Bethlem Royal Pool

bethlem pool


Directions to Bethlem Hospital pool from Monks Orchard Road BR3 3BX; Drive in the main gates and turn left following the visitor car park signs. At the T junction turn left then immediate right going down River Way. At the end of the road turn right into Forest Drive, then right into Gresham Way continue up to spot roundabout. Turn left at spot roundabout, turn left down a small side road leading to a car park. The pool is on your left.
If you are walking go straight forward then right along back road and the pool will be on your left hand side.

Click here to download a map showing the pool location. Simply follow the red dotted line to the pool.
(Please note this route is temporary whilst building works commence)

Monks Orchard Road




Site Rules

  • Once you are inside the gates of the Bethlem Royal Hospital please respect the doctors and patients who work and attend the hospital by not allowing your children to roam freely.
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Once inside the building blue over-shoes must be worn over your shoes or shoes taken off, no shoes to be worn on poolside or in the changing room, this is to help keep the poolside and changing area clean.
  • If you use any nappies or swim nappies please take them home with you and do not leave them in the changing rooms or in any bins on the hospital site as there are strict guidelines for sanitary waste at hospitals.
  • Once children are 8 and over they need to use the correct changing rooms for their gender, parents should also not be entering the wrong changing room for their gender even if it is only to help get their child changed.


The children receive a swimming award at the end of each term which indicates their progress throughout the term. The swimming certificates and badges are either based on skills learnt during the term or distance (how far the children can swim using correct technique without stopping). Once they reach the top lengths groups they can work through their bronze, silver, gold and honours challenge awards and bronze, silver, gold life saving awards. Click here to see the STA Octopus Badge information.
To see the other badge criteria click here.


Please can you make sure the alarms situated in the changing rooms, by the exit and just inside the pool are not pressed. They are connected to the paramedic team at Bethlem who think each time is an emergency. Children like to press the exit button but please can you oversee they press the correct one. For those who are new, the exit button is green and is located just inside the pool entrance.

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