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The lovely warm pool at The Mercure Grand Hotel’s health club is the perfect size for our baby and pre-school classes. It’s wonderfully located in the centre of Bristol, right by St Nick’s market and The Galleries.

  • Discounted on-site parking (and very central for bus routes)
  • Changing rooms with showers, hairdryers and lockers
  • Spectators welcome on poolside
  • Note that there is a minimum parent height of 5’2” as the pool depth is 1.35m.

For class times, booking and a location map, click here.





Address: Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EL

Venue website: The Grand Hotel

Parking: There is an NCP car park next to The Grand Hotel.  To find it, drive down Broad Street, turn right immediately after the hotel, take a ticket and park your car.  Puddle Ducks customers receive a 50% parking discount. 

Essential information:

  • The health club is in the building next to the main hotel and can’t be reached via the main hotel entrance.  Press the intercom to gain access to the health club.
  • You are welcome to bring pushchairs and car seats to the pool.  There is a lift for access. Please leave them in the club foyer as space is limited in the changing rooms. Thank you.
  • Spectators are welcome on poolside.
  • There are no nappy bins at this venue so please take your nappy home with you.
  • No food is permitted on the poolside or in the changing rooms, please save your child’s snack until after you have left the pool.

Changing rooms: There are two large changing areas, one male and one female, both with showers. Please bring your child’s towel poolside so you can wrap them up after class. 

Baby feeding room: There is a private room available just by the reception area for baby feeding, if you wish.


  • A well-fitting neoprene swim nappy must be worn with a disposable swim nappy or an environmentally friendly NappyWrap & Liner underneath, if your child is in Floaties, Splashers or Kickers, or in other programmes if they are not yet fully potty/toilet trained. We recommend one of our great value Starter Packs which contain the swim lesson essentials at a fantastic price.
  • All Swim Academy children must wear swim hats in the pool. You can find these plus our range of goggles and other Swim Accessories in our online shop.
  • Our online shop stocks a fantastic kids swimwear collection plus super useful bags, towels, changing mats and much, much more!
  • You can find lots of additional useful information about attending our swim classes on our FAQs page.

Exclusivity: Puddle Ducks has exclusive use of the swimming pool.

Access: The health club is in the building next to the main hotel and can’t be reached via the main hotel entrance.  Press the intercom to gain access to the health club.  If you have parked in the NCP car park, take the lift to the basement level which leads directly to the health club.

Technical information:

  • Pool temperature: 30-31°C.
  • Poolside assistant: There isn’t a Puddle Ducks Poolside Assistant at this venue.
  • Depth: 1.35m (there is a minimum parent height of 5’2”)
  • Maximum class ratios:
    • 9 children/adult pairs : 1 teacher (Baby and Preschool classes)

Helping you to make your special time last even longer…that’s the Puddle Ducks’ difference

Closest café

The hotel restaurant is an ideal place to have a hot or cold drink and a snack or lunch with your swimming friends. 

There are so many cafés and restaurants to choose from in central Bristol.  Why not take a stroll into St Nicholas Market or take a picnic to Castle Park.  

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