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Manchester Aquatics Centre, Manchester
(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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  • Go very regularly . The toilets need sorting out and should be restocked more, but other than that all good! 
  • Can't complain with this aquatics facility. Two 50m pools. Diving pool and leisure pool with two slides. 
  • Friendly staff, good value, car park over Road gives a discount if you take ticket to reception at pool. Every one very friendly, I got exactly what I needed with all the support I could have asked fo...  more »
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  • Friendly staff, decent student discount (£182 for 9 months). Gets really busy at peak times and you have to book some of the classes very far in advance but the instructors are good and the gym equipment is all modern etc. Could do with being some more benches but there's not really the floor space. Pool available for different levels of swimmers at different times and all the staff are lovely
  • Manchester aquatic centre is great. I have been going (on and off) to the aquatic centre for around 7 years. They offer a university discount (for student and stuff) so if you are lucky you can obtain reduced admission. The aquatic centre actually has 3 swimming pools, a 50m and a diving pool on main floor and another 50m on the basement. The main 50m is typically partitioned as two pools of 23m and 25m, each with different depth (typically, 1.2m and 2m). There is a timetable which shows different formats of the pool at different times, with the timetable being available online. There is also a gym facility with a variety of classes, and a health suite, which similarly to the pools, you can use on a pay as you go basis or as part of a monthly membership. My only reservation for the Manchester aquatic centre is cleanliness. It's generally very good and clean but I believe at times it gets slightly neglected. If this issue is resolved then it would be worthy of 5 stars.
  • There are three gym sections, which are new and never too busy. The swimming pool is nice, but the 50 metres one is only available on the underground floor, which is only opened in the evening. Often the 25metres deep pool is used for lessons, so do check the timetable online before going so you won't be disappointed by swimming in a 1.25metres deep pool!
  • Baby swimming pool cold asked what temperature it was for the baby's sake for them to tell me it's perfect for a baby. 2 mins later the same guy come and tested temperature had a little word with few life guards and then say it's 2 and half degrees too cold I've put the heaters on it will take 30 mins. Other than the changing rooms everything else reasonable
  • I've been going here for years but it has slowly deteriorated to the point I'm not going again. It's dirty, Most things are broken, The staff are rude and unhelpful, Different facilities are closed at inconvenient times, The food is terrible when the cafe can be bothered opening. I went in to go swimming and in the spa facilities with my partner and children. The child's pool closed as soon as we got in the pool, the large swimming pool was also closed and when I asked they said it was booked out although nobody used it the whole time we were there?? Only one of the two saunas was working and the one that was on, wasn't very hot. The jacuzzi had a cover screwed on and I was told it hasn't been used for years. The only thing that was working was the steam room although it looks dirty. The only thing we could do was swim in the middle pool that is about 1.25m deep which was annoyingly shallow and cold. My partner ended up sitting on the side of the pool watching. When we left I tried to validate my car park ticket, the machine didn't work so the staff member tried to fix the problem but couldn't. He then said to press the help button when I got to the paystation and explain which I did, the lady who I spoke to understood but then couldn't bring the £1 price on the machine, she then passed me on again and said to press the help button at the barrier. I then did this and ended up speaking to a manager at NCP who said he hadn't been informed by the swimming pool that there was a problem with the machine. He then expected me to chase this down myself. When I phoned the swimming reception they then said there was no problem with their validating machine. I still refused to pay full price and the manager allowed me to only pay the £1 as I was blocking the barrier. I know these are two different companies but they are working in partnership to allow people to swim and the whole experience was dreadful There are far better pools in greater Manchester with excellent service, parking and cleanliness. Try Hyde leisure centre instead.