Cleveland Pools in Bathwick are the UK’s only surviving Georgian open-air swimming pools. A project is underway to restore them to their former glory. But for the moment they are offering a fabulously retro photo opportunity!
Unfortunately, the pools won’t be open until they are restored. But you can contact the pools trust to request a special tour. You certainly would stumble on them by accident as they are well hidden away in Bathwick on the banks of the Avon behind a row of houses.
The pools were built around 1815 and stayed open until 1984, so there are plenty of people in Bath who remember playing in them as children. Now there is £4m+ project underway to restore the pools. Apparently, the pools used to be fed with water from the Avon, but this time round the water will be from the mains and heated!
These photos were taken just before sunset and I love the way the sun catches on the water. It would be fun to visit the pools in winter when the water is frozen. (For photography, not swimming, obviously!)
Tours of the pools are available by appointment only. Please see the Cleveland Pools Trust’s website for details.