Top ten places to swim in Cornwall

From fun pools and infinity pools, to tidal pools and oceans, Cornwall has a swimming experience for everyone. Swimming is the perfect way to keep fit, why not travel the county and experience some of the most unique swimming pools in Cornwall.

Here’s our top ten.

1. Jubilee Pool, Penzance


Penzance is an historic harbour on the south-facing shore of Mount’s Bay with one of the mildest climates in the UK. One of the hidden gems of Penzance is the Jubilee Pool, the UK’s largest seawater lido. It’s a fabulous venue for swimming, sunbathing or simply relaxing by the poolside. A shallow children’s pool set within the main pool area provides an ideal environment for youngsters to enjoy the water in safety.
The pool will open every day from 25th May to 1st September 2013 from 10.30am – 6pm.

Watch the video on Jubilee Pool by Visit Cornwall

2. Watergate Bay Hotel Swim Club


The Watergate Bay Hotel 25m infinity pool with ocean views is the ultimate pool for relaxation. Featuring a café-bar, three treatment rooms, an outside cedar hot tub and direct access to the beach. Flanked on two sides by glass, it is an extension of the Atlantic, only warmer. Bi-folding doors along one length of the pool can be opened on sunny days making it feel just like an outdoor pool.

Day membership or being a guest of the hotel will give you access to Swim Club for the day.

3. Summerleaze tidal pool, Bude


Sea swimming but without the worry of being swept out to sea. Bude’s sea pool located on Summerleaze beach is part-natural part-man made created in the 1930s. The Pool provides plenty of room for paddling or serious swimming: inflatables, snorkels surfboards and even scuba divers are welcome.

4. Padstow to Rock


The Padstow to Rock Swim is one of only a handful of UK Open Water swims that anyone can enter. The one mile swim across the Camel Estuary aims to raise substantial sums for charity and since 2007 has achieved sums of over £150’000.
Reckon you could do it? It’s much harder than it looks!

5. Swimming the Brisons


Each year people take to the Atlantic to swim from Brisons rock to Cape Cornwall, just off Lands End. The Brisons is a large rock about a mile out to sea which at high tide looks to be split in two; some even refer to it as ‘General de Gaulle in his Bath’. The event is never advertised but instead relies solely on word of mouth; so get down to Lands End and see what else you can find out about it.

6. Oasis Fun Pool, Newquay


Oasis Fun Pool at Hendra Holiday Park is a perfect attraction for the whole family, whatever the weather. They boast an indoor and outdoor pool, three water flumes, giant tap, a river rapid ride, fountains and waterfall plus a toddler area with slide.

7. Sea swimming at Gyllyngvase Beach, Famouth


One of only six Blue Flag 2012 award winning beaches in Cornwall, Falmouth’s largest beach, Gyllyngvase, is a fine crescent of sand popular with families, swimmers, wind-surfers and canoeists.

Swimmers can often be seen taking a dip early in the morning.

8. Kernow Splash Mobs


Every Friday, up until mid-September, Kernow Splash Mob meets at 6.30pm at Porthminster Beach, St Ives, to improve their swimming technique and have some splash mob fun. The sessions are free for all, and the group invites people of any age to join them.

9. The Tamar Swim


The Tamar Swim will take place on 15th June. It’s a 1,200 metre swim along the river dividing Cornwall and Plymouth. The event has a limited number of places but you could always head down to the Union Inn in Saltash and show your support to those swimming.
The swim begins at 10am and swimmers must bring a brightly coloured swim hat so that they are easily spotted.

10. The sea


There is enough of it about, so jump on in, with or without a wetsuit.

Watch this blog for some more interesting swimming related posts!

7 thoughts on “Top ten places to swim in Cornwall

  1. Susanna Paris

    Ive always felt that Falmouth could benefit from having a lido ,and it could be built at Castle Beach .
    I first used s lido when on holiday in Sandown in the Isle of Wight on a family holiday .,
    Castle Beach has a problem often in the winter when it loses its sand .
    The only problem would be parking .

  2. Christine Webb

    My husband and are moving to Newquay later in this year, hopefully by the end of May. Are there any public swimming pools in the Newquay area? We do not have a car so would be reliant on public transport. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Yours sincerely
    Christine Webb

    1. sam

      Hi Christine,
      Thank you for getting in touch. The main public pool in Newquay, Waterworld, is very close to the town centre. Happily, there are plenty of transport options into the town. We wish you and your husband the best of luck with your move.
      Team WGB

  3. Susan

    We are coming to Cornwall on holiday 23rd March 2018. Is there anywhere that has an outdoor pool that will be open that week please?

  4. frankie

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for getting in touch. You can find a number of lidos scattered around Cornwall. Our favorite is mentioned above, at Summerleaze Beach. Unfortunately at that time of year, it’s tricky to find an outdoor swimming pool as they tend to open in June.
    Team WGB


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