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Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh

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Royal Commonwealth Pool

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Diving will be held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, located 45 miles to the east of Glasgow.

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.

The building was nominated in 2002 by the Architecture Heritage Society of Scotland as one of the most significant modern contributions to Scottish heritage.

There is a Royal park located in the close vicinity of the pool, Holyrood Park. It has an array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of whin (gorse) providing a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape within its 650-acre (260 ha) area.

Edinburgh is home to a host of fabulous attractions, from iconic Edinburgh Castle to the National Museum of Scotland, great theatres offering excellent shows to the activity sport centres and outdoor attractions.

Edinburgh will also play host to the annual Edinburgh Festival at the same time as the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the biggest and most celebrated arts festival in the world, which pulls in over 2,000 shows across August, ranging from spoken word and comedy to theatre and dance. 

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.

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