The £5-a-go swimming pool in Greater Manchester with wave machine, rapids, ripster slide and more

Hyde Leisure Pool is a hit with families
-Credit: (Image: Darren Robinson Photography)


When it comes to waterparks Manchester is seriously lacking. The new Therme attraction is now being built near The Trafford Centre, but that's not expected to open until 2025.

There is however one local swimming destination that attracts families from miles around - and that's Hyde Leisure Pool. It's certainly not your typical baths. It features a ‘Red Ripster’ aqua slide, wild water, water cannons, wave machine, bubble beds and geysers.

The Active Hyde site, part of Active Tameside, actually opened in 1987. In 2009, the pool shut for almost a whole year for a refurb of the steel framework, extension of the fitness suite, the refurbishment of the changing facilities and the building of the new health suite.

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This also allowed for the popular Red Ripster ride to be installed, and for a new cafe and spectator area to be created. Anyone 1.1m or taller can use the slide.

More recently, in July 2021, a brand new six-lane, 25m tank pool opened its doors there too and provides space for school swimming and learn to swim sessions.

It features a ‘Red Ripster’ aqua slide, wild water, water cannons, wave machine and more
It features a ‘Red Ripster’ aqua slide, wild water, water cannons, wave machine and more -Credit:Darren Robinson Photography

The new pool boasts a pool pod and changing spaces changing and shower rooms to enable those with disabilities to enjoy the pool.

Prices have risen over recent years, but it's a lot more affordable than other water parks and activities. It costs £5 for children, aged five to 16, and £7.50 for adults. For under fives it's £2.50 and you can get a family ticket, for either two adults and two children, or an adult and three kids, for £20.

Hyde Leisure Pool
Hyde Leisure Pool -Credit:Darren Robinson Photography

During Swim, Slide and Waves sessions, under fives must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 years or over at all times, in the ratio of one-to-one. Any children between the age of five and eight must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 years or over at all times, in the ratio of two-to-one.

Anyone can visit so you don't have to be a member. Visit the website to book.