Love a lido? We’ve found the coolest ones around the country

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  • Fancy cooling off this summer? We’ve rounded up the UK’s best lidos. Dive in…

    Tinside Lido, Plymouth

    Overlooking the sea and decked out with a cafe and spacious terrace, Tinside Lido can be found at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and is the ideal spot for swimming and sunbathing. Or, join one of their cinema evenings, or dance and music performances. Entry fee: £5

    Ilkley Pool and Lido, Ilkley

    Enjoy views of Ilkley Moor as you take a refreshing dip in the lido (it’s not heated), before lounging on the grass with a 99. There’s also a picnic area, putting green and tennis courts, so it’s a great spot for families and active types. Entry fee: £4.80

    Thames Lido, Reading

    Definitely not your standard lido, this one is set by the river Thames in King’s Meadow park and is the result of an intensive three-year restoration project (the original pool was built in 1902 with a budget just under £5,000). It includes a restaurant, tapas bar and spa – we’re talking hot-stone massages, saunas and hot tub, the lot. Entry fee: £20

    Lido Ponty, Pontypridd

    With three swimming areas (admittedly, one of these is a splash pool), the Lido Ponty has come a long way since it was first built in 1927. The Waterside Cafe is great to hit up for some post-swimming fuel (a freshly-brewed Americano or slice of lemon drizzle, anyone?) or even just on weekends for a full Welsh breakfast. Entry fee: £2

    Gourock Pool, Gourock

    A dip in this 33-metre saltwater lido comes with spectacular views of the Holy Loch. Gourock Pool, located on the banks of the River Clyde, is the oldest heated swimming pool in Scotland and includes a waterfront gym that’ll make you want to follow up your laps with a session on the treadmill (yes, really). Entry fee: £4.30

    Take the plunge: Three hotels with fabulous outdoor pools

    Cowley Manor, Cotswolds

    Surrounded by 55 acres of manicured gardens, the outdoor pool is large enough for serious swimmers, and ideal if you fancy switching between perfecting your breaststroke and enjoying the treatments at the C-Side Spa. Rates start from £205 per room per night.

    The Curtain, London

    Serving a day-to-night Mediterranean menu, as well as incredible views over London, Lido at five-star hotel and members’ club The Curtain is a real rooftop oasis with an impressive retractable glass ceiling. Rates start from £235 per room per night.

    Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, Devon

    With a gorgeous seafront pool, this hotel is a great option if you fancy dipping your toes in the water while enjoying the beautiful red cliffs of the Jurassic Coast in East Devon. Rates start from £190 per room per night.

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