Proudly the city’s only Olympic size pool, the University of Birmingham swimming pool should be the first stop for any swimming enthusiast. Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned amateur or a fully fledged professional, they cater for all in their brand new Selly Oak complex which opened in 2017.
University of Birmingham, Bristol Road, Birmingham, Edgbaston, UK, +44 121 414 4117
Another new development in the city is just a short drive away in Harborne. Pushing swimming to the fore of their interests, Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre encourages swimmers of all abilities to get involved, with a gym and plenty of fun classes on offer too.
Lordswood Rd, Birmingham, UK, +44 121 428 6820
Perfect for a family day out, Cocks Moors Woods is synonymous with swimming in Birmingham. This sports centre is the largest of its kind in south Birmingham and boasts a 25m pool with four lanes, a wave machine, slides and so much more to keep the kids entertained – while gym classes, badminton and football should keep the adults occupied.
Alcester Rd S, Kings Heath, Birmingham, UK, +44 121 516 5641
While swimming may be most people’s reason for visiting Fox Hollies, there’s so much more here than just a pool. While more experienced swimmers can take on its larger pool, there’s a smaller induction pool for young children – and the centre regularly hosts fun play and splash sessions too. Done with swimming? Fox Hollies also welcomes you to its 120-station gym, badminton, squash and racquetball courts, floodlit 3g pitches, 400m running track and and indoor cycle studio.
Shirley Rd, Acocks Green, Birmingham, UK, +44 121 796 2330
Named after the former chairman of Aston Villa Football Club, this sports centre at Aston University bears an impressive history. Its period 1902 pool is particularly impressive; it’s one of the oldest in the city and as a result, one of the most popular. Knowing you’re in such a historic setting makes swimming a dream.
Aston University Woodcock St, Birmingham, UK, +44 121 204 4623
Stechford Leisure Centre is a child-friendly centre. Recently refurbished, the leisure centre is equipped with a 25 meter pool, a separate dedicated teaching pool, sports hall and gym. This is one of the most popular swimming pools in east Birmingham.
Station Rd, Birmingham, UK, +44 121 796 2331
This private members sports club in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston is sure to be your key to tranquility. Edgbaston Priory Club houses both indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools that are open all around, alongside a steam room, sauna and an outside spa pool. Alongside this, the Priory Club excels in racquet sports.
Sir Harrys Rd, Birmingham, UK, +44 121 440 2492