Pells Pool

Type:Aqua Park

Brook Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2BA

Tel: 01273 472334

Pells Pool, outdoor lido, wild swimming

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The Pells Pool is the oldest documented freshwater outdoor public swimming pool in the United Kingdom, set in the beautiful town of Lewes in East Sussex. They celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2011 and continue to welcome thousands to the unique lido pool in the summer months each year.  

The Pells is an unheated spring-fed pool - 50 yards (46 metres) long by 25 yards (23 metres) wide. There are facilities for the whole family to enjoy, from the tree-lined green lawn, sun terrace and exercise lane, to the children's paddling pool, floats and other recreational equipment. 

Come for the day and enjoy a picnic on the tree-lined lawn. They sell snacks, coffee & tea, soft drinks & ice cream. 

Customers get 20p reduction if you bring your own cup and they will be selling reusable cups.  They also have a water fountain - so bring your own water containers to refill.

The pool is heated only by the sun, so water is usually cool at the start of the season and warms up as the weeks go by. For people interested in open water swim training, wetsuits can be worn to swim in the pool whenever they're open and they always have a lane set aside for lap swimming. 

There are male and female changing areas, and there are small lockers free to use. There are three open-air warm showers beside the pool. Male and female toilets and an accessible toilet.

They have ramp access to the pool for people with mobility needs - and wheelchair available for use to access.  There is an accessible toilet, shower and changing area. 

They do not allow dogs to be brought into the Pells.

Guide Prices

Tickets (For Each Session)
Adult - £4.50
Children (Under 16s) & Concessions* - £2.20
Family (2 Adults And 2 Children) - £12.50
Children Under 2 - Free
Children Under 5 - Free Before Noon, On Weekdays In School Term Time

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* The Pells Pool is currently closed for the winter. See website for opening times for the 2022 season.

Early morning swims (7am-9am) every weekday

Last paid admission each day is 30 mins before closing - ie 6:30pm for the usual 7pm evening close

Early Summer Season:
Early morning swim: 7am-9am adults (weekdays only)
Noon-7pm (weekdays and weekends)

High Summer Season:
Early morning swim: 7am-9am adults (weekdays only)
10am-7pm (weekdays and weekends)

Autumn Season: Every Day.
Open every weekday 7am-10am (adults) and 3pm-6.30pm everyone.

Open every weekend noon-6.30pm

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