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“Fabulous!! Adorable & Delightful! One of the Best Open Air Pools in the UK! Friendly, Lovely People!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portishead Open Air Pool

Portishead Open Air Pool
The Esplanade, Portishead BS20 9HD, England
01275 843 454
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Portishead
Type: Water Parks, Amusement Parks
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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous!! Adorable & Delightful! One of the Best Open Air Pools in the UK! Friendly, Lovely People!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

I've visited many lidos and OAPs and Portishead OAP is outstanding and in my top 3! I love Portishead Open Air Pool - it's adorable!! One of my faves!! I wish it were my local pool!!

It's not just the swimming facilities - a long 33m pool, clean water and bright clean changing area (love the changing room curtains!) - that make this pool so special but the character of the buildings and people that work there! An' army' of wonderful volunteers keep this pool open and they obviously love and cherish it! The locals had to fight to keep this treasure from closing and you can tell that they love and adore it!

Every time i go, i meet such friendly staff - the new manager (Tash) and volunteers (Ray, Margaret, Peter) have been welcoming, friendly and informative and display utter passion for their jobs and the pool. It's lovely and a breath of fresh air! Previously i've chatted to Mike, Heather and Martine - who are exactly the same! I've chatted to swimmers and they're lovely too! They make this place what it is and give it its 'soul'!!

If you like retro / 60's architecture, you'll love and appreciate the design of the pool complex as a building - the diving boards & sun terrace are 'typical' of the era! The view from the top terrace is amazing - looks over the Bristol Channel / Estuary. The pool is situated next to a gorgeous lake area and exclusive housing. The town is really nice too (great charity shops, cafes).

Swimming is often choppy due to the breeze from the Channel - which makes it a challenge and a good work out! Sea stroke often required! It's great fun diving in and messing around in the deep end too!!

Entry prices are very reasonable and there's free parking too.

How lucky you are in Portishead to have this gorgeous pool on your doorstep!!

Visited May 2013
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Bristol
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“A refreshing swim!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a lovely place for a swim or sunbathe As the name suggests, it is open air. Since this place sprang back to life I feel as if I have "experienced" summer, rather than been too busy to enjoy it. The pool is a little longer than some of the older pools in Bristol, so worth making the trip for a better work out. The water is heated & very clean, making cool or cloudy days a pleasure. The place is largely run by community volunteers, who I think make a very professional job of it!
Shower facilities & changing rooms are provided, and there is a cafe with a shoreside view next door.

Visited April 2013
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“Wonderful outdoor swimming!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Since being adopted by a community trust 5 years ago, the pool has gone from strength to strength. The water is warm and sparkling, the changing rooms are clean and the showers are great. The pool is perfect both for serious swimmers (it's longer than your average) and for families wanting to enjoy a lovely day out. There's a toddlers' pool too. You can buy a snack from the kiosk or picnic on the terrace, overlooking the estuary, and on a summer's evening there is no better place to be!

Visited April 2013
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“Newly Refurbished”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Fantastic pool with a bar downstairs. Perfect for kids and families. Plan to visit n a sunny day if possible, its a little chilly otherwise!

Visited August 2012
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barbarella50, Guest Relations Manager at Portishead Open Air Pool, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Hi Paraprin
Thanks for your review. Just thought you'd like to know that we open for the season on 20 April and the weather forecast looks good. We may be an open air pool, but did you know the water is heated to 28C and the showers are hot as well?
The bar you mention is next door (attached to the pool) not downstairs, in case anyone gets lost looking for the stairs (we don' have any!)

Best wishes, Barbara
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Bristol
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“A big bonus for Portishead”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

When this Charity took over Portishead Open Air Pool the number of visitors soared and it thrives - always work being done to improve it - one can swim anyday the water is warm!"

Visited September 2012
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