Sport & Exercise

Pleasance Sports Complex & Gym

The University of Edinburgh's Pleasance Sports Complex & Gym boasts some of the finest sports and fitness facilities in the country.

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Discover all the facilities available with a Sport & Exercise membership

As well as one of the country’s leading gym facilities the Pleasance also houses two multi-purpose sports halls, catering for a diverse range of indoor sports - everything from badminton to ultimate frisbee. There are also a number of sports-specific areas including dance studios, squash courts, boxing and martial arts areas, archery and rifle ranges and climbing/bouldering walls. So, whether your interest is an occasional visit to the gym or competing at a national level, we’re sure to have something to suit your needs.


Gyms at the Pleasance to undergo seven figure refurbishment

Over £1 million will be invested in the Cardio and Eric Liddell Gyms this summer.  

Preparatory work within the Cardio Gym will start from 24 April 2023, when the process of moving some of the existing cardio kit to other spaces in the gym will begin. Once alternative provision is in place, the Cardio Gym will close. We expect this stage of the works to take place from 1 May to late June. During the second stage of the work, planned between late June and August 23, both the Cardio Gym and Eric Liddell Gym will be closed. Further alternative arrangements will be put in place during stage 2 of the works to mitigate, as much as possible, disruption to members.

We plan to reopen the renewed, refreshed and reimagined space in early August 2023. 

Our gym offering

cardio gym
Whether you're interested in cardiovascular exercise, circuits, fixed or free weights, we have a gym space to suit your fitness needs.

Bouldering and roped climbing

We have two climbing rooms at the Pleasance: a roped facility (the Tower) and a bouldering room (the Rock).

Weekly class timetable

Spin bikes at the Pleasance gym
View our weekly class schedule to find out when your favourite class is on. Classes are available to all our members as part of your membership but need to be pre-booked online.

Indoor sports facilities

From basketball to badminton, we have activity areas for a variety of individual and team sports.

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Lady lifting a dumbbell at the Pleasance gym
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Performance Gym

Performance Gym
Refurbished in summer 2022, our Performance Gym offers a state-of-the-art and private training space for our elite student athletes. The Performance Gym is also used by national and international athletes and teams.

About us

Our facilities, virtual tour, opening times and our location information.