Knap Lido, Barry, Wales

Knap Lido, Barry, Wales

For decades, the windswept lido at Barry in Wales was one of the region’s top tourist attractions.

Situated on the Bristol channel, the grand old complex was built by volunteers and opened in the 1920s. The largest open-air swimming pool in Wales, and one of the largest in Britain, it kept tourists coming until well into the 1980s.

At its height in the 1970s, the lido and surrounding area would be crawling with bathers who had paid the 5p entry fee.

Shut down in the mid-1980s, Knap Lido remained in a state of decay until well into the 21st century.

Despite plenty of support from locals for reopening the pool, it was slowly pulled down and eventually dismantled altogether.

But hope has not yet been lost. Community groups have previously campaigned for a new, restored lido to be opened on the old site, following the successful redevelopment of the old lido in Pontypridd.

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