Ruislip Lido was initially created as a reservoir, for the Grand Junction Canal in 1811, it is still a reservoir, but with the addition of an artificial beach. The lido is located in Ruislip, within the London Borough of Hillingdon, England, situated between Ruislip Common, Ruislip Woods (a Site of Special Scientific Interest), and Poors Field.
Originally opened as a feeder reservoir for the Grand Junction Canal in 1811, the reservoir was reopened in 1933 as a lido, with facilities for swimming and boating. A narrow gauge railway, the Ruislip Lido Railway was opened in 1945, and now runs about two-thirds of the distance around the reservoir.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the Lido had fallen into a state of disrepair, the lido has since undergone renewal works and was the subject of an enhancement project unveiled by the London Borough of Hillingdon in January 2010. The project involved the return of boating and swimming in the reservoir, which had previously not been possible due to pollution and an artificially low water level.
Beach & Lido
Ruislip Lido, a 60-acre lake with sandy beaches, is a great place to take the family. Play in the sand, build sand-castles, splash about, and have fun! The fun of the seaside, closer to home.
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!
Did you know Ruislip Lido is home to Britain's longest 12" gauge miniature railway? Ruislip Lido Railway travels around the Lido from the car park, through the woods, to the beach. A great way to see the Lido and woods.
Ruislip Lido is situated near to Ruislip woods, why not take a leisurely walk around the lido through the beautiful woodland? You can always get a drink and a bite to eat in one of the cafes or restaurants to recharge.
More to Explore at Ruislip Lido
Starting with the Sun, opposite the new boathouse, you will see each planet in order, from the Sun on this interesting walk.
Introducing the newest addition to the Lido, which includes a community room that is available to hire.