Welcome to the Pells Pool, the oldest documented freshwater outdoor public swimming pool in the United Kingdom. In the beautiful town of Lewes in East Sussex, we celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2011 and continue to welcome thousands to our unique lido pool in the summer months each year.  


The Pells Pool is a spring-fed pool - 50 yards (46 metres) long by 25 yards (23 metres) wide. There are facilities for the whole family to enjoy, from our tree-lined green lawn, sun terrace and exercise lane, to our children's paddling pool, rafts and other recreational equipment.


Come for the day and enjoy a picnic on the tree-lined lawn. We sell snacks, coffee & tea, soft drinks & ice cream. The Pleasant Stores stall at the pool also provides delicious baked goods.


The pool is heated only by the sun, so the water is cool at the start of the season and warms up as the weeks go by. For people interested in open water swim training, wetsuits can be worn to swim in the pool whenever we're open. Pool temperature at mid-September is now 18-19 degrees C.

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Breaking news: Open for absolutely final swim session 3pm-5pm Saturday 19th Sept after the lido challenge.


Everyone invited to watch and support the Macmillan Lido Challenge at the Pells on Saturday 19 September.



Our 2015 season was extended from Monday 14 September to Friday 18 September. Open 3pm-6pm each day.  



Our normal season started on Saturday 16 May and ran until Sunday 13 September.

Opening times were

  • Weekends: 10am-7pm 
  • Weekdays: 7am-9am (adults only); and noon-7pm.
We sometimes close early at 5pm if the weather has been poor and no-one at the Pool. Check Twitter and Facebook for updates.





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Browse photos of the Pells Pool on Flickr 




Apply for a 2015 season ticket

Download our 2015 season ticket form and return with a cheque and passport style photo to the kiosk or send it to PPCA, 13 Talbot Terrace, Lewes, BN7 2DS. 


Find your way to the Pells Pool

General day prices kept the same for fifth year running! All day tickets £4 for adults and £2 for children: full detail of ticket prices.


Keep in touch

We update our Facebook and Twitter feed regularly so you can find out the latest news about what is happening at the Pells. 


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Contact us: email thepellspool@yahoo.co.uk  


Donations to the Pells

We're proud to say that you can now donate to the Pells Pool through the Local Giving site - and easily gift-aid your donation.




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