Lido Pontypridd, the £6.3 Million National Lido of Wales has re-opened following a major restoration project.

Spearheaded by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw, the project has totally transformed the landmark Grade II listed lido into one of the most iconic open-air lidos in the UK.

The project included restoring and remodelling the Lido with three heated swimming pools that offers maximum flexibility to accommodate different age groups and facilitate a varied and fun activities programme. It also includes a café and a state-of-the-art dry play area.

The restoration also included new features such as external and internal showers, heated changing facilities and a learning and visitors' centre depicting the history of the Lido and the wider park.

A designated learning space is open to school and community groups, as well as being available for meetings and training activities by local organisations.

Built in 1927 in an arts and crafts style, the lido has a distinctive Mediterranean influence and, with its swimming pool, bath gallery and changing rooms, the lido complex was unusually large, accommodating up to 1,000 people in its heyday.

During the post-war years the lido remained a popular attraction for the local community but by the early 1980s the complex fell into decline and was closed in 1991.