pool with a two-metre deep end and a shallow beginner-friendly learner pool to splash about in. If you’re an adult, you can take a dip for £5.20, kids can go for £2.50 and under-threes go for free. There’s also a 111-station gym, five sport courts and a spin studio on-site for all your exercise needs out of the pool.

Rothwell Leisure Centre, Wakefield Road, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8EL.

The Edge

the edge swimming pool

The University of Leeds’ swimming pool has got something to offer everyone. The floor moves, which means that it can raise up for fitness classes and learner swimmers or go down to two metres for advanced swimming. They’ve got a really comprehensive swimming programme ranging from kids lessons to one-to-one specialist instruction. You can enjoy modern changing rooms with underfloor heating, as well as a sauna and a steam room. You don’t have be a student to use the pool, and sessions start from £6.

The Edge, University of Leeds, Willow Terrace Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT.

Morley Leisure Centre

Morley Leisure Centre

Learning to swim? Whether you’re an adult or a child, you can learn to feel comfortable and confident in the water at Morley Leisure Centre. They’ve got a 25-metre pool for lane swimmers, adult learners and fitness classes like aqua aerobics. There’s a smaller, shallower pool for kids and tiny tots to enjoy being water babies in a safe environment with their families. Both have step access, if cannonballing or a high jump isn’t for you. Adults swim for £5.20, kids for just £2.50 and little ones under three swim free.

Morley Leisure Centre, Queensway, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 9JP.

Forum Leisure Centre

Forum Leisure Centre

Forum Leisure Centre is just a stone’s throw from Leeds city centre, perfect for an after-work swim. They have both a 25-metre swimming pool and a learner pool. Got a child learning how to swim? They’re a Swim England partner, teaching the Learn to Swim programme. They run regular classes, but half term sees intensive crash courses for faster progress. Adults swim for only £4.50, making it one of the cheapest places for adults to go swimming in Leeds. Under-12s swim for £3 and under-ones for £1.35.

Forum Leisure Centre, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7UA.

Fearnville Leisure Centre

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Fearnville Leisure Centre has two pools to exercise and relax in. The bigger of the two is 25 metres by 13 metres and they have dedicated daily lane swims. The smaller pool is often dedicated to learners, with regular school sessions scheduled in. You can use their gym, play tennis on one of three outdoor tennis courts and even have a game of squash. You don’t have to worry about parking, because it’s free! Adults swim for £5.20, kids can take a dip for £2.50 and if you have nippers under three, they swim free.

Fearnville Leisure Centre, Oakwood Lane, Fearnville, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 3LF.

Holt Park Active

Holt Park Active

Swimming at Holt Park Active means that you have access to three different pools. There’s the 25-metre pool for beating your personal best, the smaller one for learners and the hydrotherapy pool for relaxing in. Their facilities are fully accessible, with spacious changing rooms, a pool hoist and shower chair, as well as adapted equipment in their gym. Hungry? Grab a protein hit post-workout or a bite to eat with the kids at the on-site cafe. It costs £5.20 for adults to swim, £2.50 for juniors and it’s free for tots under three.

Holt Park Active, Holtdale Approach, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 7RX.

John Smeaton Leisure Centre

John Smeaton Swimming Pool

John Smeaton Leisure Centre has something for every age and ability. The 25-metre pool is available for lane swimming, family fun and fitness classes. You can work on your back stroke technique, enjoy a day splashing about with the kids or get some social exercise with aqua aerobics. The other sports facilities are great too, with an outdoor Astroturf pitch, four courts and two halls available to play everything from badminton to basketball. An adult swim session costs £5.20, for kids it’s £2.50 and under-threes go free.

John Smeaton Leisure Centre, Smeaton Approach, off Barwick Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8TA.

Pudsey Leisure Centre

Pudsey Swimming Pool

Pudsey Leisure Centre is one of the best pools in Leeds for a focussed swim. There’s a 25-metre pool with plenty of lane swimming scheduled in. The deep end has a depth of four metres and there’s a diving board too, so if it’s your dive skills you want to concentrate on, this could be the perfect pool for you. If you’re looking for lessons, there are regular slots in the weekly schedule to get the kids making a splash in no time. A session for adults is £5.20, kids can swim for £2.50 and little ones under three are free.

