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Riverside Leisure Centre

Our flagship centre Riverside Leisure Centre offers a superb range of facilities to suit everyone, along with a Chelmsford city centre location.

How to find Riverside

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Located along the River Chelmer, it couldn't be easier to access Riverside's extensive range of facilities on foot, by bike, by car or public transport.

By bus 

Many bus routes run into the city centre, and stop a short walk from the centre. You can look at First Essex to check which buses stop at Riverside. 

By train 

The nearest train station to Riverside is Chelmsford, which is around a 10 minute walk. You can look at Trainline to check which trains stop at Chelmsford station. 


Riverside is centrally located in the city centre along the River Chelmer and can be easily accessed on foot through the Bond Street development, via Victoria Road or Waterloo Lane. 

By bicycle

You can find out which cycle routes to take to Riverside. 

By car 

There is a customers-only car park. You can enter the car park and the ice rink undercroft car park from Victoria Road. This car park is cashless. You can pay by card, contactless payment or the MiPermit app

At peak times the ice rink undercroft is reserved for monthly members only (permit required) with a maximum stay of three hours. 

You can find out more about the Riverside car park.

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Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Our facilities, including the ice rink may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


  • State of the art gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking
  • All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.


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Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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