Manchester Aquatics Centre

Manchester, England, UNITED KINGDOM

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Facility Overview

Facility Name
Manchester Aquatics Centre
Address
2 Booth Street East at Oxford Road, Ardwick
Manchester, England M13 9SS
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone
(0161) 641 6310

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Drop-in/Casual
£4.70. [February 2018]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
50m x 21m, 8 lanes, with a bulkhead that rises from the floor to divide the pool into two smaller tanks, one 25m, the other 23m, for short course swimming , indoors , 27ºC (81ºF)
Pool 2
50m x 12m, 4 lane training pool, depth adjustable from 0m to 1.8m depth , indoors , 28ºC (82ºF) (See "Notes", below.)
Pool 3
25m x 16m, 0m - 5m adjustable depth diving pool , indoors , 27ºC (81ºF)
Pool 4
20m x 7m, 0m - 0.8m depth leisure pool , indoors , 30ºC (86ºF)
Diving
Two 1m and two 3m diving boards; 3m, 5m, 7.5m, and 10m diving platforms.

Location

Location
Opposite the Geoffrey Manton Building on the All Saints Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University.
Historical County
Lancashire More Information
GPS
53.46964, -2.23554

Teams That Use This Facility

Masters Swim
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Triathlon
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Youth Swim
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Youth Swim
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Youth Swim
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Youth Swim
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Water Polo
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Water Polo
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Facility Notes

In addtion to the pools described above, there is also a 20m x 7m, 0m - 0.8m depth "leisure pool".
Pool 1 is operated long course during early morning sessions every day.
Pool 2 is reserved for the GB Paralympic Swim Team; on the rare occasion that it is opened to the public, the temperature is adjusted to that shown above.
This facility hosted the aquatic events of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and, until the construction of the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 London Olympic Games, was the only venue in the UK that boasted two 50 metre pools.

Facility Reviews

This is a great pool! The temperature is reasonable … there are lane ropes, backstroke flags, and pace clocks. Parking is easy at the parking garage around the block.
It's an outstanding facility. The Centre has its own adjacent parking lot.
An outstanding facility close to Manchester's two universities, to the Royal Northern College of Music, and to the City's main hospital and medical school. It's served by regular bus services from the City Centre along Oxford Road and is only a 15 or 20 minute walk away from the Town Hall right in the heart of the City. On my visit at 09h00 on a weekday, the 50 metre pool was laned for lap swimming. There were seven marked lanes: two slow; two medium; two fast; and one very fast. The pool was lightly used, with no more than about 40 swimmers overall; the lane that I used never had more than three swimmers in it. Given that the 50 metre competition pool is not available for lap swimmers all the time (sometimes they will need to use one or other of the two 25 metre training pools), it is wise to check the timetable on the facility's website.

Surprisingly, for a modern and very large facility, the non-gender specific changing accommodation is dimly lit and rather cramped, the non-gender specific showers even more so, with only eight shower heads to serve three swimming pools, a diving pool; and a fun pool. Lockers require a refundable deposit of a £1 coin. Don't let these very minor irritations put you off going there.
[May, 2015]