Ruislip Lido Car Park
There are basically THREE car parks at Ruislip Lido
Car Park One:
Hillingdon First Cardholders Only
Residents of the London Borough of Hillingdon can apply to the Council for a Hillingdon First Card allowing them discounted car parking and free refuse disposal at local waste centres etc. If you visit the Lido by car then having this card will give you substantial discounts over what residents from other boroughs have to pay.
Residents of Hillingdon who wish to park at the Lido can do so for FREE! All you have to do is present your card at the machine and display your ticket.
You must ALWAYS get a ticket and although the machine has a coin slot there is NO option to pay by cash. If you are not a Hillingdon First Card holder you MUST use the other car park for the Lido.
This car park, called Willow Lawn Car Park, is furthest away from what one might deem the "Main Entrance" and the pub.
There are six electric car charging point in this car park - and you MUST have a Hillingdon First Card to use them.
This car park is locked at 9 p.m
Car Park Two:
hillingdon First cardholders and those from outside the area
The "Public" car park is to the right, the entrance to the left is for the pub car park only and IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO THE PUB DO NOT GO IN THERE AT ALL OR YOU WILL GET A PARKING TICKET.
This is what was the old main car park and is more or less opposite the entrance and the pub. Hillingdon First Card holders can park in this car park for free, and again you must display a ticket.
If you do not have a Hillingdon First Card then the price to park for "off season" is £3.50 for a day, or £5 for a day in the "summer". There are no short term tickets available.
There are no electric vehicle charging points in this car park, there are on "Willow Lawn" (see above) but you MUST have a Hillingdon First Card and get a ticket in there to use them.
This car park is locked at 9 p.m.
Car Park Three:
The Waters Edge Pub
The Waters Edge Pub
This is to the left as you enter the main car park and there is an ANPR camera that gets a snapshot of your number plate as you drive in.
My understanding is you have to give your registration number in at the bar or enter it in to a Tablet PC there and you then get up to three hours free parking (best check how long in the pub if it is not clear). You have to at least buy a drink.
DO NOT DRIVE IN THIS CAR PARK UNLESS YOU PLAN TO VISIT THE PUB EVEN WHEN THE PUB IS CLOSED as you will get a ticket if you do not, or can not, give your car registration number in over the bar.
If you have a Hillingdon First Card it is suggested that you park in one of the main car parks then the two hour curfew would not apply.
Of course if you only wanted to park for a short period you could park in the pub section, go in the pub and give them your registration number, buy a drink (soft?) and you have three hours parking for the cost of the drink.
These car parks are regularly patrolled. If you do not get the correct ticket you will get a fine from the council.
If you have a Hillingdon First Card you MUST get a ticket from the machine using it and display it.
Hillingdon First Card tickets are NOT valid in the Waters Edge section of the car park. If you park it the pub section you MUST get a drink (at least) over the bar and give them your registration number or you will be issued with a fine through the post.
Do NOT park in the local streets as chances are you will get a ticket, even if you park on Ducks Hill Road at the far end of Reservoir Road you will get fined.
Do NOT park in The Six Bells car park on Ducks Hill Road.
UNOFFICIAL - Extra Weekend Car Parking:
Before the car parks were all changed and extended there were signs directing you to an overflow option by using the car park at Breakspear Crematorium.
Now, although those signs have been removed parking at the Crematorium may well still be possible, and whilst during the week when there are services on this could be considered as disrespectful, at weekends the car parks are open there are no services held so you could use it. There may be signs there saying you cannot use it for the Lido but there is no difference between a car parking to go to the crematorium and one where people are going to the Lido. At the time of writing parking here is not charged.
To get to the crematorium exit Reservoir Road where the Lido is and turn left, then right at the mini roundabout after about 100 yards. The main entrance to the Crematorium is immediately on the right but DO NOT ENTER HERE instead go along the road about 200 yards and you will see a second entrance to it on the right, Enter here and the car park is just through the gates. Please be aware this car park is locked after 6 p.m.
Another option when the car parks are full.....
OR..... Exit Reservoir Road and turn left. After about 1/2 mile turn left in to Park Avenue (7' width restriction) and then second left in to Sherwood Avenue. Park somewhere here and opposite the end of Sherwood Avenue is a footpath leading to the woods and you can walk down the hill and get in at the far side of the Lido. You will need decent shoes for the walk, as it could be a bit muddy at times! Total walk about 750 yards.
Park And Ride?
Tow Away Zone
Don't get your car towed away!
The roads around the Lido have been designated a "Tow Away Zone".
Be aware if you park illegally the coucil may tow your car away.
All information was correct in 2018. You must ALWAYS check for up to date information at the machines at the time you park. Do NOT park in the Waters Edge section unless you intend to go there and you MUST give them your registration number.
Please e-mail any comments or corrections to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are more pictures and some other information on this page on the old Ruislip web site