The Best Swimming Pools in Birmingham

Birmingham might be the most land-locked city in the UK, but has more canals than Venice, allegedly, but definitely less gondolas, and canals are really not great for swimming in unless you enjoy risking being attacked by geese or submerged by canal boats.

If you're in the area for a dip, pop in for a coffee...

This is a bit of a problem for those who enjoy a good swim, especially in the city centre. However, there are some cool little swimming pools dotted around the central business district.

We take a look at the best swimming pools in and around the city centre, don’t forget your arm bands and floating aids!

The Birmingham Marriott Spa

The Birmingham Marriott Spa is situated at the top of Broad Street and has some great facilities. There's a Jacuzzi to relax in, gym, and a Turkish scented steam room. The Marriott's swimming pool is very small but is heated and just big enough to get into your rhythm when going for that front crawl or backstroke, or doggy paddle if you're feeling lazy.

Bannatyne Spa & Pool

If you fancy joining a gym and spa then Bannatyne Spa & Pool is ideal. Situated in Brindley Place this heated pool is small but very private with additional jacuzzi, sauna and steam room (single sex). There are day rates for full use of the spa's facilities. The spa has an extensive list of treatments and an all round package for the professional working in the CBD.

Amala SPA & Pool at Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency may be a swanky big hotel, but it's also built on top of Amala SPA which includes a small but adequate swimming pool. The luxurious Amala Spa is an oasis of serenity which features state-of-the-art facilities and services. Guests can sign up to long term pacages or pay as you go. There's a jacuzzi at one end of the pool, a plunge pool, sauna and gym which all add to the appeal of this one-stop-shop in very heart of the city centre. Amala pool is open Monday to Friday and is the perfect place to unwind and get some lengths in.

  • 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2JZ

  • 0121 6321 690

  • 06:30 - 22:00

Birmingham Central Fitness & Wellbeing Gym

Birmingham Central Fitness & Wellbeing Gym just so happens to also have a fair sized pool suitable for getting in some distance after a stressful say at work. This modern club is more than just a gym, offering you the best facilities, services and wellbeing experts which Nuffield are well known for. The gym is within close proximity to Five Ways train station, at the end of Broad Street and in a great location for anyone living or working in Central Birmingham. Open seven days a week, the gym offers free, regular Health MOTs, huge variety of classes, Swimming pool and spa facilities with separate lanes, multi-club access, free parking, on-site experts, including physiotherapists and those all important swimming lessons.

Aston University Swimming Pool

Situated near Eastside is Aston University Swimming Pool. The pool originally opened in 1902 and is currently one of the oldest swimming pools in Britain, so don't expect any mod cons! It is a well preserved Edwardian pool and was previously named Woodcock Street Baths. It is now home to Sport Aston. Sport Aston offers a comprehensive learn to swim programme for adults who are beginners or those who want to improve their swimming ability. The Woodcock Street facility comprises includes 25m pool, three lanes (slow, medium, fast), variable pool depth from 1.2 – 1.8m, sauna & steam room. You can pay as you go from £2.50 or take up a membership – a great place to feel inspired whilst honing your skills in the water.