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Jubilee Pool, Penzance A Iconic Art Deco Lido Revival

Perched dramatically on Penzance’s seafront, a short stroll from the town centre sits the remarkable Jubilee Pool. Built in 1935 and restored after storm damage in 2014, this unique Grade II listed saltwater lido promises summer fun for all ages.

Whether you fancy lazy days sunbathing beside the turquoise sea, gentle pool swimming as waves crash behind, or simply soaking up the relaxed atmosphere, Jubilee Pool encapsulates the quintessential British seaside experience like nowhere else.

Here’s everything you need to plan a visit to enjoy one of Cornwall’s most iconic attractions

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Getting There

The Jubilee Pool complex sits prominently on Penzance’s promenade directly overlooking Mount’s Bay beach midway between the town’s harbour and fishing port.

It’s easily accessed on foot in just 5-10 minutes from Penzance railway and bus stations. Limited paid parking is available at the rear of the pool off Alexandra Road or along the seafront.

Opening Times & Tickets for Jubilee Pool

Standard Opening Hours

May – October – Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm Weekends: 10am – 5pm (note October weekends only)

November to April – Closed

Admission Entry

Adult (16+ years) £5 Child | (4-15 years) – £4 |Under 4s – Free | Family (2 adults, 2 children) – £15

You can buy tickets online for convenience

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Things to See & Do

Art Deco Architecture – Marvel at the stylish curved facades, nautical porthole windows and sleek white changing cubicles dating from its 30s origins. Opt for poolside loungers to admire the Grade II building with Mount’s Bay vistas too. Don’t forget your camera!

Heated Pool Swimming – Plunge into the inviting heated seawater pool for few invigorating laps or just gentle paddling. At over 100 ft long with a separate kids’ pool added in 2016, Jubilee Pool offers summer swims with an incredible backdrop.

Promenade Café Bar– Refuel families between dips with tasty light lunches, ice creams and chilled drinks at the smart café. Or simply relax under striped beach umbrellas at the adjoining sun deck overlooking the coastline.

Summer Events Programme – From family fun days, fitness classes and live music evenings to silent discos, Jubilee Pool packs in events galore. Don’t miss special highlight days like the legendary Mile Swim raising funds to maintain this superb facility.

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How does the Jubilee Pool work?

It is a unique lido that uses a combination of geothermal energy and seawater to heat its pools. Here’s how it works:

Geothermal heating:

  • A deep well, about 410 metres deep (the height of one and a half Eiffel Towers!),taps into the natural heat of the Earth.
  • This hot water is then pumped to the surface.
  • Heat pumps extract heat from the geothermal water, transferring it to the pool water via a heat exchanger.
  • The cooled geothermal water is then reinjected back into the ground, ensuring a sustainable cycle.
  • Seawater:
  • The main pool and learner pool are filled with natural seawater, which is not heated.
  • The seawater in the shallow pool is cold and comes from the main pool.

The Jubilee Pool’s geothermal heating system is a sustainable way to heat the pool, as it has a low carbon footprint.

Using seawater also helps to reduce the pool’s reliance on treated freshwater.

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Pool features

  • The Jubilee Pool has three pools:
    • Main pool: This is the largest pool and is suitable for all ages and abilities. It has a maximum depth of 1.35 meters.
    • Learner pool: This pool is shallower than the main pool and is ideal for young children or those who are less confident in the water. It has a maximum depth of 0.85 meters.
    • Geothermal pool: This pool is heated to a temperature of up to 32 degrees Celsius and is perfect for a relaxing swim. It has a maximum depth of 1.2 metres
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there parking available near the Jubilee Pool? – Yes, there are several pay and display car parks within walking distance of the pool. On-street parking is also available, but be sure to check any restrictions.

Can I bring my dog to the Jubilee Pool? –  Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the pool area or cafe. However, there are dog-friendly beaches nearby if you’d like to take your furry friend for a walk after your swim.

Is the Jubilee Pool accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs? – Yes, the pool has wheelchair-accessible changing rooms and ramp access to the main pool and cafe.

Do I need to wear a swimming cap at the Jubilee Pool? – Swimming caps are not compulsory, but they are recommended.

Are there any inflatables or floats allowed in the pools? – No, inflatables and floats are not allowed in any of the pools.

Are there lifeguards on duty at the Jubilee Pool? – Yes, there are qualified lifeguards on duty during opening hours.

Can I take swimming lessons at the Jubilee Pool? – Yes, the pool offers swimming lessons for all ages and abilities. Check the website for more information and to book.

Does the Jubilee Pool have changing rooms? – Yes, there are separate changing rooms for men, women, and families. Lockers are available for a small fee.

Are there showers available at the Jubilee Pool? – Yes, there are hot showers available in the changing rooms.

Can I store my belongings at the Jubilee Pool? – Lockers are available for rent in the changing rooms for a small fee.

Is there a cafe at the Jubilee Pool? – Yes, there is a cafe on-site serving a variety of food and drinks, including snacks, light meals, and hot and cold beverages.

Does the cafe have seating with sea views? – Yes, the cafe has outdoor seating with stunning views of Penzance and the surrounding coastline.

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Other Nearby Attractions

When you are finished at the pool, think about visiting some of these nearby places:

  • Chysauster Ancient Village – Explore the fascinating remains of this Iron Age village, including several stone round houses interconnected by passageways, occupied since Roman times near Gulval.
  • Zennor Quoit – This mysterious Neolithic monument consists of a huge capstone balanced atop rough stone pillars on moorland between Zennor and St Ives. Nearby are other ancient sites like Chun Quoit.
  • St Michael’s Mount – Catch a ferry or walk across the causeway at low tide to explore this tidal island topped with a medieval castle and church, linked to legends of giants, with stunning views across Mount’s Bay.
  • Minack Theatre – Watch an open-air performance etched into the dramatic clifftop backdrop overlooking the sea at this famous theatre near Porthcurno between April and September annually.
  • Mousehole Harbour – Walk the narrow lanes of this classic Cornish fishing village dotted with cafés and independent shops which lead down to the picturesque tiny protected harbour.
  • Trengwainton Garden – Dating from the 1820s, this National Trust garden near Madron contains exotic flowering plants and shrubs from across the globe, set amongst ponds, streams and wooded areas.
  • Levant Mine & Beam Engine – Go underground at this 19th century Cornish tin mine near St Just and discover the huge steam engine used to power what was once Europe’s deepest mine shaft.
  • Geevor Tin Mine – Take a guided tour into the depths of the largest preserved mine site in the UK, operational until 1990 but mined since ancient times. Surface buildings also explore Cornish history.
  • Lamorna Cove – Follow windy roads down to this tranquil wooded fishing cove surrounded by streams and waterfalls, with an artist community and options for scenic coastal walks.

Far more than just any lido, Grade II listed Jubilee Pool with its glamorous art deco styling encapsulates the quintessential British seaside experience like nowhere else. Here’s hoping this Penzance icon continues ‘taking the waters’ for future generations to enjoy for the next 100 years!

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