Ware Town Council

Serving the Local Community

Ware Priory Lido

The Lido is now open with a reduced capacity until restrictions ease.  The teaching pool remains closed until further notice for repairs. 

For the latest information, and to book please visit our brand new website :  click here

Address: Priory Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0DE
Telephone: 01920 481563 (during the season)
                   01920 460316 (main Priory reception out of season)
Email: lido@warepriory.co.uk

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Situated in the grounds of Ware Priory, the Lido has both a 30m main pool and a smaller teaching pool. There is a smaller toddler play area, refurbished in 2018 and a room that is available to hire for private events. There are family changing rooms, and male and female changing rooms with hot showers, and also, new for last year, a set of poolside showers. The lido is serviced in peak sessions by a kiosk serving food, drinks and ice creams. Fully qualified RLSS Pool Lifeguards and a First Aider are on duty at all times.

The term ‘Lido’ is from the name of a place in Venice where bathing took place.  They usually have areas for sunbathing, watching, eating and are designed for activities around water. The Ware Priory Lido was built in 1934 and substantially altered before the 2016 season began with new changing rooms, reception area, toilets, events room, grass and new paving round the pool.

In addition to our swim sessions, we also offer private hire of the Lido for Swim Clubs, Schools, Community Groups and Private Parties.

To make a private hire enquiry for the Lido please contact the Lido Manager by email at mailto:kat@warepriory.co.uk

Lido Booking Form – Private Hire 2021

Lido Booking Form – Concession 2021



Ware Lido received a large investment from GSK in 2016 and underwent a huge renovation..

Ware Town Council, as Trustee of the Priory Charity, was delighted that Ware Lido was the beneficiary of GSK’s investment as part of the company’s 300th birthday celebrations. Ware Lido is one of the few remaining lidos in Hertfordshire and is valued very highly by the local community.

Working with Friends of Ware Lido, the Town Council were trying to raise funds for some modest improvements to the facilities. However, this very welcome investment from GSK enabled us to carry out far more extensive improvements to the building, the changing rooms and the pool surround to improve the experience for swimmers.

Cllr Phyllis Ballam said “I would like to thank GSK for this very generous contribution to Ware Lido. With its long history in Ware, GSK is valued by the town as its largest employer and for being an integral part of the local community. On behalf of the Town Council, I am delighted that GSK is celebrating its 300th year by investing in the Lido for the benefit of residents of the town. I am proud of Ware Town Council for resisting the trend to do away with lidos.”

Friends of Ware Lido’s Liz Long said “Friends of Ware Lido are extremely grateful for the GSK contribution. These improved facilities should encourage even more people to discover or rediscover the joys and health benefits of outdoor swimming in our beautiful heated pool.”