Ruislip Lido Dog Beach

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The Dog Beach

When you visit Ruislip Lido, you want your furry friend to enjoy the trip as much as you! This is why there is a dedicated dog beach that is tucked out of the way of the bustling main beach.

As we say on our dog page, we ask that dogs be kept on leads around the lido and kept off of the main beach that is used by the general public.

We love dogs and want them and everyone else to have a great day at Ruislip lido.


Ruislip lido dog beach

The main features of the dog beach are:

Dog Waste Bin

Dog Friendly

Shady areas & bushes

A fence seperating the main beach

Made for dogs

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Ruislip lido dog beach - Arrows and notes to each section: main beach, dog beach, fence dividing the two beaches


Ruislip Lido dog beach is the only dog beach we are aware of in Greater London. Hillingdon, for sure. Now, if you live near the coast, it may make more sense to go to a dog beach there, but for many dog lovers in the city, this is the best option for your furry friends.

What else is there?

As if a dog beach in London isn’t good enough! But we will look at the other things on offer here.

The car park is pretty close to the Lido, which makes travel pretty simple. You can also reach us by public transport and London Underground. Check our directions page for more info.

Next to Willow Lawn car park is the miniature railway train station, and guess what? Dogs are allowed! It is at the discretion of the driver and the people manning the train, so always check first. But they let us on with our big German Shepherd, Labrador cross. He barely fit in the carriage but seemed to enjoy the ride. And what better way to get back to the car parks from the doggy beach?

Find out more on our dogs page.

Woodland Walks!

That’s right if you get bored of the dog beach, why not explore the surrounding woodland? Your dog will love it, and it’s nice and shady on hot days. With over 700 acres of ancient woodland, there are plenty of long walks available and exploration opportunities.

On busy days the lido area can become full pretty quickly, so a nice woodland walk might be a perfect way to relax.


That’s right, after any good exploration of the Lido, you’ll likely want to get some food and drink. Luckily there are plenty of restaurants at Ruislip Lido.

San Remo Cafe

The San Remo cafe by the beach offers a selection of snacks and meals from chips, and sandwiches, to all-day-breakfast, and burgers. There is an outside seating area that allows dogs on leads.

The Water’s Edge

The Water’s Edge allows dogs on leads in the outside section. Please check notices around the seating areas.

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Ruislip lido dog beach - Fence and entrance
Ruislip lido dog beach - dog poo bins
Ruislip lido dog beach - Arrows and notes to each section: main beach, dog beach, fence dividing the two beaches

History of the Lido

Did you know that Ruislip Lido was originally opened as a feeder reservoir for the Grand Junction Canal in 1811, then the reservoir was reopened as a lido in 1933. Our famous narrow-gauge railway, the Ruislip Lido Railway was later opened in 1945.


Ruislip Lido is home to ducks, moorhens, geese, swans, fish, squirrels, and more. There are dedicated feeding areas for the ducks and birds, but we ask that you only feed them nutritious bird feed such seeds, rather than bread.

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Beach & Lido

Build sandcastles, hunt for buried​ treasures, or splash in Ruislip Lido Splash Pad! There is always something fun to do at Ruislip Lido

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Play Areas

We have play areas that you'll love! The pirate ship on the beach, with climbing frames, and the water park. There's even an outside gym 

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Woodland Walks

Surrounded by Ruislip woods, you can follow one of our nature trails, walk around the Lido, and get a drink from the cafes
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Miniature Railway

Why not experience Britains longest 12" gauge miniature​ railway? Ruislip Lido Railway travels around the lido through the woods


PSA: Water Warning

Please be aware that entering the water is still not permitted. Please see our safety updates page for more information.

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Play Areas

We have a great selection of play areas that you'll love! The pirate ship on the beach, with climbing frames, swings, and more! There is also a splash water park, and even an outside gym for adults!

Something for the whole family

More to Explore at Ruislip Lido

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Planets Walk

Starting with the Sun, opposite the new boathouse, you will see each planet in order, from the Sun on this interesting walk.

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Introducing the newest addition to the Lido, which includes a community room that is available to hire.

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Fishing is permitted from 16 June to 14 March. A licence is required to fish the lake, and fishing rules apply.

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Feeding birds & ducks

There is a designated wooden bird feeding platform area for this activity on Willow Lawn. Please only feed birds from this location.
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Outdoor gym & running

For our fitness fanatics, there are plenty of areas for visitors to run and cycle (no official track) and an outdoor gym for anyone to use.
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Woodland Centre

Discover the past and present of the Lido and Ruislip Woods. Including conservation and traditional woodland crafts.

Get In Touch



Ruislip Lido, Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY