Ruislip Lido

Coronavirus Update

(Correct and updated 01/08/20)

There are no attractions open at the Lido at present apart from the café which is take-away only, no seating and contactless payment only and the railway has also opened.  

With effect from 1st June the beach area is CLOSED
and likely to remain so for some time.

There are NO TOILETS OPEN other than those on
Willow Lawn Car Park.

(The local residents only car park)

Car parking in the area is being strictly enforced.

The History of Ruislip Lido Railway
New for 2020

The Ruislip Lido Railway

Click here or on the image to find out how to get hold of a copy of this book charting the history of this major Ruislip Lido Attraction..

Introduction

Ruislip Lido is a large lake (technically a reservoir) towards the north of the London suburb of Ruislip in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

It makes a splendid walk, there is a miniature railway, a pub, a beach, several picnic areas, children's playground and a café. It is, in the summer, a very popular place to go.

There is no admission charge at Ruislip Lido but there is a charge to ride on the railway and to park your car (unless you have a "Hillingdon First" card). 

The car parks at Ruislip Lido (and car parking in the area in general) can be confusing. Check out our Ruislip Lido Car Parks section if you plan to drive to the Lido. Cars frequently get tickets or towed away. We also suggest alternative parking options if you find them full. 

Use the menu at the head of each page to find your way around this large web site. Here you will find information on the its construction, its heyday (1960's and 1970's), it's demise and rebirth to what it is today, a VERY popular west London attraction.  

What we all today know as Ruislip Lido started life in 1811 as Ruislip Reservoir and was built as a feeder for the Grand Junction Canal, later, in 1933, to become the Grand Union Canal (Company), and thus our nearest canal being known by the name it has today.

The area selected was initially a shallow valley flanked by Park Wood to the south and a now non-existent hamlet of Park Herne to the "north", where the latter was demolished to make way for the reservoir as it was built. 

You can read what people think of Ruislip Lido on TripAdvisor here


A view taken over Ruislip Lido in 2019

Ruislip Lido on a sunny day
Picture courtesy of Pinner Wedding Photography

Take a flight around the Lido