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Manchester Aquatics Centre, Manchester

Categories: Fun & Games, Sports Complexes
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1.6/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
The Manchester Aquatics Centre is a public aquatics sports facility south of the centre of Manchester, England, north of the main buildings of the University of Manchester, and near the Manchester Metropolitan University. It was purpose–built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and cost £32 million to build. Before it was built, for many years its site was open waste ground left by demolishing inner-city industrial terrace houses.The building was designed by Faulkner Brown. The building takes the approximate shape of an asymmetric trapezoidal prism, and from the outside the roof resembles a wave. Construction started in August 1996, and was completed in July 2000, with finishing touches made in September 2001. MAC hosts many swimming and water polo events but also hosts Lancashire County Championships and Age group North west Regionals for swimming. It was opened on 12 October 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II.
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  • Turned up this morning after checking the website only to be told no general swim as the pool is broken again. This is at least the 4th time we have been and this has happened. Mo one trained to updat...  read more »
  • I have been here many times and the one thing I have always found is this the water temperature is always cold. The showers are not the best here either, there is not enough of them and they don' t fu...  read more »
  • We went to the fun session which was advertised as one hour of swimming with floats and waterslides. On arrival we asked the receptionist if the slides were open and what the times were. We were told ...  read more »
  • I swim here five times a week, brilliant facilities, changing area & pool areas always clean, membership is extremely good value. Only downfall is that when special events are on public swimming is limited & in the training pool. Lost my glasses here today & as I am extremely short sighted had difficulty looking for them, staff were brilliant, very understanding & helped me search the changing area. Eventually a customer handed them in to reception. A massive thanks to both the customer and the staff for all their help.
  • i went here with great hopes about how a sport center could be. i m a gym person for all my life. it looked nice. over one year : staff r unhelpful, mostly rude.. i asked them to emphasize to ppl to fix some facilities after 2 months.. they said we told them once. it is now not our business. before i join, they told me lies., before i join they said you join and we fix that within this month, after many months still didnt work. the running mashines r small and not optimal - they r old versions
  • There is a 'hidden' 50m pool for experienced swimmers that must have been used as a warm up pool in the Games. If you go to the back of the changing rooms (away from the main pool area) and down to the basement you will find it if it is open. It's quite narrow but great for training. Love this 'hidden' pool for training but as a parent with young kids in the main pool area, I found some of the staff to be rude when at the pool for family time.
  • Been training here for slightly over half a year and continue to be disappointed. Especially during January and February the gym was largely crowded making it difficult to train properly. Now in April it's fewer people, but then the problem is that a lot of equipment got faults. It could be the lack of hooks to the wires (I.e. Can't put on ropes or rods on the wires) or lacking screws and batteries for the rowing machines. It is simple things to fix which the manager still don't care to do. Would have improved the experience significantly. Otherwise they lack for instance ropes yo train triceps, which I consider to be standard equipment for all gyms. The experience doesn't match the price at all. I will find another gym as soon as my 9 month membership ends.
  • I mainly use the swimming pool, but as a woman I've been subjected to a few 'over friendly' people who seem to think it's ok to ask for your number in a Sauna. The Health Suite is completely dominated by men, and its evident that they need more Women's only days. Swimming lanes are always rammed, and are always taken up by lessons of some sort. Changing rooms need a major update, and there is never a free locker. I can't believe they think 2 changing rooms for the gym is sufficient enough. The gym is not the nicest, mainly use it for weights. The cardio section is pretty diabolical as it goes even after its update. Always queing to get on a manchine, especially in a student dominated area. Its ok during holiday season. But £25 for swimming, gym and heath facilities is probably the best you'll get in the city centre and very family friendly.
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