Tinside Lido

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Tinside Lido
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50°21′47″N 4°08′33″W / 50.3631°N 4.142389°W / 50.3631; -4.142389Coordinates: 50°21′47″N 4°08′33″W / 50.3631°N 4.142389°W / 50.3631; -4.142389
AddressHoe Road, Plymouth
PostcodePL1 3DE
OpenedOctober 2, 1935 (1935-10-02) (reopened 2005)[1]
Owned byPlymouth City Council
ArchitectJohn Wibberley (1878-1936)
Typeopen-air, seawater
StatusGrade II Listed
Length180 feet (55 m)
Depth2 feet (0.61 m) − 9 feet (2.7 m)

Tinside Lido is a 1935 Art Deco lido in the city of Plymouth in south-west England.[2][3] It is sited beside Plymouth Sound and is overlooked by Plymouth Hoe and Smeaton's Tower. The lido is open in the summer months between May and September.[4][5]


The lido was officially opened on 2 October 1935.[1]

A victim of declining popularity and neglect, the lido closed in 1992 but a vociferous local campaign led to a renovation, at a cost of £3.4 million, and Grade II Listed Building status in 1998.[1] The facility re-opened to the public in 2005.[2][6][7]

A lift and hoist were added in 2009 for disabled access.


The lido design is a semicircle of 180 feet (55 metres) diameter.[1] There is a large central fountain and two smaller side fountains. The Lido is not heated.

Sun loungers and deckchairs are available for hire.


  1. ^ a b c d "Tinside Lido and Changing Rooms". Images of England. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b BBC (2005). "Point 6 - Tinside Pool". Coast Walks. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  3. ^ Smith, Virginia Sarah (2007). Clean: a history of personal hygiene and purity. Oxford University Press. p. 321. ISBN 978-0-19-929779-5.
  4. ^ Plymouth City Council. "Tinside Opening Times". Archived from the original on 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  5. ^ "Sparkle returns to art deco lido". BBC. 14 Aug 2003. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  6. ^ Jenny Landreth (8 July 2006). "Take me to your lido; Nothing beats diving into cool sparkling water on a hot summer day. Here, three friends set out on a mini tour of outdoor pools". The Guardian. Alongside the ring of bright lido water pushing into the grey sea are several smaller, unregulated pools and rickety diving platforms... It had a stunning view: a turn of the head took you from the chopping sea to the clarity of the pool; a lift of the chin took your eye from the blue water to the blooming of "Plymouth" written in municipal bedding plants on the hill above.
  7. ^ "10 seawater pools". The Guardian. 14 July 2007. This beautiful 1930s colonnaded structure below Hoe Road reopened in 2003 after years of neglect and local government wranglings. The huge, semi-circular, art deco-inspired pool uses treated seawater and is open for a cooling dip from May to September. Plus there are three tidal pools built into the rocks next door, with high diving boards to boot.

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