The Lido, Bristol

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The Lido, Bristol
Clifton Lido - 2.jpg
The Lido, Bristol is located in Bristol
The Lido, Bristol
Location within Bristol
General information
Town or city Bristol
Country England
Coordinates 51°27′32″N 2°36′42″W / 51.4589°N 2.6117°W / 51.4589; -2.6117
Completed c1850

The Lido, Bristol (grid reference ST576735) is an historic lido situated in Oakfield Place in the Whiteladies Road area of Clifton, Bristol, England. Originally opened in approximately 1850, the pool eventually fell into disrepair and was closed in 1990. Despite being considered for demolition, the building was given Grade II* listed building status in 1998. It was purchased by the Bristol Glass Boat Company who restored the pool, for its reopening in November 2008.


The Lido was originally built in 1849 and opened on 29 July 1850 under the name Clifton Lido.[1] The building frontage is in a classical style, originally housing the medicinal baths, offices and the boiler room. Behind the main building is a rectangular 250 square metres (299 sq yd) swimming pool.,[2] with the entire site covering a total of 885 square metres (1,058 sq yd).[3]

The central doorway is in an Egyptian style, with an additional doorway added in 1867 for The Victoria public house, which occupies part of the site. The pool has galleries on two sides, built in cast iron over two floors. On the third side there is a row of cubicles, canopied and with wooden panelled fronts.[2] The pool itself is heated, the oldest surviving heated pool in the country.[4]

Closure and restoration[edit]

The pool had fallen into significant disrepair by 1990 when it was closed to the public, and was considered for demolition.[5] However, the Lido and accompanying public house were designated Grade II* listed building status on 12 June 1998[2] and is set in a Conservation Area.[4]

In 2005 it was acquired by the Bristol Glass Boat Company,[6] who restored the pool with the addition of substantial spa facilities with saunas and other treatment rooms and built a restaurant and café.[4][7] It reopened in November 2008 as The Lido, Bristol.[8] The pool is kept at 24 °C, and the building offers spa treatments and massages. Priority is given to members, meaning day visitors are turned away at busy times.[9]



  1. ^ "History". Clifton pool. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Clifton Pool and The Victoria Public House". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Planning Document". Clifton pool. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  4. ^ a b c "Clifton Lido business and development plan" (PDF). Clifton Lido. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Before and after: historic buildings restored and transformed". Daily Telegraph. 
  6. ^ "New life for derelict city lido". BBC News. 2005-01-12. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Clifton Lido to return to the heart of the community". GVA Grimley. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  8. ^ "Suburb's Victorian lido reopens". BBC News. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-02. The pool water is heated by solar panels on the roof. The Victorian Clifton Lido in Bristol has reopened after two decades and a £2m revamp. 
  9. ^ Planet, Lonely; Wilson, Neil; Berry, Oliver; Duca, Marc Di; Dixon, Belinda; Dragicevich, Peter; Harper, Damian; Kaminski, Anna; Nevez, Catherine Le; Symington, Andy. Lonely Planet Great Britain. Lonely Planet. p. 772. ISBN 9781743605295. 

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