Stanhope pool is a community created charity venture first started in 1974. The pool is one of a few open-air pools remaining in the UK and is situated nicely among the North-Pennine hills.  The pool is maintained by volunteers and is financially supported by Durham County Council,  the Weardale Area Action Partnership and donations from our patrons. 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the current guidelines for social distancing for Swimming Pools from Swim England,  there are too many adaptations and not enough customers for it to be viable for the limited time we could open once we are allowed. Consequently, we have decided we will not be opening this year and will use the time to do essential maintenance in preparation for the 2021 season. It will make a change for our volunteers to work in the warm sun rather than the snow.



This seasonal 25 x 13m open air pool is a rarity in the modern time of homogenised leisure centres. The main pool is heated to a toasty  27°c (82°f). The most uncommon feature, however, is a springboard, which results in the pool tapering off from 1 meter deep to 3 meters deep

For children too young to be in the main pool there is a smaller pool, which is heated to the same temperature, and has a small slide, but is only half a meter deep.

Also on the premises, we have a cafe area with a  sauna. However, the sauna is usually only available as part of a private booking.

Snacks and refreshments are all available on site from the shop, as well as items like dive toys, armbands and goggles.

Timetable and prices

Unfortunately due to FROST damage that happened during our very cold and wet May, we will  be opening mid June.

Information for booking tickets will be available nearer the time.

Rules & admissions

Facility rules

  1. No rough or boisterous behaviour
  2. No sexualised behaviour
  3. No spitting
  4. No shouting, screaming or whistling
  5. No swearing or obscene language
  6. No fighting or bullying
  7. No pushing
  8. No running on poolside
  9. No Smoking
  10. No consuming alcohol

Please pay attention to all signs within the facility, they are there for your safety.

Please respect our staff, they are only doing their job.

Admission Policy 

  • All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 16 years or above and on a ratio of no more than 1 adult to 2 children.
  • The responsible person must go into and remain in the water with the child or children that they are accompanying for the entire time that the child/children are in the water.
  • Whilst in the pool the responsible person must maintain constant supervision over the child/children that they are responsible for.
  • If the child/children are weak or non-swimmers the responsible person must be in close contact with them.

In accordance with the guidelines set by the Chartered Institute of the Management of Sports and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and our risk assessments we enforce the following:

  • Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied into the water at all times by a responsible adult (over 16 years) with a ratio of no more than 1 adult to 2 children.
  • Children under the age of 4 years must be accompanied into the pool by a responsible adult on a ratio of 1 adult to 1 child. However, the ratio becomes 1 adult to 2 children in the event that EVERY child is wearing suitable buoyancy aids.

Suitable buoyancy aids are those that fully support the child’s weight in the water and remain secure both in and out of the water.

Customers may be asked to remove any fun inflatables not constituting a buoyancy aid if the bather number reaches or exceeds 60 people.

Lifeguards will request a swim test for children entering the deep end of the pool if they appear to lack confidence or have not demonstrated the required skills.

Please respect our staff, they are only doing their job


Stanhope Pool Ltd
Castle Park,
Co Durham.
DL13 2LU

Email : info@stanhopepool.co.uk

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/stanhopepool/