Tinside Pool

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Tinside Pool
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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
Address Hoe Road, Plymouth
Postcode PL1 3DE
Opened 1935 (reopened 2005)
Closed 1992-2005
Owner Plymouth City Council
Architect John Wibberley (1878-1936)
Type open-air, seawater
Status Grade II Listed
Length 180 feet (55 m)
Depth 2 feet (0.61 m) − 9 feet (2.7 m)
Website Official website

Tinside Pool is a unique 1935 Art Deco lido in the city of Plymouth in south-west England.[1][2] 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.[3][4]


The lido was officially opened on 2 October 1935.[5]

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.[5] The facility re-opened to the public in 2005.[1][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.[5] 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 BBC (2005). "Point 6 - Tinside Pool". Coast Walks. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  2. ^ Smith, Virginia Sarah (2007). Clean: a history of personal hygiene and purity. Oxford University Press. p. 321. ISBN 978-0-19-929779-5. 
  3. ^ Plymouth City Council. "Tinside Opening Times". Archived from the original on 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Sparkle returns to art deco lido". BBC. 14 Aug 2003. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Tinside Lido and Changing Rooms". Images of England. 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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