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Bathing pools

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The bathing pools are Victorian era intertidal structures consisting of three seawater pools and a horseshoe shaped swimming area. The pools are filled by the sea twice a day at the higher tides, as the tides drop they provide a calm swimming area for the public to enjoy.

The pools are accessible year-round with no entrance fee. There is free on-street parking nearby, with both short- and long-term spaces. Facilities include changing rooms, toilets, free cold freshwater showers, hot showers (payment required), cafe and defibrillator.

Although the pools are man-made, they are subject to natural forces of the sea and weather. While this is part of what makes them so special, the public should be aware of the risks of swimming in sea pools, and always use caution and best judgement when entering the water. Please see the safety signs at the pool for more detailed information on staying safe when swimming.  

Guernsey has some of the larges tidal range in the world, at times even the railings of the bathing pools are covered, creating unseen obstructions. The pools will start to cover at tides above an estimated 6m for the Ladies and Gents pools, and 7m for the Children's. This will vary depending on weather and climate conditions. Tide times can be found on www.tides.digimap.gg.

  • Cleaning schedule and scheduled pool closures

    • The surface of the pools need to be cleaned of algae to prevent them becoming slippery. In the winter, the pools are cleaned once a month. This is increased to twice a month from April to October when the warmer temperatures increase algal growth. The table below shows the dates when the pools will be closed for cleaning. This is subject to change but will be updated accordingly. If the table doesn't display clearly on mobile, you can access this in the downloads section. Please report any problems to aclms@gov.gg.
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      Ladies pool

      Horseshoe pool

      Gents

      Children's

      January

      Wednesday 10th

      Thursday 25th

      Wednesday 10th

      Thursday 25th

       Thursday 11th

      Friday 26th

       Thursday 11th

      Friday 26th

      February

      Thursday 8th

      Thursday 22nd

      Thursday 8th

      Thursday 22nd

      Friday 9th

      Friday 23rd

      Friday 9th

      Friday 23rd

      March

      Monday 11th

      Monday 25th

      Monday 11th

      Monday 25th 

      Tuesday 12th

      Tuesday 26th

      Tuesday 12th

      Tuesday 26th

       

      April

      Monday 8th 

      Tuesday 23rd

      Monday 8th 

      Tuesday 23rd

      Tuesday 9th 

      Wednesday 24th

      Tuesday 9th 

      Wednesday 24th

      May

      Tuesday 7th

      Thursday 23rd

      Tuesday 7th

      Thursday 23rd

      Wednesday 8th 

      Friday 24th

      Wednesday 8th 

      Friday 24th

      June

      Thursday 6th

      Thursday 20th 

      Thursday 6th

      Thursday 20th  

      Friday 7th

      Friday 21st

      Friday 7th

      Friday 21st

      July

      Thursday 4th

      Tuesday 23rd

      Thursday 4th

      Tuesday 23rd

      Friday 5th

      Wednesday 24th

      Friday 5th

      Wednesday 24th 

      August

      Monday 5th

      Wednesday 21st

      Monday 5th

      Wednesday 21st

      Tuesday 6th

      Thursday 22nd

      Tuesday 6th

      Thursday 22nd

      September

      Wednesday 4th

      Wednesday 18th

      Wednesday 4th

      Wednesday 18th

      Thursday 5th

      Thursday 19th

      Thursday 5th

      Thursday 19th 

      October

      Thursday 3rd

      Thursday 17th

      Thursday 31st

      Thursday 3rd

      Thursday 17th

      Thursday 31st

      Friday 4th

      Friday 18th 

      Friday 4th

      Friday 18th

      November

      Thursday 14th

      Thursday 14th

      Friday 1st 

      Friday 15th

      Friday 1st 

      Friday 15th

      December

      Monday 2nd

      Monday 16th 

      Monday 2nd

      Monday 16th 

      Tuesday 3rd

      Tuesday 17th 

      Tuesday 3rd

      Tuesday 17th  

  • Café

    • The cafe at the bathing pools sell a selection of hot and cold food, drinks and snacks. In winter, there is a log fire to help you warm up after a cold swim. More information can be found at www.thebathingpools.com
  • Events

    • If you would like to hold an event in the café, please contact 07781 451 472 or visit www.thebathingpools.com
    • If you would like to hold an event in or around the pools, please contact aclms@gov.gg. The pools are for the public to enjoy, so generally we will not allow the entire space to be closed for private events. Events of more than 50 people will require public liability insurance.
  • Access

    • Access to the Children's pool, Horseshoe pool and Gents pool is via step access.
    • In 2022, a ramp was installed to the Ladies pools. Due to the nature of the pool environment, the ramp is steep in places.  
    • Surfaces of the pool surround is varied and can be uneven. It may be slippery when wet.
    • Handrails are provided along most of the staircases.
    • The pools are filled naturally by the sea, as such they are subject to variations in tidal conditions and temperature. Always use caution and best judgement when entering the water
  • History

    • The bathing pools at La Vallette were originally built to compensate for the loss of swimming facilities caused by the expansion of St Peter Port harbour. The horseshoe pool was the first structure to be built in 1844, it compromises of a a circular stepped wall that is open to the sea to allow swimmers to access to the water. The ladies and gents pools were built in the 1870's, with the children's pools added 20 years later.  Victor Hugo was known to swim in the pools during his exile on the island from 1865 - 1870, as did the artist Monet during his visit to the island in 1883.

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