Sandwell Aquatics Centre


About Sandwell Aquatics Centre

The Sandwell Aquatics Centre is the only brand-new venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

It houses a swimming and diving competition pool and this venue will host more medal events than any other venue. A temporary swimming and para swimming warm-up pool has also been built at the facility, as well as a dry dive training area.

After the Games, the venue will be reconfigured, including the removal of the 4,000 temporary seats, and additional leisure facilities will be added before the centre reopens as a community facility in the summer of 2023.

Accessibility: The venue is in a residential area with hard standing pedestrian footpaths. There will be a host of temporary accessible facilities located in our fan zone including a changing places toilet.

Sandwell Aquatics Centre Venue Map

Plan your Journey

Use the Games Journey Planner to map your route to the Games. Enter your starting location, and start typing the name of your Games Venue, select your Games session. The Journey Planner will recommend a personalised travel plan, and the carbon impact of each option.

For accessible shuttle buses or to book blue badge parking select the Blue Badge or Accessible Shuttles option and edit your date and proposed arrival time.

The taxi icon shows taxi ranks near each of the Games venues. The wheelchair icon shows the location of blue badge parking locations, please be aware that these are limited and need to be pre-booked. The bicycle icon shows the locations where West Midlands Cycle Hire docking stations are available.

Getting to Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Travel Guidance Travel
  • Get Active

    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to the venue. Cycle parking is available near to Sandwell Aquatics Centre. The designated walking route from Smethwick Galton Bridge rail station to the venue is shown on the map.

    Cycle hire is available across the West Midlands. Bikes are available 24/7, with docking stations at major bus, metro and train stations, visitor attractions and city or town centres.

    The cycle route from the canal network can be used to reach the venue. Heading west out of Birmingham City Centre, leave the canal at Smethwick Galton Bridge station, at which point you join Holly Lane and our designated walking route.

  • Catch The Train

    Catch the train to The Hawthorns, from there, a dedicated Games shuttlebus will be provided between the station and the venue. The shuttlebus and local rail travel is included in your ticket price on the day of your event. The load zone for boarding the shuttle buses will be on Halfords Lane, with a drop off location on Manor Road.

    An accessible shuttle will operate between the Hawthorns Station and the venue. The Hawthorns train station has step free access to all platforms and an assisted travel lounge. If you require assistance, please book this via the relevant train operator in advance of your journey.

    You can also catch the train to Smethwick Galton Bridge train station. From there, you can walk to the venue using the designated walking route. Please note, onward accessible shuttles are only available from the Hawthorns station.

  • Take the Bus

    There are regional bus services available, with the nearest bus stops being along Holly Lane. Please use the Games Journey Planner for details on the best bus routes to get to the venue.

    Accessible Shuttle Bus
    There will be an accessible shuttle bus that will run from blue badge parking and drop off at Londonderry Lane, just outside of the venue (venue side). Running approx. every 15 minutes.

Sandwell Aquatics Centre Transport Map

What to expect

Witness swimmers, Para swimmers and divers take to the water in this, magnificent brand-new, state-of-the-art facility.

For Swimming and Para Swimming, six days of competition will showcase individual and team events in all four swimming strokes and medley events. Distances vary from 50m to 1500m.

There are 25 swimming and Para swimming events for men, plus 25 for women, plus there are mixed relay events too.

Once the swimming competition has ended, the diving will get underway and this includes 1m and 3m springboard events, along with the 10m platform event. For the first time ever at the Commonwealth Games, there will also be mixed synchronised diving.

In addition to the sport there will be plenty to see and do at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre. You can take part in our ‘have a go’ activities and maybe even meet an athlete or Perry the Bull, Birmingham 2022’s official mascot.

About the area - What to do and where to stay

Sandwell Aquatics centre is in the heart of the West Midlands in the  Black Country, long-known for its industrial heritage. It’s also home to 1,200 hectares of  award-winning parks, playing fields and open spaces. Unexpected, perhaps, but they all add up to a range of green spaces to explore – from our ‘jewel in the crown’  Sandwell Valley in West Bromwich to nature reserves dotted all over the borough. 

Sandwell has some of the most important and interesting historic buildings in the West Midlands, where visitors can discover the fascinating stories of those who lived and worked in these buildings. There’s a lively programme of events, exhibitions and activities for all ages, rooms to hire, wedding venues, creative learning activities and leisure centres. 


Games begin in:


28 July - 8 August 2022