The Royal Commonwealth Pool is a category-A-listed building in Edinburgh that houses one of Scotland's main swimming pools. It is usually referred to simply as the Commonwealth Pool and known colloquially as the 'Commie'.Plan your Royal Commonwealth Pool visit and explore what else you can see and do in Edinburgh using our Edinburgh itinerary planner.
The pool was commissioned by the Council under a plan by the then Lord Provost, Sir Herbert Archbold Brechin in 1966 as part of a wider project to bring the Commonwealth Games to Edinburgh. This, with the help of other committee members such as Sir John Inch came to fruition in 1970.
Construction began in 1967 and was completed in 1970. The architecture was by Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall with structural input from Ove Arup & Partners.
The pool was closed 2009 to 2012 for major internal remodelling.
In 1993 it was selected by the international conservation organisation DoCoMoMo as one of sixty key Scottish monuments of the post-war period. It was also nominated in 2002 by the Architecture Heritage Society of Scotland as one of the most significant modern contributions to Scottish heritage. These sentiments were echoed in Prospect 100 best modern Scottish buildings, published in 2005. S&P Architects were the architects and lead consultants for the 2012 refurbishment and were awarded the Scottish Design Award in 2012 for the best reuse of a listed building.
Royal Commonwealth Pool Reviews
Visited mainly for the Aquadash inflatable assault course with my 11 year old goddaughter; she loved this, but agreed that there were far too many people in the session. From the bookings website, the... more »
I have been visiting the commonwealth pool for many years as it is the best place to have a proper swim. I was impressed this morning with Alex who really did go the "extra mile" in service. Friendly,... more »
Pretty good swimming lessons in a pool that is generally quite warm. Good changing facilities and free hair dryers. Nice cup of coffee available in cafe while kids expend energy in soft play. Staff very friendly and good with kids.
Very well kept and clean pool with large accessible changing rooms. Nice staff were helpful. 50m pool which is 2 meters deep. A £1 coin is needed for a locker. Hair dryer and wet clothes spinner on site.
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