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Ruislip Lido

Ruislip Lido, a 60-acre lake with sandy beaches and a narrow gauge railway around it, is set on the edge of Ruislip woods.

Ruislip Lido - Beach area


Ruislip tube station is on the Uxbridge branch of both the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines. H13 and the 331 bus routes stop close by the lido and the woods. Two roads, Ducks Hill Road (A4180) and Breakspear Road North, cross Ruislip Woods NNR.

Address: Ruislip Lido, Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY

Car Park: available  

Opening times 

Months Times 
January and February9am to 4pm
March9am to 5pm
April 9am to 6pm
May, June, July and August9am to 8pm
September9am to 7pm
October9am to 5pm
November and December9am to 4pm


  • Beach
  • Woodland Centre
  • The Waters edge restaurant/pub (This is not managed by LBH)
  • Cafe/restaurant beach side (This is not managed by LBH)
  • Tea Room at Willow Lawn Train Station (This is not managed by LBH)
  • Fishing platforms (when permitted)
  • Play areas 
  • Watersplash area
  • Mini gauge railway
  • Public toilets (includes disabled facilities and baby changing units)
  • Changing room facilities 
  • Free car parking 
  • DDA accessible paths

Note: Currently boating and swimming is not permitted in the lake.

Woodland Centre

Open every day to discover the past and present of the Lido and Ruislip Woods. There is information on conservation and traditional woodland crafts such as coppicing to making charcoal from our own coppiced woods. In the woodland centre there is a room that can be booked for school education activities.

BBQs or fires 

BBQs and fires are not allowed anywhere at the Lido or surrounding woods. 


Picnics can take place on Willow Lawn and Beach side and other areas around the Lido.

Feeding of the birds and ducks

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

Note: Only feed the wildfowl with nutritious seeds and grains such as wheat, oats and cracked corn. Vegetables such as potatoes and lettuce are also better alternative to bread which is not advisable. Food should be thrown into the water to avoid encouraging the birds onto the banks. 


Fishing is permitted from 16 June to 14 March. An Environment Agency rod license is required to fish the lake. Fishing rules apply. Fishing is only permitted from the designated wooden fishing platforms.

Play areas

  • Beach side - We have a fantastic water splash pad that is very popular, which opens April to end of September.
  • We have two playgrounds. One with general swings and slides and more. The other which is more adventurous that tests your balance and strength.
  • We also have the sand area where children can build sand castles.


Dogs are welcome at the Lido but please keep your dog/dogs under proper close control at all times. Please put any dog waste in the bins provided or take it home.  Please do not let your dog chase the wildlife.  The beach side area of the Lido is a dog on lead zone at all times and dogs are not permitted on the beach. Dog control orders are applicable at Ruislip Lido and in the woods.




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