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Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh

A-listed building. 1 billion gallons of water.Drama. Depth. Modern heritage.

Royal Commonwealth Pool

With Arthur’s Seat outside and award-winning architecture inside, Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool offers a dramatic setting for the Diving competitions. The original Royal Commonwealth Pool was designed by RMJM Architects in 1967 for the Edinburgh 1970 Commonwealth Games and it was used again for Edinburgh 1986. Owned by City of Edinburgh Council, the venue has undergone major refurbishment, including the upgrading of the diving pool to meet international standards.

Fast facts

  • The Royal Commonwealth Pool was officially listed by Historic Scotland in March 1996 and is a category A building. The Pool received a Structural Steel Design Award in 1970, a RIBA award in 1971, and a Civic Trust Award in 1972.
  • Arthur’s Seat, located directly behind the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Holyrood Park, is an extinct volcano and is one of the seven hills that surround the city.