Pudsey Leisure Centre, Market Place, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BE.

Wetherby Leisure Centre

Wetherby Leisure Centre

With a big pool and a little one, Wetherby Leisure Centre is great for family days out. If you’re swimming for fitness, there’s 25 metres of pool for you to enjoy, with daily lane swims before, during and after work hours. Prefer fun sessions? There are plenty of general swims, fun hours and the 10-metre learner pool to get your kids enjoying the water safely. There are lessons for children here too, including adult and toddler sessions. As an adult, you’ll pay £5.20 for a swim, kids cost £2.50 and under-threes go free.

Wetherby Leisure Centre, Lodge Lane, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 5FN.

Swimming pools near Leeds worth the drive

Looking for something special? These pools are definitely worth the longer trip!

Eccleshill Pool

Eccleshill Pool

With 150,000 people visiting Eccleshill Pool every year, you might be wondering what makes it so good. Well, we could talk about the two pools (learner and main), the diving board, the modern baby-changing facilities, the roomy family cubicles and the swimming lessons, but really, it’s the slide that keeps people coming back. It’s a whopping 20 metres of whooshing adrenaline, guaranteed to send you whirling into the pool below. How can you resist? It’s £4.90 for adults, £2.50 for juniors and under-threes are free.

Eccleshill Pool, Harrogate Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD10 0QE.

Calypso Cove

Calypso Cove at Metrodome Leisure Complex

Calypso Cove in Barnsley is one of the biggest and best waterparks in the UK. Even if you‘re new to swimming, you’ll still have a ball. It’s pirate themed, and you can expect slides, slides and more slides. There’s Terror Torrent, the biggest and the fastest of all the flumes in the complex – maybe even the UK! Under-8s can enjoy the calm waters and mini-slide of Barnacle Bay, and braver kids can walk the plank or fire the pirate ship’s water canons. Adults swim for £9.50 and kids for £7.60, with a family ticket coming in at £32.

Calypso Cove, The Metrodome Leisure Complex, Queens Ground, Queens Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 1AN.

Doncaster Dome

Doncaster Dome

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Doncaster Dome has got everything. There’s an ice rink, a sports centre, a concert space, a play zone and, of course, a pool. But not just any pool. It’s an Amazonian Adventure with seven interlinked tropical pools! There’s slides, flumes, fountains, geysers and whirlpool spas, so there’s lots for kids and adults of all abilities (and sensibilities) to enjoy. Just fancy a swim? There’s a quiet pool for that too. Admission to the water park starts at £7.50 for adults, £5.50 for juniors, £3.50 for under-threes and £3 for spectators.

Doncaster Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7PD.

Shipley Pool

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Shipley Pool in Bradford is the perfect pool for getting your laps in or improving your confidence in the water. There are no kiddie slides here, just three pools dedicated to nailing your technique. It’s a centre of world-class diving excellence and its dedicated diving pool has a total of four boards. If you’re a newbie, there’s a whole host of swimming lessons and a teaching pool so you can put your feet on the ground at any time. Adults swim for £4.90, it’s £2.50 for juniors, with under-threes and spectators going free.

Shipley Pool, 5 Alexandra Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3ER.

Splash Park

Splash Park, Huddersfield Leisure Centre

Splash Park in Huddersfield is well worth the trip out of Leeds, especially if you’ve got kids in tow. Try out the exhilarating Sidewinder – hop in your rubber ring and plummet down the near-vertical water slide, only for it to send you flying up the other side! If you’re feeling like something a little more sedate, take a trip down the lazy river, floating gently around the bends. Don’t fancy the slides? Play with the buckets, jets and enjoy the fun pool. Adult prices start from £4.40, juniors from £2.50 and aged two or under £1.

Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Spring Grove Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4BP.

Keighley Leisure Centre

Keighley Pool

Keighley Leisure Centre is packed with sports facilities. As well as a 25-metre main pool, a three-metre learner pool and a thrilling 40-metre waterslide with a plunge pool, they boast a sports centre, gym, sauna, steam room and a cafe. The pool has lots of different sessions, so whether you’re a serious swimmer working on your lap times, a parent with kids to keep happy, or someone looking for a class to help you keep fit, you’ll find something here. Adults pay £4.90 and kids £2.50.

Keighley Leisure Centre, Hard Ings Road, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD21 3JN.