Now over 50 years old, the Royal Commonwealth Pool is among Scotland’s most iconic leisure centres. Delivering a host of swimming and diving events, the Commonwealth Pool was built in 1970 to host the Commonwealth Games then again in 1986 and 2014, it is the only venue to host three Commonwealth Games events. Additionally, the FINA World Series and European Championships were held in 2013 and 2018 respectively to showcase the best aquatics from around the world.

The Commonwealth Pool plays an integral role in keeping Edinburgh active on a daily basis. We're proud to have a top-spec gym, the city's only 50-metre pool and a whole host of other spaces you can stay active. We also run a successful coaching programme for swimming, diving and gymnastics. Read more about this here.

For kids The Royal Commonwealth Pool is home to one of our three soft play venues across Edinburgh. The pool also hosts our thrilling inflatable assault course AquaDash and AquaDash Extreme, bookable during weekends and school holidays.

Don't forget to drop into our on-site Cafe Refresh for hot and cold food, drinks, snacks and treats. 

The Royal Commonwealth Pool is also home to a 'Poolpod'. The submersible lift creates an inclusive swimming environment for people with long-term health conditions, disabilities and rehabilitation needs. 


There is no booking needed for Swimming or a Gym session (for over 16s) -  just drop in as a member or a visitor.

All Fitness and Gym classes and Coaching lessons require pre-booking. See our timetable for more information. Under 16s must also pre-book a gym session.

You can book online or via our mobile app for Android or iOS by creating or logging in to your booking account. Any problems see our step by step guide to booking an activity. Please read our Booking Terms & Conditions before booking.

AquaDash and AquaDash Extreme sessions must be pre-booked via the website.




The Royal Commonwealth Pool hosts events and competitions throughout the year which can impact on the availability of our facilities.

Find out the latest updates, events and goings on in the venue here - What's On at RCP

Make sure to check out our social media on Facebook and Instagram


Join us for an action-packed summer filled with sports, fun and learning!

We have a wide programme of full and short day camps / coaching lessons running across Edinburgh. Our summer coaching lessons are perfect for trying out something new before signing up to our main coaching programme in August.


At the Royal Commonwealth Pool we offer:

  • Full Day Multi-Activity Camps (P1 - P7) - Book Here
    with a fun Olympic-themed week from Mon 29 July - Fri 2nd Aug!
  • Full Day Aquatics Camps (9 years+) - Book Here
  • Full Day Gymnastics Camps (P1+) - Book Here
  • Dive Coaching (P1+, including adult coaching) - Book Here
  • Gym NRG Zone Bootcamps (S1 - 15 years) - Find out more here.


Are your kids eager to explore different sports before committing to our coaching programme in August? Now's the perfect opportunity! 

For just £3.00 per session, your children can experience a fun Dive coaching session and get a taste of the fun without any long-term commitment.

Come & Try Dive sessions are running at the Royal Commonwealth Pool between 5th - 9th August.

We offer options for both under-5s and P1+:

All of the Come & Try sessions are also part of our exciting city-wide GO FOR GOLD Summer Mini-Games. Pick up a GO FOR GOLD Game Card at any of our venues and start collecting activity stickers!