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About us

The Strand Lido and Leisure Park is a popular destination for visitors, full of great things to do including:

  • summer outdoor pool
  • river walks
  • cafe
  • play park areas.

The Strand lido pool is not artificially heated and is a saltwater pool.

It was opened in 1896 and is the only remaining riverside tidal saltwater pool in the country.




Outdoor lido pool dates and opening times

The Strand Lido will open on weekends from 25 May 2024. During the summer holidays 2024 it will be open 7 days a week.

The following sessions will be running:

  • session 1: 10.30am to 1.30pm
  • session 2: 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

You must prebook a session online before you arrive.

Please see prices and terms and conditions here.

Contact us

Out of season and out of hours, please contact Medway Park:

Phone: 01634 336 655
Social: For up-to-date information follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram
Location: Pier Road, Gillingham, ME7 1TT.

Outdoor pool at Strand Leisure Park
Girl in inflatable at the Strand outdoor pool

 We are delighted that The Strand Lido has become a member of Historic Pools of Britain. AHistoric pools of Britain logo pool that epitomises the spirit of lidos as a place for fun and wellbeing, which it has been providing to its community and visitors for over 120 years, and that is historically significant as the only remaining riverside tidal saltwater pool in the country. We look forward to celebrating all that The Strand Lido embodies as one of the Historic Pools of Britain.”

Clare Short, Historic Pools of Britain.


Icon of person in wheelchairDisabled access

The Strand Leisure Park has:

  • disabled access
  • disabled parking
  • disabled changing facilities
  • disabled toilets
  • disabled social areas.

For The Strand lido pool, you may bring one carer free to support your swim. Please provide evidence on entry if you are registered disabled.

If you have mobility issues, there are gradual stepped entrances with hand rails to the pool. Before booking, we suggest a site visit when we are open to check your accessibility.

Parking icon Parking

Parking charges apply from 7am to 1am at The Strand and costs: 

  • £1.20 for up to 1 hour
  • £1.70 for 1 to 2 hours
  • £2.70 for 2 to 4 hours
  • £3.70 for 4 to 6 hours 
  • £5.40 for over 6 hours.

This car park has the Ringo app for online cashless payments. (prices correct at time of latest update, but subject to annual change)

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