The Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre - Aston University

Birmingham, England, UNITED KINGDOM

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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
The Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre - Aston University
Woodcock Street, Aston Triangle
Birmingham, England B4 7ET
(0121) 204 4623

Adult Admission Price & Policy

£4.20. [April, 2018]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
25y (22.85m) x 9.75m, 3 lanes at all times (slow, medium and fast), indoors, 30ºC (86ºF).


Enter the campus at Aston St.; pass the Main Building and Business School; at the “T” junction, turn right onto Woodcock St. The sports centre is on the right. Park on Woodcock St., Faraday Warf or Car Park 6 (weekdays after 5:30 and weekends).
Historical County
52.486019, -1.886355

Teams That Use This Facility

Masters Swim
Warley Wasps
See the Youth Swim team website, linked to its name, below.
Youth Swim
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Facility Notes

Woodcock Swimming Pool is one of the oldest operating pools in the country. This beautiful and historic pool is open to the public. Also in Woodcock Sports Centre is a fully equipped gym, fast tan sunbeds and large sports hall.

Facility Reviews

Unique! Change in the cubicles around the pool and leave your clothes in the cubicle - hang a towel over your door as you leave to show that it's occupied.
It's not the biggest pool and there were only three lanes out when I visited (evening). It was busy but really nice to swim somewhere other than a big standard modern pool for a change.
[June, 2014]
A real gem. This pool started off life at the end of the nineteenth century as one of the City of Birmingham Corporation's public swimming baths. Listed by English Heritage (a Government Agency) for its historic interest, those of an architectural bent might be interested in the listing citation, which reads: "...the main POOL (c.1902) in a long rectangular hall with white tiled walls with blue and brown banding, and terra cotta decoration. To both sides, narrowly arcaded cubicles with terracotta arches studded with ball ornament. Roof structure of bolted elliptical girders, pierced with quatrefoil decoration, boarded above (but with raised clerestory visible externally). East end has viewing gallery with iron balustrade of freely handled Gothic design and wide terra cotta blind arch. West end wall has a large 3-light transomed mullioned window with coloured glass set in a terra cotta frame with side panels. The pool is tile lined with bands of polychrome tiles."

On a late afternoon visit, the pool was laned (fast, medium, slow) and very quiet: there were no more than three swimmers in any lane. Despite its age, the facility appeared to be very well maintained and spotless. The lifeguards and other staff evidenced a real pride in their historic place of work.
[June, 2014]