Ruislip Lido

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

Led Walk: Ruislip Lido and Woods


No swimming

The beach at Ruislip Lido is open, but swimming is not permitted. This is because:

  • the shock of cold water can make swimming and getting out of the water difficult
  • the depth of the water changes and is unpredictable
  • underwater objects and hazards may not be visible
  • swimmer's itch can be caused by an allergic reaction to certain microscopic parasites living in the water.


The council operates a Close Season at Ruislip Lido. Fishing is not permitted between Wednesday 15 March and Thursday 15 June (inclusive). Anyone caught fishing or carrying out any fishing related activity during this time will be liable to a fine of up to £100.

Events and filming

To enquire about holding an event on site or if you have a general enquiry about Ruislip Lido, email

To enquire about undertaking filming, photoshoots or stills photography on site, email

Woodlands Centre

The Woodlands Centre at Ruislip Lido offers lots of interesting woodland activities, including nature walks in the woods, family walks and craft sessions.

For more information about the centre, opening times, activities and school parties, email or

Getting to Ruislip Lido

As car parking at the lido is limited,​ we encourage the use of public transport - the H13 and 331 buses stop close by Ruislip Lido and the woods. 

Plan your visit using the Transport for London journey planner.

View our car park charges and information


Reservoir Road



Phone number
01895 556000
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Opening hours
From 1 October to 31 March, the car parks at Ruislip Lido will close at 7pm, 7 days a week.