The Leisure Complex and swimming baths opened in 1968 by Durham County Council and after 30 years of trying it cost £300,000 to build.

The Leisure complex is home to the General Gym and swimming facilities.

Why should you visit Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex?

Because it is a good place to visit and you will enjoy all of the facilities.

There are many things to do at the Leisure Complex including:

  • Café and vending machines to have something to eat and drink
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Swimming Clubs for more information then click here
  • Swimming General and Lane Swimming
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Aqua Aerobics
  • Body pump
  • Pilates
  • You can book leisure centre activities online, for more information then click here
  • For information on the memberships then click here

The atmosphere can be busy during holidays and weekends, it is a good place to go to get motivated and be active. It has got relaxing facilities such as the sauna and the steam room to get more information on the gym then click here


The Leisure Complex has got a disabled carpark space on the front next to the main entrance with the automatic door, the other carpark space on the back of the Leisure Complex is really big, it’s a minute walk from the bus stop, you can get the x21, number 6 and number 87 bus down from Woodhouse Lane to Bishop Auckland Bus Station.

The male and female changing rooms have disabled changing room access and the main swimming pool has got a pool lift so that a disabled person can get in the pool and the pool lift is manual, it is easy to use. In addition, there is a small pool and a training pool. The main reception has a disabled door near the weight scales. However, the building does not have a lift so there is no access for anyone capable of using the stairs so they can go into the pool viewing area and the functional room.

disabled toilets at leisure complex

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Disabled changing rooms at the swimming baths

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Q Does it have any classes?

Yes there is swimming lessons, gym classes, exercise classes and aqua classes.

Q Do you have to pay to use the lockers?

Yes there is a £1 charge to use the lockers and you get the £1 coin back.

Q Do the closing times vary?

Yes there is new closing times on Monday to Thursdays it is 9.45pm.

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  • Friday07:00 AM - 08:30 PM
  • Saturday08:00 AM - 03:30 PM
  • Sunday08:00 AM - 03:30 PM
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